This year I’ve decided to do a little Valentine series on love and money. I got some awesome responses from some of the top UK Money bloggers and Fiona of Savvy in Somerset is one. You will see some of the questions I asked her and her responses below. She also shares a funny Valentines story for us.
When asked ‘What do you think about getting children involved in Valentine’s Day?’, she responded,
I think it’s sweet but with younger children, I think there should be the extra effort made to ensure every child is included in some way and that no-one gets left out.
She was also asked ‘What are your views on your significant other’s spending habits at Valentines?’
To be honest we tend to just do cards and then go out for a nice meal rather than spend lots of money on flowers or chocolates. We have a couple favourite restaurants we only go to on very special occasions so we’d probably go to one of those for a really nice dinner.
Fiona, do you think couples should agree on a spending limit for valentines? Why or why not?
I think it depends on what you can afford. If money is no object then, of course, go for it! But Valentine’s day is 100% not worth getting in any sort of debt or money problems for. There are so many things you can do for little money, or even for free and people always appreciate homemade thoughtful gifts much more than shop bought ones.
She was then asked, ‘What’s your view on the statement that ‘men are rubbish at choosing/buying proper Valentine’s gifts?’
I think it depends on the man! My husband isn’t good at buying small gifts – so if I set a low a budget I know he’d have trouble sticking to it even though he’d make every effort to get something I’d like. He also knows I’d rather go out for a nice dinner than have him spend money on chocolates and flowers so that’s what we’d usually do.
Now the Fun Bit of Love and Money
Share a funny Valentine story
A few years ago, I’d probably been with my husband three or four years at the time, we had quite a memorable valentine’s night. We were saving for a house and so had decided I’d cook us a nice meal at my parent house. I spent all day preparing and cooking one his favorite meals – Rack Of Ribs – as well as a starter and pudding. He came over, we ate dinner and then snuggled up to watch a movie. It was at this point he got a migraine and proceeded to throw up everything I’d cooked all over my bedroom. Once the sickness was over I was in such a rush to give him some medication I ended up giving him the wrong thing – his daily meds instead of his emergency migraine ones. Cue me spending over an hour the phone to NHS direct trying to find how to rectify my mistake and whether I could actually give him anything else without the risk of an overdose. He was fine in the end but it’s definitely the Valentines day that stands out the most in my memory!
Tell us the one thing (that money can buy) that you wish you could get for Valentines Day OR share a pic of something you want or plan to give this Valentines Day (family friendly please)
I’d love to be able to book some more travel for my husband and I. We spent a lot of time last year travelling and doing lots of ‘Bucket List’ type things before settling down to start a family. And while I know becoming a parent is going to be an amazing adventure, I’d love to have unlimited funds to be able to book some travel adventures with our new addition too!
Thanks so much to money blogger Fiona for giving us an insight into how she sees love and money. My favourite take from her is ‘Valentines Day is not worth getting into any sort of debt or money problems for’.
If you’d like to read what some male money bloggers think of money and Valentine, you can check out that post here.
What’s your take on this whole idea of spending money for Valentines Day? Is it worth it? Share with us in the comments below.
I’m grateful to Fiona for her help with this series. If, like me, you are sometimes stuck with blog post ideas, check this out for over 100 blog post ideas.