Using Coupons for a Frugal Romance: Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts Don’t Have to Cost a Bundle, Says Valpak

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Think presenting a Valentine with something nice will cost a bundle? Valpak recommends: use coupons.

'You can enjoy fun and frugal dates with your significant other, while living on less,' says Kelly Snyder, of Kansas blog, and contributor to blog.

Think presenting a Valentine with something nice will cost a bundle? Go ahead and use that coupon and make everyone happy.

Nearly nine in 10 (86%) approved of their date using a coupon for a special night out, according to a survey* by Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, and has been in the business of helping people save money for more than 45 years.

“For many couples, funds are tight because of job loss, college expenses, debt reduction, or trying to stay on a budget,” wrote Kelly Snyder on the Valpak blog, Behind the Blue. According to Snyder, a DealPro and founder of the, savings can be had anytime – even on the most romantic day of the year.

“One question I often get is, 'How do you even have date nights with your husband, when you live on practically nothing?' I’m here to tell you that you can enjoy fun and frugal dates with your significant other, while living on less,” said Snyder. “My husband and I spend less than $20 a month on frugal dates, and sometimes we don’t spend anything at all.”

In addition on using local coupons for meals, entertainment and spa services, there are also coupon codes on for florists, jewelry, Valentine’s Day berries and more.

“And while it would be amazing to receive a diamond necklace or new big screen television from the one you love, you don’t have to cut out romance because of a lack of funds. More often than not, the thought behind a gift means more than the gift itself.”

In addition to using coupons, here are two suggestions from Snyder:

Make a meal together. Pick out a new recipe together that requires a little bit of prep, shop together, and then spend the evening making your culinary masterpiece. Bonus... there may be some yummy leftovers for another day.

Volunteer together. Want to realize how fortunate you are? Take a couple of hours and donate time to a special project. Volunteering together is a special and fun way to hang out and help others in need. Not to mention, you’ll come away from it feeling extremely thankful for blessings.

For more savings tips look for five thrifty gifts from the heart, what she really wants for Valentine’s Day or check out our gift guides for him or her to help you save more money.

March 2012, Opinion Connection® -*Opinion Connection®, powered by Valpak Research Services, is an online advisory panel of consumers dedicated to providing valuable feedback on a wide range of topics such as savings trends, digital coupons, mobile shopping, and Valpak products/services.

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