Friday, February 1, 2013

Valentine's Day Tips From A Single Man

Today is February 1, the start of the most romantic month of the year. You know what's coming. You can't ignore it. It's almost here. The holiday of love.

Groundhog Day. It's tomorrow! Who doesn't love Punxsutawney Phil?

Have you found a date yet for Groundhog Day? If you have, I'd like to recommend the perfect movie for the occasion: the 2010 comedy Valentine's Day. It stars a pre-Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper, a pre-married-to-Justin-Timberlake Jessica Biel, a pre-I-break-up-with-someone-new-every-two-months Taylor Swift, and many other celebrities. Essentially, it was the Movie 43 of its time.

If you do not have a date for Groundhog Day, you'll have a chance to redeem yourself in two weeks. Valentine's Day, as you know, is February 14. It's highly recommended by Hallmark, Hershey's, Kay Jewelers and every drugstore in your neighborhood that you share this special day with a special someone.

Your concern shouldn't be finding a valentine, even if time is not on your side. You have many options available to you, such as Match.com. Did you know its customers are three times more likely to enter into a relationship than those who don't use the site? It's true, according to its commercials. If nothing else, using Match is a great opportunity to earn TV time once it incorporates the awkward conversations from your first date into its ads.

So, let's assume you score a date sometime in the next two weeks. What will you give her? Where will you take her? And most of all, how can you save as much money as possible?

Allow me to answer all of those questions at once, as a single man who has many years of experience with organizing inexpensive dates at the last minute. Here are a few simple ways you can create a memorable Valentine's Day for you and yours:

Buy Flowers. As counterintuitive as this sounds, do not buy flowers from a florist. Flower shops can charge as much as $80 for a dozen roses. What a rip-off. Pick up some roses from your local deli instead for about $15. It's true, deli roses will probably die in one or two days, but your date won't know that, and in my experience, the relationship dies before then anyway.

Buy Candy, Too. But not just any candy. Imported candy. I'm not referring to fancy shmancy chocolates from a fancy shmancy country like France. I'm thinking more along the lines of, say, Kit Kat.

Did you know that there are several flavors of Kit Kat not available in the U.S.? In Japan alone, you can find green tea, cinnamon cookie, blueberry cheesecake, and sweet bean jelly favors of Kit Kat. Order these online, and your date will be extremely flattered that you went through all that trouble to gift her such rare treats. As the old saying goes, the quickest way to a woman's heart is chocolate with unrecognizable foreign letters printed on the package.

Take In A Movie. "Dinner and a movie" is cliched, but that combo is still effective, in my opinion. Four movies are opening on Valentine's Day. Coincidentally, one of them is a Nicholas Sparks movie, Safe Haven. With any luck, your date will be a Bruce Willis fan who'd rather see A Good Day to Die Hard.

Or, if you'd rather share a good laugh with her, rent a film. I can recommend the perfect movie: Groundhog Day.

Good luck!