A bouquet of Valentine flowers can range from about $10 at a grocery store to over $150 from a florist.
A box of chocolates can run a few dollars at a discount store to $880 for 64 personalized gourmet chocolates delivered by mail.
What’s a sweetheart to do?
How much money to spend on Valentine’s Day is an issue that can put a dent in anyone’s pocketbook.
Jim Crofoot, owner of Western Associates in Marion, said the most he’s spent on a Valentine’s Day gift is about $50 for flowers.
His brother, Dave Crofoot, said he plans to take his wife to Marion Country Club for dinner.
Some people have spent comparatively large amounts for Valentine’s Day gifts.
“I spent maybe $85 for a large spray of flowers delivered to my wife’s work,” said Chris Hernandez, a financial adviser at Edward Jones. “And I felt broke.”
“I don’t ever recall spending any extravagant amount,” said Shelter Insurance agent Doug Heerey. “It’s always one or both things, flowers or candy.”
Alex Case, owner of Case and Son Insurance, said his top-money Valentine’s gift was probably $20, for balloon and candy.
Neva Hett, who works at County Seat, said the priciest Valentine’s gift she’s ever gotten was the promise ring her husband gave her when they were dating.
There are sweet, inexpensive Valentine’s gifts available.
Megan Thomas, business and yearbook teacher at Marion High School, said one high school organization is selling roses and Crush pop gifts to the student body.
Two student-operated businesses have products available for sale to the public, Thomas said. Nothin’ But Nuts, run by three students, is selling nut packages for special Valentine’s Day prices and Better Butter Body Butter, run by three other students, offers a Valentine’s special $10 bag of items to pamper yourself.