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Tips, tricks and trends for being the best Valentine on a budget



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It's not easy meeting the pressures of being the perfect Valentine without busting your budget. But the Indiana Daily Student has the tips, tricks and trends you need to know for frugal gifts and date ideas that your Valentine will still love.

While Hoosiers tend to buy heart-shaped boxes of chocolate more often than any other Valentine’s Day candy, Nebraska is known for Cupid corn, a Valentine’s Day version of candy corn, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

The 55 percent of Americans who plan on celebrating Valentine’s Day in 2018 are expected to spend $143.56 each, according to a study by Statistic Brain Research Institute.

Most of the spending will go toward jewelry, which will amount to $4.7 billion throughout the United States on Valentine’s Day.

With hefty price tags on popular gifts from chocolate to diamond earrings, Valentine's Day celebrants can save money by opting for a breakfast date, looking for free activities such as museum and galleries, going on a picnic at a local park, cooking together or looking for deals.

For those who do not plan on celebrating, non-celebrants sometimes treat themselves, go out with friends and buy themselves gifts. But 75.4 percent of them report that they will do nothing special this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

Sources: National Retail Federation, Statistic Brain Research Institute Christine Fernando Buy Photos

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