Hoping to have an extraordinary Valentine’s Day?
Valentine’s Day is usually a day that we take advantage of having some alone time. Meg’s parents offer to watch the kids and we just enjoy a night in with some takeout food, a good movie, and spending time enjoying each other’s company. Every few years we’ll decide to “go big” (My Spender/Risk-taker side has no problem planning these dates) with flowers, a night out on the town, and a nice dinner.
Whether you’re going out or staying in, we have 3 tips to make your Valentine’s Day the absolute best ever!
#1 Give gifts based on their 2 Money Personalities
The Money Couple was birthed alongside a statistical scientist from Stanford and found we all have a Primary and a Secondary Money Personality—ways we are hard-wired to think about and deal with money. (If you don’t know yours yet, click HERE to take our FREE scientific & confidential online assessment to find out both of yours TODAY.)
We worked with one couple where she was the Saver and Security Seeker while he was a Risk Taker and Spender. (Notice no shared Money Personalities between them – almost the same combo as Meg and I.)
So Valentine’s Day rolls around and they had a very fancy dinner at his house. The bright red velvet gifts lay at his feet. He could hardly wait to spoil her. His Risk Taker and Spender Money Personalities were so ready to share these lavish gifts! She, acting in her two primary Money Personalities, presented him with a really small plate of cookies and was a bit embarrassed at all the fuss. Talk about awkward!
You see, we often give gifts according to our two Money Personalities without considering theirs, but this year take tip number one and give according to their two Money Personalities!
#2 Many small gestures are better than one big one
Oftentimes we think about giving gifts as one special gift and sometimes that’s appropriate. But this year, consider taking an entire day and showering the person with lots and lots of small gestures to make their day super special. For example, you could leave a voicemail in the morning, a text every hour with a special memory that you have had, a love note on the mirror, a piece of candy in their shoe, a note on the steering wheel, and maybe top it off with a nice balloon bouquet at the end of the day! Often times many small gestures can be more significant than just one big one.
#3 Avoid a money fight on Valentine’s Day
Prior to Valentine’s Day, agree upon the amount of money you are going to spend. Make sure you agree upon an amount that is not going to break the bank, not going to make your partner mad at you, or leave anyone feeling like they can’t be true to who they are on that special day. There is nothing worse than a money surprise, especially on Valentine’s Day. Agree on the amount and then stick to it so you don’t have hurt feelings. Make sure the fireworks between you are for a good reason not because you’re exploding into a fight.
Show love. Share love. Enjoy your day together.
Taylor & Megan