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Even though we’ve all heard Jennifer Lopez passionately sing the words, “Even if you were broke/ My love don’t cost a thing”, it comes as no surprise that displays of affection, particularly on Valentine’s Day, do in fact cost – and quite a bit indeed!
It can be very easy for someone like Ms. Lopez, whose estimated nett worth (by Forbes) is approximately $52 million, to proclaim that her love don’t cost a thing.
For the average South African however, spoiling someone on Valentine’s Day can become quite the costly affair.
In a recent exercise and to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we researched the average costs of a wide range of traditional tokens of affection. We took our findings and created the above Valentine’s Day infographic to give you an idea of the real cost of love.
While it is most certainly true that you don’t need to spend money on someone to show them how much they mean to you, who honestly doesn’t love being spoiled with a gift or two?
Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, your anniversary, date night or just another day in the week, everyone loves to be spoilt with a shiny trinket, bouquet of flowers or night out of fine dining.
Regardless of how much money you have – and let’s face it the vast majority of people in the world don’t have anywhere near as much as J.Lo – you can still afford to splash out every now and then on your loved one.
The key is in the planning!
It’s important to keep in mind those special occasions (such as Valentine’s Day) when you would like to shower your loved one in gifts.
If you know that you are going to want to spend money on someone you love, plan ahead and budget accordingly. You may need to skimp on certain luxuries now, but the reward of seeing the joy on your loved one’s face will be worth it.
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PLEASE NOTE: The prices in the above infographic are rough estimates and subject to change. moneysmart cannot be held responsible for any decision based on the information conveyed in this post.