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.