You started seeing reminders for it on January 2, and you've been trying to ignore them ever since: Valentine's Day is coming. Since you're single, you're dreading having to be on the outside looking in at all of the romantic gestures that the holiday demands. What you don't know, though, is that singles have some advantages on V-Day.
Here are five reasons it pays to be single on February 14:
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1) No Pressure
When you're part of an "us" on Valentine's Day, you are expected to make a bold, romantic declaration of your feelings. Where there are expectations, there is the risk of reality falling short. What if you buy the wrong color flowers? What if he hates the meal you cooked or she doesn't like the stuffed animal you picked out (note to men: please don't buy grown women stuff animals)? A day that's supposed to be a day of dreamy quality time turns into something that's nightmarishly stressful.
2) Fewer Expenses
All of those expected gestures cost money. If you're on your own for Cupid's Big Day, you can bank on saving some serious cash. True, singletons might shell out dough for some movies or a few cocktails, but that's still far less expensive than, say, a necklace or a fancy dinner. Date On A Dime Without Looking Like A Cheap Skate
3) Less Faked Enthusiasm
The truth is that some people just aren't that jazzed about candy hearts with sayings on them or pink-and-red decorations (if done wrong, those colors can totally clash). Yet, if you have a significant other, you have no choice but to paste on a smile, turn the sweet nothings up a notch, and act like you totally think the heart-shaped lace doilies on the table are adorable. It would be so much easier to just be honest. 5 Ways To Get Psyched For Valentine's Day
4) More Free Time
The aforementioned gifts and activities that make for a wonderfully romantic Valentine's Day require planning—a lot of it. If you wait too long, the restaurant won't have any tables available and the flowers will cost 3 times as much. Making V-Day happen means strategizing ahead of time, while all the solo people out there are relaxing, care-free.
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5) More Butterflies
Valentine's Day is a great day to meet someone. After a few Saint Valen-tinis, you might find yourself making out with the hottie who caught your eye across the bar. While you get a night of butterflies and witty banter that come with meeting someone new, steady couples are going through the motions of getting it on. After all, all that effort they put into the night needs to pay off somehow. It's comfortable, but not steamy; it's fun, but it's not unexpected. Therefore, things are much more exciting on your end. Don't you almost feel bad for your off-the-market pals? Making Out With Strangers
Tell us: would you rather be single or in a relationship on Valentine's Day?