Happy Valentine’s Day… you hope!

Valentine’s Day

14 Feb Happy Valentine’s Day… you hope!

Happy Valentine’s Day… you hope!

There are people who look forward to Valentine’s Day every year and those who dread it. A study by the National Retail Federation also revealed that nearly half of us don’t have plans to celebrate the holiday.

The holiday can be incredibly stressful if you’re in a new relationship – you know you have to do something, but you don’t want to do too much and possibly raise expectations that you’re not ready to fulfill.

For those who are single, Valentine’s Day can be hard to get through – especially if you’ve gone through a recent breakup or divorce. Everywhere you look it seems there are hearts and happy couples in your face.

The most romantic day on the calendar can even be disappointing to people in healthy committed relationships. You know what we’re talking about if you are a born romantic, but your partner thinks mushy cards and heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are a waste of money – after all, they tell you they love you all the time and you can buy a bag of candy at the grocery store for much less.

We do tend to spend a good chunk of change on those we love. According to the National Retail Federation, which has been keeping track of these things since 2004, U.S. consumers are expected to spend an average $143.56 on Valentine’s Day. (That makes a box of chocolates look like a real bargain!) We’ll be spending more than last year, too. In 2017, the average was $136.57, according to NRF’s annual survey, which is conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics. Total spending for Valentine’s Day 2018 is expected to reach $19.6 billion. That’s an increase, too. Last year, the figure was $18.2 billion.

You’ll be pleased to know that the NRF includes the gifts we buy for our friends and our adored pets in the total of how much we’ll be spending on Valentine’s Day. (But please don’t feel guilty if you didn’t get Fido or Fluffy a special treat. Spending a little extra time with them is probably the best way to let them know how much you love them.)

Candy tops the list of Valentine’s gifts, according to the NRF study, with 55 percent of us planning to give our two-legged Valentines chocolate or some other form of candy. (And, if you can’t resist that bag of conversation hearts at the grocery store, don’t worry – nobody has to know they’re for you!) Cards and flowers round out the top three gift ideas. The NRF also says that about 35 percent of us are planning to celebrate with an evening out.

If you don’t have an extra hundred dollars to spend on your sweetie, don’t worry. Find a way to let him or her know that, as far as you’re concerned, they’re one in a million. A personal gesture or handmade gift that comes from the heart can often be more meaningful than candy and roses.

How about telling the world how much your Valentine means to you by draping a big, homemade sign over your fence that says, “I LOVE YOU MORE EVERY DAY!”? What? You don’t have a fence? Well, Zepco Fence, a leader among residential and commercial wooden fence installers, can help you fix that problem so that next year you’ll have the perfect place to hang that sing.

We offer a full selection of materials in a wide range of price points, including PVC fences, modern wood fences, vinyl, aluminum and ornamental fences.

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