Valentine’s Day

Cupid and Psyche (image: janvandewint)

by: Grayson Leverenz

Valentine’s Day is Saturday, February 14th, and National Retail Federation CEO and President, Tracy Mullin, said it best, “A bad economy won’t stop Cupid this Valentine’s Day, but it might slow him down. This year more than ever, consumers will look for creative and inexpensive ways to show those they love how much they mean to them.”

Valentine’s Day spending in the US is expected to be $14.7 billion in 2009, down -13.6% vs. 2008, according to the NRF survey.

To create your own Valentine’s Day celebration here in the US, you can stick with traditional gifts of flowers and candy, or go out for a romantic dinner. If you’re looking for a celebration that’s a little less extravagant, click here for some unique, inexpensive ideas. And, if you’re really feeling like you’d rather give than receive, click here for 14 charitable ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

For more on Valentine’s Day including: history, games and love quotes click here.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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  1. ACK! I still have more shopping to do until Valentines! 🙂

  2. Good luck, Nelson!


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