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Happy Valentine's Day & Book Giveaways!

Happy Valentine's to all my fantastic LJ friends!

I thought I'd share a little story today about when I knew I crossed over from the fun, lovey-dovey, money means nothing Valentine's kinda girl to  the married you spent what?!! kinda girl.

For our first Valentine's my wonderful husband bought me, not kidding, 2 dozen red heart balloons, tons of expensive candy, and a dozen very expensive long stem roses (the fancy stuff, not the grocery store stuff). I thought he was just wonderful. Fast forward a few years into our marriage and I suddenly became more aware of what things cost. As part of one of my Valentine's presents he gave me a big chocolate strawberry.



I thought it was so sweet. I ate it and it was yummy. Then he told me it was a $16 strawberry. I wanted to throw up. How could ONE STRAWBERRY cost $16? That's when we instilled a dollar cap on Valentine's presents of $20. I know he goes over it by some every year but it is much better than the years of spending hundreds of dollars on all kinds of stuff. It actually makes me happier go figure. So what about you guys? Anyone else experience this? Or do you like the $16 strawberries?

Also, today is my day to post on author2author and I'm giving away a copy of e. lockhart's THE BOYFRIEND LIST. Stop by and comment for a chance to win.

And one last thing-- financial wizard Suze Orman is giving a way a copy of her book, Women and Money, over at oprah.com until 8 p.m. EST tonight. Go download a copy if you're interested!

ETA: They moved the Suze link. When you get to the Oprah site, click on the link to yesterday's show on the left. Then you'll see a pic of Suze at the top and there are three links. Click on the one that says Exclusive: Download Suze's book for free.

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mixedupmonkey
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:17 pm (UTC)
My girlfriend and I boycott Valentines day. No candy, no cards. Just cooking, cleaning, and acts of service to each other (the g-rated kind)
tinaya
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:05 pm (UTC)
Oh I LOVE that stuff! If my husband does some house-related task that I normally do (without asking) I get so happy! It makes my day. God I'm getting old huh? :-)
elmarshall
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
My husband and I really don't do the Valentine's thing. We used too and we talked about doing something this year with a clear $20 cap (it's a great number, isn't it?), but decided not too. I might just make him a card or something. I haven't decided. I better get on that. But I think I'm making him go see Step Up 2 with me, which should be just fine with me.
tinaya
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Ooooh that sounds nice! I would love to just do a date instead of anything. Wait till you have kids Em (if you do). You freaking CRAVE date nights like you wouldn't believe!
elmarshall
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:46 pm (UTC)
I have a feeling that will happen if we ever have kids. So I should savor the time I do have with him, I guess.
watchmebe
Feb. 14th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Huh, I can't find the book on Oprah's site anywhere!

As far as money-- I don't want a $16 strawberry either. I get really self conscious about what's spent on holidays.
tinaya
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
They moved it! I found it though and will edit my post in a sec. Go to the top left and click on yesterday's show. Then click on the third link down from the top-- it says Exclusive: Download Suze's entire book.
ex_fashioni
Feb. 14th, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
I'm hopeless— I love chocolate covered strawberries. But sixteen dollars for one? And it wasn't dipped in gold?

I love romance and all the little gestures and sweet things (like chocolate covered strawberries) that come along with it, but it doesn't have to be on a holiday for me to appreciate it. Sometimes, it's even more touching when it comes on just a random Thursday. *g*
tinaya
Feb. 14th, 2008 07:56 pm (UTC)
Nope-- just one BIG strawberry from Fannie Mae. Crazy!

I love romance too-- but when it is expensive stuff I feel horrible about it! Like my dh tends to go overboard for Christmas. Instead of loving all the random presents I'm figuring out how I can return most of them. He's definitely the one who loves shopping in the family! Although he is very sweet too-- like when we found out we were pregnant again (#4) I was a bit distraught/overwhelmed and crying a lot (my kids are 5,3, and 20 months) and he came home with 4 dozen roses for me-- a dozen to represent each kid. And they were from a grocery store so I didn't have a heart attack over it-- ha! He finally knows me. :-)
alison23
Feb. 14th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
I've never understood the prices of chocolate-dipped strawberries! I mean, it's not that hard to buy some strawberries, melt some chocolate chips, and dip them yourself--and it tastes just as good to me for a fraction of the price. I haven't figured out which part they are charging so much for!

Once when I was working DH sent me flowers at work on Valentine's Day. I liked them, but not so much when I found out it was $60! So, we're much more low-key now. But, he has to give me a Valentine, and he has to give me at least a tiny heart-shaped box of chocolates, even though I'm not much of a chocolate-eater! It's just part of the deal for me, though a tiny box with 4 or 6 chocolates in it is fine. I get him one, too.

Today was typical. He gave me a Valentine's balloon and a small potted plant in a planter with hearts on it, and a card and a small box of chocolates. I gave him a card and a small box of chocolates (though the card was $$!). We went out to lunch--with our baby--since going out to dinner would mean taking all 3 kids, and we have a church meeting tonight anyway! We realized this is our 19th Valentine's Day to spend together (!), and he had memories of bringing me balloons on our first or second one...he remembered riding down the street on his bicycle (he had no car when we met), carrying a bouquet of balloons with him while people smiled and laughed as they drove by!
tinaya
Feb. 14th, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much for the idea! I had strawberries in the fridge and chocolate chips in the pantry so guess what I just made? :-)

Yeah-- that $16 strawberry was from Fannie Mae and everything there is $$. I bought DH a tiny box of truffles from there (his fave) but the 1 lb box was $35!

You made me feel so much better though! Sometimes I feel stingy saying NO $60 flowers! But I like the ones from the store just fine-- especially Trader Joe's. OMG-- they always have the BEST roses and for only $7.99 a dozen!
writerjenn
Feb. 15th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)
I didn't even want a diamond ring when I got engaged. I kept thinking of how we could use the money to go on a trip instead--and that's what we did.
I appreciate thoughtful little gestures more than big layouts of cash.
Why do they charge $16 for a strawberry? Because they can.
deenaml
Feb. 15th, 2008 12:35 am (UTC)
I made John and I a cookie cake -- I can't wait til he gets home so we can eat it! Yum! Happy Vday to you and your fam!
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