6 Apps for an Affordable and Romantic Valentine’s Day

In this bad economy who wants to spend hundreds on Valentine’s Day?

The National Retail Federation (NRF) expects consumers to spend an average of $130.97 on candy, gifts and cards, up from $126.03 last year. Dogs will also feel the love this Valentine’s Day, as the NRF predicts that 20 percent of Americans will buy gifts for their pets.

Even though an expensive piece of jewelry or fancy cologne sound like perfect presents, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a romantic Valentine’s Day. With some creativity and the help of a few apps, you can have an unforgettable Valentine’s Day without spending a fortune!

Here are 6 apps that you must checkout for this special date:

Urbanspoon – Need dinner plans? This free app allows you to search for restaurants by price, cuisine or location and offers authentic restaurant reviews. You can also book reservations ahead of time so you don’t have to wait in line when you arrive!

Valentine Radio – Are you having a hard time putting a playlist together? Download Valentine Radio for free. This app plays a variety of loved-themed music. Some of the artists you can listen to include Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, and little Anita. All you have to do is push play and relax!

justWink – If you need something last-minute for your significant other, justWink can be the perfect solution. justWink is a free custom greeting card app for iOS & Android phones. You choose your favorite digital card, personalize with text, photos and sign with your finger. The card would say “I care about you… and the environment,” and you can send it via text, email or Facebook.

Vonage Mobile – Unfortunately, some of us won’t spend Valentine’s Day with our loved ones, but thanks to technology, you can certainly feel closer to your significant other by using Vonage Mobile. This is a free app for iOS and Android devices, allowing users to make international calls, text, share photos and location for free with other Vonage Mobile users.

Are You Interested – Maybe you are still looking for that special someone. If you want to find someone compatible with you without having to pay a membership fee, try this app. The app uses information from your Facebook profile to find others with similar interests. You can also search for potential dates by location.

500+ Chocolate Recipes: Does your significant other love chocolate? With this app you can access over 500 chocolate recipes for Valentine’s Day. Make sure to get the ingredients you need a couple of days ahead of time so you can practice the recipes before surprising your loved one with a delicious dessert!