(LARGO, FL — February 7, 2014) – Think presenting your Valentine with something nice will cost you a bundle? Not if you spend wisely. And you know what? Just go ahead and use that coupon!

Nearly 9 in 10 (86%) approved of their date using a coupon for a special night out, according to a survey* by Valpak, a leader in local print and digital coupons, and has been in the business of helping people save money for more than 45 years.

"For many couples, funds are tight because of job loss, college expenses, debt reduction, or trying to stay on a budget," wrote Kelly Snyder on the Valpak blog, Behind the Blue. According to Snyder – a Savings.com DealPro and founder of the KansasCityMamas.com – savings can be had anytime – even on the most romantic day of the year.

"One question I often get is, ‘How do you even have date nights with your husband, when you live on practically nothing?’ I’m here to tell you that you can enjoy fun and frugal dates with your significant other, while living on less," said Snyder. "My husband and I spend less than $20 a month on frugal dates, and sometimes we don’t spend anything at all."

In addition on using local coupons for meals, entertainment and spa services, there are also coupon codes on Valpak.com for florists, jewelry, Valentine’s Day berries and more.

"And while it would be amazing to receive a diamond necklace or new big screen television from the one you love, you don’t have to cut out romance because of a lack of funds. More often than not, the thought behind a gift means more than the gift itself."

In addition to using coupons, two suggestions from Snyder;

Make a meal together. Pick out a new recipe together that requires a little bit of prep, shop together, and then spend the evening making your culinary masterpiece. Bonus…you may have some yummy leftovers for another day.

Volunteer together. Want to realize how fortunate you are? Take a couple of hours and donate your time to a special project close to your hearts. Volunteering together is a special and fun way to hang out and helping others in need. Not to mention, you’ll come away from it feeling extremely thankful for all of your blessings.

For more savings tips look for 5 thrifty gifts from the heart, what she really wants for Valentine’s Day or check out our gift guides for him or her to help you save more money.

March 2012, Opinion Connection® -*Opinion Connection®, powered by Valpak Research Services, is an online advisory panel of consumers dedicated to providing valuable feedback on a wide range of topics such as savings trends, digital coupons, mobile shopping, and Valpak products/services.

About Valpak®
Valpak, one of the leading direct marketing companies in North America, is owned and operated by Cox Target Media. With nearly 170 franchises across the United States and Canada, the signature Blue Envelope® delivers coupons and savings to nearly 40 million households each month. Annually, Valpak will distribute some 20 billion offers inserted in more than 500 million envelopes. Valpak also offers digital solutions online through https://www.Valpak.com and http://www.valpak.ca, sites offering free coupons, e-commerce and coupon codes. Additionally, the Valpak coupon mobile coupon app for smartphone platforms delivers easy to find savings for consumers. For more information about advertising with Valpak, please contact 1-800-676-6878.

About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of CoxReps. Additionally, CMG owns Cox Target Media, which operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies, and Savings.com, a leading online source for savings.  The company’s operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 57 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 30 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million print and online newspaper readers, and 14 million radio listeners. For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.


Marsha Strickhouser
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