News 12 This Morning, February 5, 2008
Augusta, Ga.-- Showing your love on a budget, especially during these times.
"People are going to spend because it's Valentine's Day. Those who get gifts this year, it's probably because they actually are cared for, because the economy is just so rough," William Mustafa said.
"So we usually do the dinner and the card, but probably stepping it down in presents-wise because the economy is so bad," Kalin Sellars said.
Deborah Partridge is the co-owner of Martina's Flowers and Gifts and says they've been preparing for Valentine's Day for months. Trying to make sure they offer items that everyone can afford.
"We do have something for every pocket book. We are considerate of peoples incomes, and if they want to be more conservative this year in their purchases, we have something for everybody," Deborah Partridge said.
You have a lot of options, for example you can get an arrangement of roses with greenery in a vase for $79.95, a wrapped dozen roses for $60, or just a single rose for $5.
And while some people will go all out with big bouquets, others are cutting back this Valentine's Day.
"I'm an artist so I'll probably be doing more things as far as drawing pictures and stuff like that for the loved ones this year. Not to much of spending too much money because I can't afford it," Mustafa said.
Whether it's creative or costly, in the end its all about love.
"In a year where we might be financially struggling, because our relationships with people, it's all about love and it's all about sharing, and Valentine's Day gives us that opportunity, that one more opportunity to say, you are very special to me and I want to let you know it," Partridge said.