Like most holidays, Valentine’s Day means big bucks for retailers. According to research from eHarmony.co.uk, this year Brits will spent a collective £1.9bn – equating to an average per person spend of £53.38.
This huge spend isn’t surprising due to encouragement everywhere, urging us to spend more. Money-saving sites Couponshop and mySupermarket fight back against the ‘spend-trend’ and uncover how to show your other halves you care, whilst still saving money.
Cutting Costs, Not Breaking Hearts
Expensive nights out are a go-to evening for many couples on Valentine’s. It is reported we spend £557m on eating out, however, a much cheaper option would be to spend a quality night in in with the one you love – plus a great way to avoid the Valentine’s crowds too – but are you still paying too much?
mySupermarket.co.uk and Couponshop.co.uk compared three popular Valentine-inspired nights in including; a movie night with all the add-ons, a classic romantic steak dinner and a special treat for the one you love, breakfast in bed.
Comparing ingredients and products across the UK’s supermarkets, you’ll be shocked to see the savings you can make, just by researching where to spend your cash. Teaming these comparisons with deals, coupons and cashback, the duo can save you over £16 on a full Valentine’s night in for two.
Big Movie Night In
The average cost for two cinema tickets in the UK is £22, according to currencyfair.com, team this with drinks, popcorn and candy snacks – plus loud crowds – and you end up paying way over the odds for a ‘budget’ night out.
Stay home instead and buy all your goodies from Asda.com, saving yourself £2.88 when you compare and contrast against other supermarkets.
The Coupon Kid’s money-saving tip: To save even more on your movie night in, download cashback app Shopitize to claim 70p back on your packet of Butterkist Popcorn. Purchase your bag on sale for 74p at Tesco.com and only pay 4p for your sweet treat.
Romantic Meal for Two
Splashing out on a meal for two can set you back on average £66. By creating your own romantic night in, you’ll not only win brownie points but can save yourself close to £50, leaving you some spare cash to buy a special gift. We picked this Rib-Eye Steak recipe and decided to see if the key to the heart really is through the stomach!
The Coupon Kid’s money-saving tip: Swap your Florette Mixed Salad with a bag of their Baby Kale. By teaming this with their 50p off coupon, you can get your next bag for 75p – saving an extra £1.58 off your Valentine’s meal shop.
Show off your kitchen skills and surprise your better half with a Michelin star-inspired breakfast in bed.
By comparing your ingredients across supermarkets, you can save yourself up to £4.51 without losing any of the pizzazz! We wouldn’t mind waking up to Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon & chives everyday!
The Coupon Kid’s money-saving tip: Here’s another great cashback saving. Buy your Happy Eggs from Asda.com on offer this week for 97p. This offer can be combined with 35p cashback from Shopitize to get your case of eggs for as little as 62p.
What could possibly make this festive feast more romantic? A hefty £2 saving on Lindt Hello Milk Chocolate Heart tin will make the night feel extra special.
Proving that it is possible to save at Waitrose.com, buy these chocolates on offer for £2.50 (RRP £3.50). Team this £1 saving with an extra £1 cashback from cashback app, Shopitize, and 50p cashback from topcashback.co.uk, you could be picking up your box of chocolate for only £1.
Whatever you get up to, fall in love with a saving this Valentine’s Day thanks to mySupermarket and CouponShop.co.uk!