By Bob Brooks
February 4, 2015
OK, with a title like that one, no one can accuse me of being a hopeless romantic. You just finish paying off Christmas and then another potentially expensive holiday arrives – Valentine’s Day. Who says you have to spend a ton of money? It might be that we are drawing the wrong conclusions about what are spouse/significant other actually wants. Retailmenot.com just released a survey with interesting results that might actually surprise you.
· 65% of those surveyed prefer a low-key dinner on Valentine’s Day versus the upscale restaurants
· More Woman than men want to order takeout and stay home (34% vs. 23%)
· More Men than women prefer a gourmet dinner at an upscale restaurant
Does that surprise you? Now, I can’t imagine that the majority of guys really want to go to an overpriced restaurant, wait for hours to get seated, get rushed, select from a set menu that costs more than the previous night, and be abused by potentially bad service. Yes, that is what Valentine’s Day upscale often gets you and why I refuse to go out to dinner on Valentine’s Day. Our Valentine’s day is any day but the 14th.
So, why do the majority of men prefer the upscale restaurant? I would suggest that they think their significant other prefers it.
So, read the stats for yourself. I am not saying don’t spend money on your significant other on Valentine’s Day . Just spend it differently. After all you both might want the same thing – low key.