Millions of lovebirds are looking forward to Valentine’s Day, but what do you do if you’re single as ever?
Valentine’s day is right around the corner. For some, it’s an excuse to turn off the TV and do something fun with their significant other. Millions of Americans go out and drop a pretty penny. According to Eater.com, Americans will spend $18.9 billion dollars this Valentine’s Day. A large chunk of that will go to dinner and special gifts, such as jewelery. In fact, the average man who celebrates Valentine’s Day spends $150 on the romantic evening.
The internet will be flooded the next couple of days with people trying to find something clever to do for their special someone. We’re sure you’ve already seen multiple ads on TV promoting jewelry, chocolate and flowers. But there is still a large number of people who will have nothing to do on February 14. Why not take advantage of this “special” day and do what you really want?
Here are 10 things that you should consider doing while others are out emptying their wallets.
- Binge-watch a TV series on Netflix. Nothing says “I’m single” like watching an entire season of “Friends” on Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for something darker, check out “Breaking Bad” or “House of Cards.” Don’t feel ashamed when you keep clicking ‘next episode’ – do it with pride. It is a holiday after all!
- Pick up the video game controller. 2014 was a great year for video games. Go online and play Titan Fall or finish the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare campaign mode that you’ve been putting off. Maybe you have a Minecraft project that needs perfecting. Spending hours on Valentine’s Day playing video games is nothing to be ashamed of (it’s what you do every other night, right?).
- Throw it back. If you’re a gamer and you’re looking for something different, go back in time and dust off the N64 or Super Nintendo. See if you can beat Donkey Kong Country or Super Mario Bros in one night. We’re sure you’re capable.
- Online dating. If you want this to be your last Valentine’s Day spent alone, get online and find yourself a significant other! Tinder has really taken off, and it only requires you to decide if you’re physically attracted to the person. If Tinder seems a bit shallow, check out eHarmony.com. You’ll be sure to find someone that you’re compatible with.
- Have a night out with friends. This one might not save you money, but at least you’re only paying for one. Consider going to the movies and eating greasy food that you wouldn’t want to eat in front of a date (wings or pizza are usually a good choice).
- NBA All-Star Weekend. If sports are more of your thing, check out the NBA’s All-Star Saturday Night. Events include the Shooting Stars, the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk Event. Don’t miss out on watching the best basketball players in the world showing off their skills.
- Movie marathon. Find a trilogy or group of movies that you love and watch them all! We suggest “Lord of the Rings”, “Star Wars” or “Harry Potter”. Snag some popcorn and drinks and don’t stop until those final credits roll.
- Get outside. Depending on where you are and what the weather is like, consider spending the big day outside. We’re lucky to have Valentine’s Day fall on a Saturday this year. Make the most of your weekend by going on a hike or spending time at the lake. If it snows, hunt out the ski slopes!
- Practice having a positive attitude. It’s easy to look at people who are in love and make snide remarks. However, look on the bright side. You get to do whatever you want on Valentine’s Day. Instead of sulking because you don’t have a mate, embrace the life you’re living right now. You could even treat yourself to something you wouldn’t normally buy. Having a positive attitude will help you get through the over-marketed madness and keep you sane.
- Start a new project. Spend the evening working on something cool. Sure it’s the weekend, but enjoy dedicating the night to something you normally don’t have time for. Build a website, rearrange your bachelor pad, or work on some art. Keeping your mind engaged is perfect for helping you forget that you are in fact single on the most romantic night of the year.
There you have it, 10 things for the single folk to do this Valentine’s Day. In reality, it’s just another night, and next week everyone will be back to work. Lucky for you, you’ll still have some money.