The Single’s Guide to Valentine’s Day
By Siera Millard
Photo By BurntX/2017
It’s that time of year again. A myriad of candy is sold in stores, reservations are made in romantic restaurants, and couples are planning celebrations of being together. You, however, are planning a night alone with your cat. Fret not, because it’s also Single’s Awareness Day, and as such, it’s a day to relax and pamper yourself.
What’s the point of Valentine’s Day anyway? Honestly, two people spend hours together, maybe go out to eat, and just soaking up each others’ awesomeness (yes, that is from Mean Girls). The average amount of money spent on Valentine’s Day is about $150.00; you read me right, $150. Why spend all that money on someone else when you could spend it on yourself?
This is your guide to the best day you’ve ever spent as a single Pringle who isn’t ready to mingle.
Dinner for one? Yes please.
Make a reservation at the most ridiculously fancy restaurant and buy the most expensive course on the menu. Is there a lobster? Get that. Or you know what? Even indulge in the 15-pack of tacos from Taco Bell...all for you. Want to eat Chipotle for every meal? Go for it. That guacamole you ordered? Yeah, you know it’s extra. Now that you’re single, you don’t have to take anyone’s tastes into consideration. So go out and try that new Indian restaurant that your girlfriend wasn’t fond of, or try that all-meat pizza your vegan boyfriend didn’t want. At the end of your meal, give a toast to yourself and how awesome you are - because ultimately this day is about you.
Dress to impress…yourself.
Buy some new clothes or wear that outfit you’ve been saving for something special. Being single, you can wear whatever you want and not worry about what your SO will think. Whether that means jeans and a t-shirt or something more elaborate - perhaps that onesie you bought as a joke but is actually really comfortable.
Binge - everything
Binge movies, binge shows, binge cat videos - binge whatever you want to your heart’s content, not having to worry about neglecting your SO. Your friends think you can’t watch all nine seasons of The Office in one day? Challenge accepted! Cuddle up on the couch with a fuzzy blanket and some hot chocolate, settling in for a long night of your favorite shows. You can even go to the movies and see that new rom-com or some new Marvel movie that just came out. Without having to pay for another person, it will be much cheaper. Plus, you can hoard all the popcorn to yourself.
Discount candy? I think so!
The worst part of Valentine’s Day is how commercialized it is; buying a bunch of candy for your SO can really add up. Not to worry, candy is always cheaper after Valentine’s Day. So, ignore those judgy looks as you walk by with your cart full of half-off Snickers and laugh at the couples who bought it the day before.
Happy Valentine’s Day to all you singles - the real lucky ones!
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2017, February 2. “Four Ways To Spend Valentine's Day When You're Single.”
BurntX, 2 Feb. 2017, www.burntx.com/2017/02/02/ways-spend-valentines-day-single/.