Radio Tour: Love, Money and Valentine's Day

It's less than a week until Valentine's Day, and I was out Wednesday talking with several radio stations about spending for this holiday.

Radio Microphone
Radio Microphone

As I've written before, spending on items for the upcoming holiday is expected to rise 11 percent to about $15.7 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. This trend bodes well for consumer spending, as the big question heading out of the Christmas holiday was whether consumers would keep up their pace.

But the big questions from my radio hosts centered on what to buy.

Our recent Valentine's Day gift guide had a few good suggestions, but there are a couple of important takeaways. First, there's a gift for every budget. Also, if that budget is limited, the best gift will keep it simple and offer a personal touch.

We suggested modern-day mix-tapes, hand-delivered flowers, or simple jewelry pieces that convey sentimental feelings, among other things.

But figuring out what gift to buy a loved one is nothing, compared to the possible stress of discussing money matters with your other half. tackles this topic in extensive detail in our"Love & Money" special report.

In the radio interviews, we focused on what things you need to know before you pop the question.

There has been a big increase—some 73 percent over the past five years—in individuals seeking a prenuptial agreement. The process of preparing a prenup can be helpful, as it forces the couple to take a hard look at assets and liabilities, and could even turn up some things you didn't know.

And knowing where your finances as a couple stand is critical to getting your relationship off on the right start — and enjoying many Valentine's Days together.

Thanks to WIBN, Blog Talk Radio's "Film Festival Radio Show," Q92, WRHB and WREH. It was great talking with you all.

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