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Being Frugal vs. Valentine's Day

Hello to all my Frugal Friends!

Is it possible to be frugal and be a good Valentine at the same time? You have to wonder.

According to the National Retail Federation we'll spend $18.6 billion(!) on Valentine's Day. The average American will spend $131 on their significant other. Seems like the consensus is that you have to spend big to show how much you care for that special someone in your life.

Well, I beg to differ! I don't think that you demonstrate love by spending more. In fact, unless your very wealthy it's probably very unromantic to spend a bunch of money trying to show your love.


Suppose you spend $100 on a really nice, romantic dinner. You'll both enjoy a nice evening and hopefully build some memories. But, if you put it on your credit card you'll be paying for it for 2 years. Does your mate really want you to be in credit card debt? Wouldn't your life be less stressful and more loving if you didn't have the debt?


So if you still haven't spent the average $131 you might want to check out the Valentine's Day section of our library. You'll find literally dozens of ways to show your love in a frugal, but still romantic, way!


All the Best!



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For more than 25 years, Gary Foreman has worked to manage money effectively. Prior to starting The Dollar Stretcher, he was a financial planner and purchasing manager. While helping clients manage their hard earned money as a financial planner, he applied commonsense, time-tested techniques during the turbulent 1980’s. The experience convinced him that you didn’t need to hit the lottery to accumulate significant wealth. Following that, Gary had an opportunity to learn more about how to get the best value for a dollar spent in the corporate world. As the Purchasing Manager for a computer manufacturer, he was responsible for supervising over $10 million in annual purchases. Gary began The Dollar Stretcher website <www.TheDollarStretcher.com> and newsletters in April 1996. Over 300,000 readers benefit from the time and money saving ideas presented in The Dollar Stretcher newsletters each week. His mission is to help people "Live Better for Less". He also provides private label newsletters for companies wishing to provide money saving information for their clients and/or prospects. Gary lives in Florida along with his wife of thirty years and their two children. Much of his time is spent working with the men's ministry of his church. One of their ongoing projects is the "Holy Smoke BBQ" which sells bbq on Friday nights with the profits going to support local foster kids and orphans. When he has a free moment you’ll find him restoring a Checker station wagon nicknamed “Two Ton” or cruising in a '65 Impala SS Convertible with doo-wops playing in the background.

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