By Heather Sweeney, Military.com
Valentine’s Day is that special time of year to remind your loved ones how much you care. But saying “I love you” in creative and romantic ways can get costly.
So this Valentine’s Day take advantage of some military discounts to help Cupid cut costs. (And remember not all military discounts are advertised, so make sure you ask wherever you go.)
Flowers may be cliché and predictable, but they are still one of the most popular gifts for Valentine’s Day. However, sending flowers to your Valentine isn’t cheap. Luckily, ProFlowers and FTD can help you out with military discounts on their beautiful flower arrangements and other gifts.
Sweet Treats and Gift Baskets
Chocolate and other sweets are also standard Valentine’s Day gifts. And you can use military discounts to help you think outside the box of simple candy hearts.
Sending sweets to a service member overseas? Send cookies and other gift baskets filled with treats from Cheryl’s Cookies, who offers free shipping on gifts sent to anyone serving on APO/FPO military bases.
Hickory Farms also offers free shipping to APO/FPO addresses. They may not have chocolate, but there are all sorts of other gift baskets and goodies to choose from.
You can’t go wrong with jewelry on Valentine’s Day. Check out Helzberg Diamonds, who offers a 10% military discount off their collection of beautiful jewelry.
Have you found that perfect partner and plan to pop the question? Genesis Diamonds offers a 10% military discount on engagement rings.
Are you the crafty type? Want to get the kids involved? Homemade cards and crafts are fun Valentine’s gifts that add that extra personal touch. Stock up on craft supplies at Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores and A.C. Moore.
Give your Valentine the gift of relaxation with a professional massage. Massage Envy offers a military discount of $5 off their monthly membership. When you call to book an appointment, ask if they offer couples’ massages too.
Party at Home
Want to include all your friends in the Valentine’s Day celebration? Throw a party! Shindigz offers a 20% military discount, and select Party City locations offer an in-store military discount, so head there for all your party supplies.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to head out for a date night.
If you’re celebrating with dinner and a movie, make sure to ask for military discounts. Some restaurants, like the Melting Pot, as well as some movie theatres, like Cinemark and Regal offer discounts for military members.
Interested in concerts or theater tickets for your night out? Ticket Monster sells discounted tickets to events nationwide.
If you’re looking for something a little different than dinner and a movie, get some ideas about local events from your ITT office on base. (Click here to find info about the base near you.)
Need to book a baby-sitter to make date night possible? Sittercity.com can help you find babysitters in your area, and military families can sign up for discounted memberships.
Want to go all out and plan a romantic Valentine’s getaway? Make sure to use military discounts along the way.
Whether you want to stay close to home or venture on a road trip, you can find all sorts of military discounts on lodging for a night or two away .
Click here for more on travel discounts.
What kinds of gifts do you give and receive on Valentine’s Day?
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