Money and Valentines go hand in hand. Whatever you say, people are going to be spending money to show their love.
But what if you are a money blogger and know all about savings, wise spending, being frugal and all that? Well, this year again, I am hosting a series of posts featuring some of my favourite UK money bloggers and their take on the Valentines period, particularly as it relates to love and money.
The posts are funny and inspiring and the aim is to inspire you to have a rethink about how you view love and money.
This first post features Laura, The Thrifty Londoner.
My questions and Laura’s answers on love and money
I asked Laura what her take was on the matter of getting children involved in Valentines Day, i.e. gifting them or giving them cards and expecting them to do the same, for example.
I don’t see anything wrong with it, but my personal choice is to keep Valentine’s Day as a special day for couples
I then asked what about her views on her significant other’s spending habits at Valentines?
We don’t tend to splurge lots of money on each other and prefer to go for a nice meal together. We usually give each other a little gift- he usually gets me a Lush bath bomb or two!
I then asked, “Do you think couples should agree a spending limit for valentines? Why or why not?”
I think if the couple has some big savings goals (like we do!) it is sensible to agree a spending limit and each pay half for a meal, for example. This way you are both working towards a shared goal and enjoying an experience together.
I was curious to hear her view on the statement that ‘men are rubbish at choosing/buying proper Valentine’s gifts.
I have been given some questionable gifts in the past but my experience has mostly been positive! I like to think Valentine’s Day as a bit of fun rather than an occasion to give and receive big gifts.
Now the Fun Bit on love and money
- Share a funny Valentine story
My partner of 5 years and I became ‘officially’ an item the day before Valentine’s Day- even after he gave me a Valentine’s card about farting, signed ‘From George’ – no x’s or love mentioned at all!! Thankfully he has got better at writing cards as the years have gone on.
- 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)
The one thing that money can buy that I wish I could get this Valentine’s Day would be a holiday! I would love to take a trip to Seville in Spain this year. Maybe I should make a grand gesture this Valentine’s and gift this to my partner instead?! Then he has to take me with him 😉
I gather that Laura will have a fab Valentines day this year. And perhaps if she shares this post to the right people, she will make it to Seville later this year, at no cost to herself.
What do you think? What are your plans for Valentines day? Are you planning or expecting a big monetary spend? Whatever you do, enjoy the day, but remember there will be other days to plan and spend for, so don’t bust your budget.
Thanks to Laura for sharing with us and do check out her blog using the link above.
Jo and Leisa