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Valentine's Day Revolt

Unless you're heartless or your internet connection died you know that Friday is Valentine's Day. A day that everyone from the florists' association to Vermont Teddy Bears (selling a $100 bear!) tells us is essential to the state of your romantic relationship. We're supposed, no REQUIRED, to spend hundreds of dollars to prove to our mate (or potential mate) that we love them. You can't access any media including your Twitter account without someone telling you what you should be that really demonstrates your love. Allow me to respond. BULL...oney! Love isn't demonstrated by a 2 or 5 pound box of chocolates (not even Godiva). Nor an overpriced bouquet of roses. Or even an expensive piece of jewelry. Real, lasting love is demonstrated by the little things you do for that person on a regular basis. Making morning coffee. Filling up their car. Even taking out the garbage without being nagged! That's not to say that you shouldn't do something nice to celebrate Valentine's Day. In fact you'll find a whole bunch of budget-friendly ideas in our library Some are not only very creative, but very romantic, too! But make sure that you also bring her a bouquet 6 weeks from now when she's not expecting it. Oh, and take out the trash tomorrow, too!
Published Feb 07 2014, 01:58 PM by Gary
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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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Gary is a former financial planner and purchasing manager who edits The Dollar Stretcher website <www.stretcher.com> and newsletters. You can follow Gary on Twitter.com/gary_foreman
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