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How to save on Valentine's Day

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - If you are looking for a way to show your sweetie that you care, spending a lot of money on Valentine's Day might not be how you do it. 

The National Retail Federation is expecting sales to take a little dip from last year.  On average, Americans will spend $63.34 to say -- "Be Mine"

Traditional gifts are still popular such as cards, candy and flowers.  But a recent survey found couples are hoping for more practical gifts this year.

When asked if they would purchase clothing, most survey participants responded by saying they would buy something practical, like winter accessories. 

On Monday, we met several men and women in Charlotte who had different expectations for Valentine's Day.  

"I could baby sit for him and he could baby sit for me and it's free,"  said Charlotte mother Sarah Morris. 

After 13 years of marriage, Morris is hoping her husband helps her enjoy a little peace and quiet with two small kids at home.  

"The economy has forced consumers to rethink their gift-giving practices," and Researcher Phil Rist adds, "Personal and unique gifts will speak volumes this Valentine's Day."

If the current economy has you a little leery to dig deep into your wallet, perhaps, dig down into your heart and find a gift that matters most.

Click for a list of ideas to show you care without spending a lot of money.

Happy Valentine's Day! 

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