Flamingo-g61fc1804d_640Best wishes to you and your loved ones on this day to celebrate relationships.

I hope if your budget is tight that you have figured out inexpensive ways to celebrate. Although it’s estimated that Valentine’s Day spending for 2023 is estimated to be $192.80 per person celebrating, about a third of people plan to give an experience this year. Maybe that’s why the estimated spending is so high – tickets to concerts and sporting events continue to climb.

If your single, take time to celebrate love for yourself and your friends and family. You don’t need to be in a relationship to be happy.

To celebrate, I’m going to make some gluten-free brownies. I’m enrolled in the Dean Ornish heart health program. It’s a plant based, low fat diet. It also emphasizes keeping sugar consumption low.

I bought the brownies before I started the program, so today is a good day to get rid of them. I’ll eat one or two, then freeze the rest.

For years, I’ve eaten just one dessert a week; during the pandemic, I upped it to two.

Limiting your desserts is a good health practice. Just have one serving and freeze the rest.

Love to you and your loved ones on this special day.

My mom loved flamingos, so this photo reminds me of her and her love for me and our family.

Originally Published on https://boomersurvive-thriveguide.typepad.com/the_survive_and_thrive_bo/

Rita Robison Consumer & Personal Finance Journalist

For more than two decades, Rita R. Robison has been a consumer and personal finance journalist making her living by finding the best bargains, calling out the crooks, and advocating for regular people just like you and me. In that time, Robison has talked to so many people who feel like their money just isn’t getting them what they want, where they want to be, or the life they thought it would.

The purpose of her blog is to help you get what you want from your money. Robison covers financial goals, budgets, debt reduction, saving, smart choices for buying goods and services, and retirement planning. You’ll also find articles on safety, such as avoiding scams, looking out for rip off companies, and getting informed on the latest recalls.

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