Someone may ask you to be their Valentine on Feb. 14, but they probably won’t try to buy your love. That’s the conclusion from the second annual Debt.com Valentine’s Day Survey, which shows nearly half of American adults expect their loved ones to spend nothing on the holiday. Almost half expect to spend around $50.
That’s insignificant compared to the nearly $850 each adult spent during the winter holiday season (according to the National Retail Federation).
In fact, while many Americans go into debt during the winter holidays, Det.com respondents said they’d question their own relationships if their significant others did the same for Valentine’s Day. Other results…
Almost half of Americans feel it is somewhat important to celebrate Valentine’s Day
Forty-seven percent of Americans think their partners should spend $1-$50 on them for Valentine’s Day
The vast majority of Americans don’t think their partners should spend money on Valentine’s Day – if they’re having financial trouble
Most Americans think married couples should spend the most money on Valentine’s Day
A third of Americans say the most amount of money they’ve ever spent on someone for Valentine’s Day is under $50
More men than women say Valentine’s Day is important
Men are more likely to spend more money on Valentine’s Day
Debt.com 2018 Survey: Your Valentine Isn’t Keen on Adding to Your Debt
Fort Lauderdale, Feb. 13, 2018 – Despite reports of near record-high spending for Valentine’s Day, a new Debt.com survey (results below) finds most people are not interested in their partner going into debt to get the perfect gift. In fact, almost half of survey respondents said they don’t expect their partner to spend anything at all this year.
Debt.com surveyed over 1,200 Americans over the age of 18 to ask how they intended to spend money this Valentine’s Day, as well as what they expected from their significant others. The majority of respondents (67 percent) said it was at least somewhat important to mark the occasion. That includes 7 percent who said they were single, but planned to spoil themselves.
However, almost half (48 percent) of those who said they intended to celebrate said they would not care if their partner did not spend any money at all. Another 44 percent said they only expected a gift that was $50 or less. Just 7 percent wanted a gift that cost more than $50, and less than 1% wanted a gift that cost more than $100. To get last minute ideas on inexpensive gifts that will still impress, read 20 Cheap Valentine’s Day Gifts for Him and Her.
“We tend to over-gift in the desire to make our loved ones happy,” explains Howard Dvorkin, Chairman of Debt.com. “We expect less and give more, because everyone wants to make sure their loved ones know how much they care. Overspending can easily be avoided at holidays like Valentine’s Day with a simple conversation. Talk about what you expect as a couple, so you can both be on the same page in avoiding debt.”
This advice fits with the fact that 89 percent of people say they wouldn’t expect an indebted partner to take on more debt to buy a gift. Most survey respondents said you don’t need money to have a good time on Valentine’s Day.
“Being up front about financial challenges and setting spending limits on gifts shows you’re financially responsible,” Dvorkin says. “That’s an attractive quality to have, so you may do more for your relationship if you’re honest than if you overextended yourself for a pricey gift.”
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