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Saving Money on Your Honey

A list of stores and ideas to help guide shoppers in the right direction as Valentine's Day approaches. Post your ideas in the comments.

Money can’t buy happiness. The old adage seems to have face value, but with exciting bargains from some of the nation’s largest chains and blockbuster deals from outlets close to home, spending a little bit of that green may be the final topping to what is sure to be a sweet Valentine’s Day for you and your partner.

Picking that perfect gift for your perfect someone has its challenges, however. Humans are a very complex creature, and what you think may tickle your partner's fancy, might have them snooping through your drawers looking for that gift receipt. With my help, as well as some assistance from a couple of veterans in the shopping world—(thanks mom and gram)—I can assure you that this Feb. 14 will be the best of your life.

Shopping has transformed over the decades, and with this infusion of technology comes a new comfort to getting that last-minute deal. For the people who are not big on facing the throngs of people at the mall, the Internet offers thousands of companies who have joined the cyber web to sell their products.

One major corporation that has followed suit is Macy's, a mid- to high-range department store that opened its doors nearly 150 years. The chain can be found in almost every single mall in the United States, but its website offers all the same products without all the hassle.

“It’s a full-service store,” said shopper Paula Koczan. “I like the fact that they have a large inventory of clothing—particularly business suits—jewelry, appliances and makeup. Being able to look for products at home makes it that much better.”

It is because of all these contributing factors that Macy’s comes first on my list of stores to pay close attention to as the holiday approaches.

Typing in http://www.macys.com/ takes the weekend shopper to a store that both men and women can appreciate. Whether it is a new dress shirt for your man or a piece of "ice" for your lady, the department store is sure to have something that will keep your partner satisfied.

But going out on the town is something that some people enjoy, so I went on a hunt to find a Pittsburgh tradition that provided the perfect gift on Cupid’s birthday. After spending several hours searching the nooks and crannies of the Steel City, I found a store that will leave the ladies with their tongues hanging out when they open their gift.

Linton’s, a fashion boutique located at the Waterfront, is a store that has been servicing women for the past 68 years, and is also the perfect spot for some last-minute Valentine's shopping. It is considered to be a little higher end than most stores, however, what is a few more dollars at the expense of a clamoring face?

Among the products sold to customers are gowns, formal wear, specialty handbags and vintage accessories. Also, the company does have a website, so if braving the cold winter weather is unsettling for you, the link provided will direct you to the site: http://www.lintonswaterfront.com/  

We cannot leave out the men, though. Being a guy, I think I have a couple of gifts that will hit the nail on the head, quite literally. The Craftsman 154 pc. Mechanics tool set, a $150 value that is on sale for $99.99 at Sears, is a perfect gift for your handyman. It is equipped with 93 sockets, 5 drive tools, 12 combination wrenches, 44 specialty tools and not to mention a lifetime warranty. Plus, everybody in the house will wreak the benefits when there is a job that needs taken care of.

But if your man is not the master of home care, a gift from Dick’s Sporting Goods may do the trick. Affordable apparel such as Under Armour polos or North Face fleeces may make cuddling over a warm fire that much more comfortable. A new club for your weekend golfer may be the final touch in polishing his game. Or treating your man to a steak dinner at Ruth’s Chris or Lonestar may tenderize his heart.

One thing is clear: Spending a little money this Valentine’s Day is probably inevitable. However, going for a homerun may not be required.

A box of chocolates and roses could do the same trick as a new Chanel bag. A romantic dinner over conversation may be even better.

But whatever you decide to do this Valentine's Day, remember that money does not always buy happiness.

What you do to make your loved one's day special does.

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