According to National Jeweler:
Consumers will spend an average of $100.89 on Valentine's Day this year, up from the $97.27 average spent last year, according to a new study from the National Retail Federation (NRF).
If you're planning to celebrate the holiday by buying jewelry for your favorite sweetie or taking them out to dinner, I have a proposal for you. (No, not that kind. I'm already married!) Why do we need to keep feeding the retailing beast out there? Don't our partners already know that we love them immensely?
Let's celebrate Valentine's Day in a different way this year. Let's share our loving side with the ones who need it the most: our troops. Let's get busy and show them we care!
I’ve tried to make this as pain-free and fun as possible. Some of the action items can be done right in front of your computer screen. Other items will require you to get up and move about into the fresh air outside – maybe even mingle with other people. Still others will require you open up your wallet, if you so choose to do. No pressure there from me.
You ready to start showing the troops you care? Go...