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If you’re still racking your brain about what to get your loved one for Valentine’s Day this year, you may want to stop thinking about things, and instead focus on experiences, specifically a vacation.

A new Princess Cruises poll finds that 26% of Americans would love to get a vacation for Valentine’s Day, a gift that is twice as popular as the standard flowers (13%), jewelry (11%) or chocolate (10%). Although chocolate is still loved, at least by women. In fact, 43% of women say they would rather give up sex for a week than chocolate, with 24% of men saying the same.

So, what type of vacation would people want for Valentine’s Day? Now considering the source of the poll, we’d take this with a grain of salt, but the survey finds that, 55% of people would love a cruise to the Caribbean. Well, who wouldn't? 

Source: Yahoo Finance

There are only a few days left until February 14, so it’s time to get those Valentine’s gifts picked out. Shopping for guys for this holiday isn’t always easy, so if you’re still stumped about what to give your man this Valentine’s Day, here are a few suggestions from real dudes who answered a Reddit Ask Men about what they’d like to get from their Valentine.

  • For you to be grateful for whatever they give you - “Whatever else you give him, the best thing might be no pressure and your genuine enthusiasm or appreciation for what he gives you.”
  • For you to say nice things - “Tell him how romantic this is and how wonderful of a time you are having and be affectionate towards him and just make him feel loved, like he done good.”
  • A fellow anti-Valentine - “I’d just love for her to say ‘I hate Valentine’s Day. It’s a stupid commercial holiday and we’re not going to celebrate it. Ever.”
  • Attention - “Breakfast in bed, hugs, little gifts, anything that shows I mean the world to her goes a looooong way.”
  • Something he hasn’t asked you for - “Anything he’s been asking you to do to him that you’ve not been interested in? Maybe sexually, maybe not.”
  • Something meaningful - “I prefer to get something meaningful. I don't want a video game or DVD that just about anyone could buy me. I want something thoughtful, that she bought because she just knew I'd like it as soon as she saw it."
  • A burger - "Treat him to a good burger and beer."

Source: Elite Daily

With the most romantic night of the year less than a week away, you should have already secured a reservation at the bistro of your choice, lovebirds. But if you didn’t do it yet, there’s still hope. Here are some tips for scoring a reservation to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

  • Don't feel bad - According to OpenTable's Chief Dining Officer Carline Potter, 40% of reservations for Valentine’s Day are made the week before, so don’t feel like you’re so behind.
  • Keep checking - If your heart is set on a specific restaurant and it’s booked solid, Potter recommends checking back regularly to see if something opens up. Lots of folks are sick, have to work late, and even break up, so they could cancel last minute. And ask if they have a wait list you can be added to.
  • Try earlier, or later - Everyone wants to eat at the same time, so Potter says there are often reservations open at six or nine even when prime dinner time is full.
  • It doesn't have to be steak and lobster - Think outside the box and try something unique instead of the prix fixe dinners for two being offered at trendy spots. It’ll be easier to get a table for Valentine’s dinner and you’ll get to share a new experience together.

Source: Food and Wine

Even if you don’t have a sweetie to celebrate with this February 14th (that’s next Wednesday, kittens), you can still come feel the love from Qdoba. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, the Mexican chain is partnering with No Hungry Kid to give you free food. And all you have to do is give up a smooch.

Customers who come to Qdoba on Valentine’s Day can get a free entree just by kissing someone or something of their choice. Just order an entree and then plant one on someone or something at checkout and you get a free meal.

So if you’re with your S.O., kiss them on the cheek and get the free food. No special someone to smooch? No problem. Just bring in a tiny action figure to kiss. Or kiss your phone. They don’t care and neither do you, because free food.

And this deal isn’t just good for you. For every kissy photo posted on social media with the hashtag #QdobaForAKiss, the chain will donate $1 (up to $10,000) to No Kid Hungry to battle childhood hunger. So pucker up, it’s for a good cause.

Source: Foodbeast

Today is National Pizza Day, and while a lot of people may be grabbing for a slice in honor of the occasion, it’s no secret that people have very different, and specific, feelings when it comes to the delicious cheesy goodness that is a pizza. Well, Cumberland Farms set out to set the record straight about America’s pizza preferences, and some of the results may surprise you. 

When it comes to eating pizza, most people agree, silverware is not needed. The survey finds that 92% of Americans believe pizza is a finger food that should never be eaten with a fork and knife. What’s more, most people start at the bottom, with 78% of Americans saying they eat their slice from end to crust. 

Shockingly, when it comes to toppings, 65% of people say they love cooked pineapple on a pizza, with 33% of Hawaiians saying it’s their favorite type of slice. But dipping pizza in things is another story, with only 47% of people thinking dipping pizza in ranch dressing is delicious, and 52% saying it takes away from the pizza taste.

Finally, most people agree that pizza is good at all times of day, with 85% of folks saying they’d rather eat a leftover slice for breakfast in the morning than a piece of toast.

Source: Yahoo Finance 

Parents chauffeuring kids around to after school activities is nothing new, but these days they’re going above and beyond a few practices a week and a game on Saturday. More kids are involved in more extracurricular activities and that means more money parents are shelling out for them.

According to a new survey from SunTrust Bank, 40% of American families spend over $1,000 a year funding their kids activities and as many as 20% spend more than $2,500. And to afford the extra expenses for their little ones, parents are willing to give up a lot.

The survey shows that 42% of parents admit to sacrificing luxuries like dining out, 29% say they don’t take vacations, 27% defer paying off debt, and 21% confess they skimp on adding to their retirement savings in order to pay for extracurriculars for their kids.

But for parents like Jennifer Freezer, mom to 11-year-old Elise, a figure skater being featured in a commercial airing during the opening ceremony of the Olympics, the sacrifices have been much bigger. The Colorado Springs family spends an incredible $60,000 to $100,000 every year to fund their daughter’s passion for skating. They’ve sold their home and moved to a small apartment, downsized to one small car, and skipped taking vacations to afford what it takes to keep her competing in the sport.

And while that might sound insane to some of us, this mom has no regrets about the money her family puts toward her daughter’s skating. “We need to give her whatever we can to help her become what she wants to become,” Freezer explains.

Source: Moneyish

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