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What you doing Valentine’s Day?


Despite inflation — or perhaps because of rising prices — Americans will be spending more this Valentine’s Day than in 2022. Consumers are expected to spend $25.9 billion this year, up from $23.9 billion in 2022, according to a National Retail Federation survey. In fact, 2023 is expected to be one of the highest Valentine’s Day spending years on record. The National Retail Federation survey found that more than half (52%) of consumers plan to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. The average consumer will spend $192.80, up from $175.41 in 2022. The average planned spending on family members and significant others remains unchanged from 2022 to 2023, holding steady at around $131. However, the average planned spending on gifts for friends, children’s classmates/teachers, co-workers and pets has increased, from $38.36 in 2022 to $52.65 in 2023. Planned spending does vary by age, the survey found, with those ages 35 to 44 planning to spend the most. Americans in this age group plan to spend an average of $335.71 for gifts and other Valentine’s Day items — $142.91 more than the average consumer is planning to spend. No matter what your budget, I would love to know what you and your Significant Other are planning for Valentine’s Day. Send me your answers by emailing me at [email protected] , or answer on our Facebook page.

From today’s show:

• Kool-Aid was originally marketed as “Fruit Smack.”
• The United States in World War II created a bomb that used bats that would carry small incendiary charges.
• Norway has the world’s longest road tunnel which stretches an astonishing 15 miles.
• When you get a kidney transplant, they usually leave your original kidneys in your body and put the third kidney in your pelvis.

WHY PARENTS SHOULD DITCH THE SNOW BLOWER : A parenting expert (Jon Graybon) says moms and dad should bundle up the kiddos and let them shovel with them:
• Bonding: Shoveling with dad is another thing a child can do with a parent, even if it’s for only 20 or 30 minutes.
• Sounds of the season: Winter used to be more, well, quiet. Except for the occasional snow plow, most winter sounds included the blowing of the wind, the voices of laughing, playing children, and the scraping of shovels on driveways. Turn off the noise and interact with your child.
• Exercise: Most kids and adults don’t get enough exercise. Kids don’t know it, but they’ll be getting stronger.
• Sleep: Vigorous exercise — in the correct amount — helps us all sleep better. And who doesn’t want their 8-year-old zonking out right at bed time an sleeping straight through the night?
• Work Ethic: Do we really need to be training our kids that whenever something ‘hard’ has to be done, a machine should be doing it? Remind your kids that when the shoveling is done, a hot cup of cocoa or some warm pajamas and a favorite movie are waiting.

And to end the day on a laugh, here’s a quick joke: A couple were sleeping when an intruder entered their house, put a knife to the neck of the woman and said, “I like to know the names of my victims before I kill them. What is your name?” “My name is Elizabeth,” the woman replied. The intruder said, “You remind me of my mother who was also named Elizabeth, so I can’t kill you.” The intruder then turned to the husband and asked, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name’s Phillip, but my friends call me Elizabeth.”

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