• 5 Ways to Make Valentine's Day More Thoughtful and Less Expensive 

    Neighborhood bank provides five Valentine's money-saving tips  

    Orland Park, IL (January 27, 2012) – Although Valentine’s Day is dedicated to showing the significant other in your life how much you mean to them, expensive long stem red roses, lavish gifts or a five star meal at a classy, high-end restaurant might not be the best way to celebrate if you are looking to save money.

    Spending ridiculous amounts of money on dinner, cards, and presents for Valentine’s Day could be silly when there are less expensive, more thoughtful ways of celebrating this special holiday. Spending less money and more time on your Valentine’s Day surprises gives the whole day deeper meaning.

    Marquette Bank, a locally-owned neighborhood bank, provides five easy and simple ways to save on your Valentine’s Day gifts:

    • Instead of roses, which are expensive and even more so around Valentine’s Day, you could purchase daisies, freesias, carnations, or chrysanthemums. Flowers are flowers, whether they cost you $50 or $15.
    • Make your own card or simply write a love letter or poem. A personal letter says a lot more then something you picked out from an over-populated card aisle.
    • Cook a special dinner, rather than go out to a crowded, over-priced restaurant. Tip: Look through sale papers for that week and cook whatever is on sale.  Cooking your own dinner scores you brownie points because it shows you made the extra effort to plan in advance.
    • Have a special night at home and rent a romantic movie, for about 1/10 of the price of going to the movies.  Movie night at home gives you more personal and alone time.
    • Shop online for a gift in advance. Prices tend to rise on certain items around special events and holidays. Online shopping also allows you to shop around for the best price in a matter of minutes.
    Whether you do all of these, or just one for your Valentine this year, you are bound to save yourself some money – remember it is about showing the person you care for how much they mean to you – not how much you can spend.  Marquette Bank offers free savings, budgeting and retirement planning services for customers and neighbors through a comprehensive free financial review.  If you are interested in a free financial review, please call 1-888-254-9500.


    About Marquette Bank:    

    Marquette National Corporation is a $1.7 billion diversified financial holding company for Marquette Bank.  Marquette Bank has been a locally-operated bank providing personalized banking service since 1945.  Marquette Bank is a full-service, customer-focused neighborhood bank that serves the financial needs of Chicagoland communities, offering an extensive line of financial products including retail banking, mortgages, trust and business banking, free Online Bill Pay and free Automated Telephone Banking.  Marquette Bank’s retail branches are located in Chicago, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Bridgeview, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Lemont, New Lenox, Oak Lawn, Oak Forest, Orland Park, Romeoville and Summit, Illinois.  Marquette Bank customers have convenient free access to over 43,000 Allpoint and Starsf ATMs worldwide.   

    Marquette Bank is an Equal Opportunity Lender, Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC. Follow Marquette Bank on Twitter or like the Bank on Facebook for special offers and news.For more information visit: http://www.emarquettebank.com  or call 1-888-254-9500.