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Samuel Mills, Staff Writer

Valentine’s Day is a magical time where couples change their relationship status from “it’s complicated” to “in a relationship” and prove their love for one another with overpriced chocolate. People spend so much money on Valentine’s Day gifts that it is probably better to just stay single for this holiday… or at least that is what I try to tell myself every year when I am STILL single. I have spent more Valentine’s Days shovelling spoonfuls of ice cream into my mouth and crying myself to sleep than actually having a Valentine. At this point, a carton of Ben and Jerry’s is my only option, but I am not that desperate… yet.

For all of the happy couples that I am totally NOT jealous of, it is nice to want extravagant gifts for your partner, but bouquets and sweets should not be the main appeal of Valentine’s Day. Try to focus on just spending time with your partner and showing your appreciation for them in less expensive and more thoughtful ways. Better yet, do not spend any money at all! This advice may be more cliché than hiding under the bed in a horror movie, but the reason people say it so often is because it is GOOD ADVICE. 

Then again, I am not exactly an expert on Valentine’s Day. Readers who have spent time on this website may have stumbled upon my staff profile, and seeing my picture should help readers understand why I have little experience with relationships.

Basically, take my advice with a grain of salt. This Valentine’s Day, couples should do whatever makes them happy (as long as it is not illegal). Single people should do what makes them happy, too, but here is my advice for them: BUY YOUR ICE CREAM AHEAD OF TIME. I may or may not be speaking from experience when I say that there is nothing more embarrassing than running into someone you know at the store while you are ugly crying about a crush who barely knows that you exist. Happy Valentine’s Day!