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How much do you really save being single on Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s Day is supposed to be one of the most romantic days of the year. It can also be one of the most expensive.

If you’re single, people might have you thinking that Valentine’s Day is a depressing day, but what they probably aren’t realizing is that there are a lot of advantages to being single on Valentine’s Day: the Netflix is yours for the taking, no arguments over which restaurant to go to, and more than anything, you save a lot of money.

How much? Well, let’s take a look and see:

Save on stems

Flowers are a Valentine’s Day staple, but it always seems like the price on a dozen roses goes up exponentially on Valentine’s Day. If you’re single, no need to worry about the rising price of roses.


You save: $100

Dinner for one

Most restaurants offer a prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day, meaning your options are limited, and the prices can actually be higher than they would on any other Tuesday night. Not only are you saving on a dinner out, but you’re also able to avoid the crowds.

You save: $200

A bottle of red, a bottle of white

Now we all know you can’t go out for dinner and not buy a bottle of wine, particularly on a special occasion. But a bottle of wine in a restaurant is undoubtedly more expensive than buying a bottle of wine at the store and drinking it at home. Plus if you choose a bottle you don’t like at the store, it’s not as expensive of a lesson to learn.

You save: $80

A ride home

If you’re going to be enjoying a bottle of wine on Valentine’s Day you certainly won’t be able to drive home. So you’ll have to consider a cab, or an Uber. And with all the demand, you’re likely to pay a premium or wait around for quite a while to get a ride. Not to mention, if you don’t go out you won’t end up waiting outside in the cold for a car.

You save: $100 (there and back, plus tip)

A gift for your sweetheart

Even a small gift is going to set you back a few bucks, and some people really go all-out for Valentine’s Day. A larger gift like jewelry or a trip can set you back big-time.

You save: $50-500

Overall savings

Don’t let anybody let you feel discouraged about being single on Valentine’s Day, even if it seems like everyone around you has a partner. When you do the math and realize that being single on Valentine’s Day can save you up to $1,000, it definitely doesn’t seem so bad. And after all, no one said you need a partner to enjoy some Valentine’s Day chocolate.