Does the thought of scrambling to provide an exciting Valentine’s Day experience by dropping major bucks make you uneasy? We’ve gone in search of ways to create a memorable February 14 weekend without paying inflated prices—and with minimal fuss. By doing just a bit of planning now, you can take advantage of some excellent deals that are light on your wallet and big on impact! Gain points with your loved one by using one or more of the suggestions below:
Don’t forget about the daily deal sites: From three-course dinners and weekend getaways at four-star resorts to fine jewelry and spa packages, there are no shortages of incredible Valentine’s Day discounts to be found on online marketplaces like Groupon and Living Social this year! Regardless of your budget, you’re sure to find plenty that will be a hit with those you love. Looking for an adventure or fun activity that you can do with your significant other? Sites like these can provide the inspiration you need to try something new at a fraction of the usual cost. With just a quick perusal of groupon.com deals, we found an exotic driving experience marked down from $199 to $95 and a tandem skydiving jump discounted from $100 to $49.
Get onto Open Table. As you likely know, many of your favorite restaurants book up fast and limit their options to a prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day. Instead of frantically calling around on February 14 for a place that is still taking reservations but will charge you hundreds of dollars for a meal you may not even like, you can avoid the stress of last-minute planning and overpriced meals by reviewing restaurant options and booking a reservation early on OpenTable. If you’ve never used the service, you’ll appreciate the ease at which you can check ratings, availability, prices and special offers, and search by Bay Area regions or cuisine.
Grab cheap tickets to a show on Goldstar: If you want to indulge your significant other in an evening at the theater, a concert, comedy or other form of live entertainment, Goldstar is your go-to for half-price tickets for the performing arts. Some highlights of performances this February are the Tony and Grammy-winning musical Jersey Boys, the world-class music and dance production, Forever Tango, and the sell-out show, The Illusionists, Live from Broadway. Find a listing of shows and live events in San Francisco at http://bit.ly/GoldStarTicketsSF.
Take an epicurean excursion: Looking for an alternative to a Valentine’s Day dinner that will allow you and your sweetie to experience some of the best of San Francisco’s culinary offerings? Consider taking a guided food tour through our city’s unique historic neighborhoods. A variety of gourmet tours abound—whether you’re seeking chocolate, gourmet cupcakes or a sampling of ethnic cuisine. Every day in February, Local Tastes of the City Tours will provide their North Beach/Little Italy Walking Food Tour featuring great coffee, award-winning truffles, breads and pastries, pizza and deli treats at a price of $59 per adult ($125.08 total for two adults including booking fees). For details, visit http://bit.ly/NorthBeachValentinesFoodTour.
Enjoy an early-bird special on wine tasting: Does an afternoon of wine-tasting in the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey County sound like an appealing way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? The River Road Wine Trail is offering their 2016 Valentine Passport for a price of $45 per person if you purchase tickets before February 1 (price goes up to $55 after this time). Tickets include admission to eight wineries, tastings, food pairings, chocolates, a signature glass, and other exclusive deals. Just take care to arrange for safe and reliable transportation between wineries, since this is not included. For more information, go to the association’s site at http://www.riverroadwinetrail.com/.
Still looking for more affordable options that will help you make this Valentine’s Day weekend amazing and easy? SF Police Credit Union provides a number of special discounts on travel and entertainment for our members. Find them at https://www.sfpcu.org/membership/special-discounts. And before you start shelling out cash, remember that our CU Rewards Program allows you to earn points for every dollar you spend on your SF Platinum Visa. Now is a great time to redeem points for a gift, trip or evening out! Haven’t gotten your SFPCU Platinum Visa yet and want to start earning points from your Valentine’s Day purchases? Apply now on our website.