Cheaper Alternatives to Valentine's Day Chocolates and Roses

Posted on 02/06/2012

It appears that we as consumers are in love with spending money on chocolates and roses for our Valentines. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers will spend $1.8 billion on flowers and $1.5 billion on candy. But if you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to cupid’s Valentine’s Day staples, then try these ideas instead of buying chocolate and roses.

Homemade Truffles A gourmet batch of chocolate truffles can set you back some serious cash. But it is possible to make these yummy treats at home for a fraction of the price. Check out this recipe for easy homemade truffles at With just four ingredients, you’ll spend a lot less money making these at home than the store-bought version.

Love Story Photo Book
Your Valentine will love flipping through the pages of your love story. Upload and organize photos of the two of you to create a custom photo book. Plus right now you can save $10 off any Walgreens photo order of $20 or more by entering coupon code LESS10 at checkout. This deal runs through Saturday, February 11.

New Perfume or Cologne
Perfume can be pricey, but not with the sale going on right now at Perfumania. When you enter code VDAY14 at checkout you’ll save 20%. On top of that, all orders ship free and they’ll throw in three free samples, too. You can shop by price so if you’re trying to stick to a budget, check out the scents under $50.

Custom Art
Etsy makes getting your hands on one-of-a-kind artwork and crafts incredibly affordable. Have your initials carved into reclaimed Maine white birch fashioned into a tea light candle holder. It’s thoughtful, unique and only $24.

Send a Free Victoria’s Secret Valentine
Save paper and cash by sending a free digital Valentine’s card courtesy of Address your Valentine, choose a design and choose a message. Plus you’ll also have a chance to enter to win a Costa Rican getaway for two which would definitely make your sweetheart swoon.

By Alison Storm

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