7 On Your Side: Budget-friendly Valentine's Day options

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    Time has just about run out, but you won't overpay creating the perfect night for your Valentine's Day.

    "You can absolutely find good deals this close to Valentine's Day," professional shopper Trae Bodge said.

    If you look hard in the right places, you can still find some deals. Let's start online with sweets for your sweetheart.

    Godiva, one of the top chocolate makers in the world, offering a buy one get the second box half off deal on certain items. Or, click on a flash sale site like Groupon, where we found discount prices at a Centreville Spa, cheap tickets on the harbor wheel and for the Big Apple Circus.

    For other traditional Valentine's Day gifts, however, the deals are hard to find.

    "Around Valentine's Day, we do tend to see some price elevation particularly around restaurants, jewelry and flower merchants," Bodge said.

    Flower prices actually jumped more than 20 percent on Monday, ahead of the Valentine's Day rush. The best deal right now is at Whole Foods, which the deal we found were on roses.

    You'll have to look hard to find a reservation, much less a deal at a good restaurant. It may be a better idea to skip that pricey Valentine's Day meal at a local restaurant and cook at home, instead.

    To add to the romance, book a hotel room and take your meal with you. According to booking site Hotel Tonight, the average price for a room in the District for Feb. 14 is $94 — compared to $180 for a dinner for two at a quality restaurant.

    The best bargains will be at your local drugstore, like Walgreens or CVS. We found people there snapping them up!

    "Anything form perfumes to gift sets to toys for the kids; you can find for clearance prices," Bodge said.

    That's because merchants don't want those items on their shelves the day after Valentine's Day.

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