Houston, TX (PressExposure) February 05, 2009 -- Whether Americans like to admit it or not, we all have a bit of the hopeless romantic in our hearts. With love in the air, Americans find it irresistible to flaunt their affection at this time of the year. Jim Trippon, CPA and one of Americaâs foremost authorities on the money habits of self-made millionaires, has released his ultimate Valentineâs Day gift list to astonish your significant other this holiday season.
According to the National Retail Federation, last year Americans spent a remarkable $17.02 billion on Valentineâs Day. Overall, consumers are focusing more on quality than quantity. Americans are leaning more towards a getaway spot instead of a box of cheap chocolates.
This year retailers are turning their focus towards menâs jewelry. Watches are becoming the new tie for Valentineâs Day. Will women take the lead this year as âThe Biggest Spenderâ? Not likely since men spent roughly 48% more than women last year.
âEach year it seems that Americans top themselves in spending for Valentineâs Dayâ, says Trippon, âI think people should focus less on how much they are spending and more on the quality of the gift. Find something to enjoy together!â
Here is Tripponâs Ultimate Valentineâs Day gift list for 2009:
1. Carbonana Castle, authentic templar castle- $11,000,000 euros (completely renovated) 2. Isla Bonita, Brazil- 2,600,000 USD 3. Neil Lane Ruffle Cuff Bracelet- $250,000 4. Tiffany & Co. Jean Schlumberger Bracelets- $65,000 5. Polar Explorers North Pole Dogsled Expedition- $40,000 euros 6. Vacheron Constantin Quai de L'Ile- up to $60,000 7. Fendi 24 Carat Gold Python Frame Bag- $36,000 8. Pianki Biometric Briefcase- $12,000 9. Vertu Ferrari Ascent Ti- $9,650 10. Bond No. 9 The Crystallized Amphora- $3,500
Trippon believes that people stay in love when they take the time to become educated about money together.
âGet real and deal with your budgetâ, says Trippon, âBe honest with each other about your money habits and come up with a plan to spend it as a couple. It will improve your love life!â
Trippon is the author of the Amazon best-seller, How Millionaires Stay Rich Forever: Retirement Planning Secrets of Millionaires and How They Can Work For You.
For further information or to schedule an interview with Jim Trippon, contact Kelley Damiani at 713-661-3806 or firstname.lastname@example.org