I’m all for American commercialization just as much as the next guy. We indulge for Christmas, for Easter, for Halloween, and oh yes, the mega of them all – Valentine’s Day! Finance website WalletHub released data via their website stating that Americans are projected to spend $19.7 billion on Valentine’s Day items. Wait – did you just say billion with a “B”???!!! You’re darn right! That’s 19.7 billion dollars on flowers, chocolate, jewelry, restaurants, giant stuffed bears, lingerie (wait, that item gets a pass!), and all the other swag-o-lishes love crap on the market. That adds up to about $150 per person just to see them smile, then hit the hay! We’re so brainwashed.
Here’s some Valentine’s Day stats to show you just how deep the rabbit hole goes:
– 53 percent of women said that they would break up with the significant other if they didn’t get anything for Valentine’s Day.
– 1.9 million people will change their Facebook status within a week after Valentine’s Day.
– 14 million people will get on bended knee and pop the big question on Valentine’s Day.
– 1 in 5 people will buy their pets something for Valentine’s Day.
I get it – Valentine’s Day is a necessary recognition for most guys. But the truth of the matter, every day should be Valentine’s Day. The flowers should come just because. The Chocolate and jewelry should come just because. And the lingerie should DEFINITELY come just because! Love is a feeling, at best, and a choice, at worst. You don’t need a holiday for that. In the meantime, save yourself some money. Get on bended knee and pop the question to your pet.