These Are the Best and Worst Cities to Spend Valentine’s Day In
Ahh, Valentine’s Day. It’s the one day of the year where the pressure is on to book a fancy Valentine’s Day dinner, indulge in chocolatey V-Day treats and show off the perfect floral bouquet from your main squeeze. But Valentine’s Day gifts and celebrations can really do a number on your bank account. Personal finance website WalletHub found that sweethearts in America are planning to spend an average of $146.84 this year for Valentine’s Day, for a record total of $19.7 billion spent collectively on the occasion. The website also compared Valentine’s Day festivities in 100 of the most populated cities based on factors such as restaurant meal costs, the number of attractions and the number of florists per capita. Here’s what they found:
These are the 10 best cities to celebrate Valentine’s Day:
1. San Francisco, CA
2. Scottsdale, AZ
3. Honolulu, HI
4. Orlando, FL
5. Seattle, WA
6. Las Vegas, NV
7. Portland, OR
8. Irvine, CA
9. Chandler, AZ
10. Pittsburgh, PA
And the worst cities for Feb. 14 festivities include:
100. Hialeah, FL
99. Detroit, MI
98. Cleveland, OH
97. San Bernadino, CA
96. Newark, NJ
95. Philadelphia, PA
94. Toledo, OH
93. North Las Vegas, NV
92. Milwaukee, WI
91. Winston-Salem, NC
When it comes to specific categories, cities including Irvine, CA, and Chesapeake, VA, have the lowest restaurant meal costs, while cities such as Cleveland, OH, and Miami, FL have the highest.
If you’re planning on buying jewelry this Valentine’s Day, your best bet is cities such as Miami, FL, and your worst is North Las Vegas, NV. Miami has 45 times more jewelry stores per capita than North Las Vegas. The Nevada city is also the worst place to find a florist, while Miami and Orlando, FL, are the best. Are you a fan of chocolate? Then you’ll want to head to Orlando, which has 29 times more chocolate shops per capita than in Santa Ana, CA, which has the lowest.
WalletHub also found that the average wine price is highest in Cleveland, which is five times more expensive than in Irvine, which has the lowest cost. Who knew vino costs so much in Ohio?
Check out WalletHub’s full report here.
How are you planning to spend Valentine’s Day? Let us know @BritandCo.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
B + C: What has receiving the Office Depot scholarship to Selfmade done to help you start or grow your business?
The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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