Valentine's Day Plan and Tips for Guys
Planning for Your Valentine
It is never too early to start planning for Valentine's Day - especially for the fellas! You don't want to chance this special day springing up on you unawares and catching you either short on funds, or lacking spontaneity.
Those that can afford to wine and dine obviously should; those that can't must plan ahead! While we would be the first to admit (happily) that you don't need money to show your love, a thoughtful gift can set anyone's heart a-flutter, and we ALL love to receive them.
A heartfelt card can be more than enough between sincere lovers, but there's nothing wrong with spicing things up a bit with a box of premium chocolates and some roses. Some early planning goes a long way to getting her what you want to get here; but first, here's a little bit of history of the man they called Valentine.
Valentine and How He Came To Be a Saint
Valentine's Day makes its way into our hearts and minds each year on the 14th day of February; although it originally began as a Christian holiday (actually, it's true origins date back even to some Roman myths), it is now rightfully for anyone and everyone, as love should be. Starting with the ancient Romans, its history is rather shrouded in mystery, with several versions of Valentines Days origins out there.
One of the more romantic legends has that a priest - appropriately named Valentine - went against the King's edict which stated that no priest in all the land should perform the rites of marriage between couples.
Now why would someone do this, you ask? Because it was wartime, and the King wanted no married males in his army (understandable issues of loyalty, of course). The priest Valentine, however, couldn't be bothered with so unfair a policy, and secretly married off young men and women who so desired to be united in (presumably) everlasting love..
Obviously, he was caught; and would pay for his troubles by one day being christened a saint, for the death he suffered because he broke the rules (in those days breaking the rules pretty much always meant death).
Saint Valentine's Day Customs
Ever since the Middle Ages - which denote a time period, particularly in Europe, between 500 AD and 1500 AD - loved ones have done different things to celebrate Saint Valentine's Day.
In the days of chivalry (chuckle), young girls coming-of-age would jot down the names of potential suitors on scraps of paper; then she's wrap the names in a waterproof covering and toss them in bowl of water.
The first name to rise to the top was supposed to be the name of her future husband! We can only imagine how many names were tossed back, so long as there wasn't an audience the first time around.
Another custom was considerably simpler: young men and women would convene in meadows or flower gardens on the 14th of February, where they would (supposedly) enjoy music, poetry and festivities all day long. This custom was particularly prevalent in Italy, and could perhaps serve as inspiration for some of you guys out there...
Ideas For the Guys - Start Saving Now
A tip for the fellas: if you are mindful of the approach of St Valentine's Day, and you want to make your significant other feel special, here's a word of advice, start putting away at least $20 per month for her gift.
Since it's not about the money, the goal of this is to show thoughtfulness and year-round caring. If you start in September, then you will have a whopping $80-$100 with which to wine and dine her!
We have a few friends who took our advice to a new level, and saved $20 per week leading up to February 14th, and took their lovers on a cruise. Do as you wish, but start soon - or start planning for next years Valentines Day to show her how much you really, really care. Of course, she already knows you do...right?.
How Much $$$ to Save
We often recommend to close friends on a budget that planning for Valentines Day for your significant other can be an all-year thing. Usually, $10-20 per month will go a long way if you start in March and diligently stick to it. How much do you thinks is reasonable!? Share your vote below, and Thanks!!!