Valentine’s Day is a time for love, and romance but then comes the billing.
If you’re dreading the financial strain that often accompanies February 14th, you’re not alone.
But fear not, here’s a guide on how to tactfully avoid spending out of your budget on Valentine’s Day without hurting your relationship.
It’s all in good fun, but remember, honesty is usually the best policy!
1. Start complaining about being broke
Start talking about your current financial constraints. Casually drop into conversations that money’s a bit tight lately.
This will help your partner keep their expectations low, that way they won’t be disappointed when they get nothing on Valentine’s Day.
2. Pretend to be sick
This is a good move but don’t overuse it. A few days before Valentine’s Day pretend to be a bit under the weather. This will make your partner go easy on the billing during Valentine’s Day.
This works if it’s not done daily. Just become silent and withdrawn especially when topics on Valentine’s Day are raised. This will give your partner an idea of what to expect on that day. Keeping their expectations low will also help you avoid bills that will break your wallet.
4. Avoid asking questions
When your partner is moody, resist the urge to ask what the problem is, this mistake could lead to unnecessary billing. If they hint that they need a favour, don’t probe further, just ignore that request till Valentine’s Day is over.
5. Don’t reply too fast
Slow down when responding to their messages, this will kill their enthusiasm. Taking your time to respond can give off the vibe that you’re not overly excited about making big Vals Day plans, subtly lowering expectations.
6. Leave social media
Your partner may send you hints about what they want on social media. They may tag you in Valentine’s Day-related reels or send you videos about what other people are doing for their partners. Going off social media is the best way to avoid this kind of pressure.
In the end, Valentine’s Day is about celebrating love, not spending money. Finding low-cost, meaningful ways to spend time together can be far more valuable than any gift money can buy.
So, whether you decide to employ these playful strategies or not, remember that the best Valentine’s Day gift is your genuine affection and time.