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Valentine's Day on a dime: Flowers, gifts and restaurants

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PHOTOS: VALENTINE'S DAY GIFTS ON A DIME

9NEWS Your Money Reporter Heidi McGuire set out to see what she could find at local gift shops and she shares a secret about buying your flowers direct from your local florist. 

Le Grue's Flowers and Gifts
This family owned shop on South Broadway says the best way to save on flowers this Valentine's Day is to cut out the middle man and go directly to your local florist instead of using a wire service like FTD, TeleFlora, or 1-800-flowers.com, because they add on a service fee of $15. Le Grue's says if you shop online, look for local florist with a physical address in your area to make sure they are not just an order gatherer. In the end, you'll save money and support local business.

Decade
This funky shop on South Broadway in Denver has a little bit of everything from furniture to local fashion, but we stopped in because they have a great selection of Valentine's Day gifts for both men and women. Our favorite finds? For him: A leather cuff $45 and a handy Bottle-Biner $12. For her: A beautiful gold and turquoise cuff $34, and Truth or Dare pick-up sticks $14.95.
Decade is also the only retailer carrying Chocolate Lab handmade truffles and almond brittle. 

Perfect Petal 
This Highland's boutique is one-stop-shopping at its best. You'll find gifts for her and can customize a flower arrangement all in the same place. You can also feel good knowing you're supporting local artisans. Local finds we loved: Rosy Rings Candle Trio $16.50, Love & Toast Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm $30, Gracious Lupita pink jeweled ring $33, and Zents concentrated shea butter $36.

DIY
You can get creative this holiday with what you have around the house. Chances are you have plenty of great make-shift vases at like pickle jars or wine bottles, or even that empty jar of blue cheese dressing. I was able to put together 4 different arrangements using jars from home. In all I spent $38 on flowers from my local grocery store, and $10 on ribbon and window clings from the Dollar Store. To get your creative juices flowing the ideas are endless on sites like Pintrest. Happy creating!

Make your Valentine's Day reservations easy online with Open Table and view local restaurants' deals and menus: http://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?pid=102&m=5.

Take an affordable stay-cation this holiday: http://www.thecurtis.com/special-offers/.

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