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Last year, the average American man spent $169 dollars on Valentine’s Day, while women spent an average of about $86. For couples who buy one another gifts, that could be a total of $255. That’s a ton of champagne and chocolate.

Here at FlipKey, we believe that a romantic getaway trumps a fancy box of candy any day. On Valentine’s Day in particular, spending quality time with the one you love is a meaningful way to celebrate the weekend without breaking the bank. In fact, we found that the average cost of one night in a vacation rental for two this Valentine’s Day is just $143, which leaves $112 for more traditional gifts…

…Or airfare. The most popular Valentine’s Day spots do require some travel to reach. This year, we found that the top destinations on February 14 are in Florida and Hawaii, with Miami Beach taking the #1 spot. For most people, these destinations are a flight away.

With airfare, a romantic getaway might get you to the high end of your V-Day budget, but have no fear: Here are our suggestions for ways to save while keeping the romance alive:

Instead of a bottle of Dom Perignon Rose ($360) or the classic Veuve Clicquout Champagne ($49.99), try a bottle of Prosecco instead. This tasty bubbly runs a mere $11.99, but uncork that bottle and you’ll be ready for festivities.

You could order your special someone three-dozen roses ($219 from Teleflora), or you could say a simple, “I love you” with an even dozen ($44.99 from 1800flowers). Pro tip: have them delivered directly to your vacation rental for a Valentine’s surprise.

Chocolates run the gamut, from Hershey’s Kisses ($14.59 for 56 oz.) to Petits Richart ($850 for a “vault”). While we all love kisses, we recommend sweetening up your sweetheart with Godiva’s signature gift box ($70). That is, unless you’re celebrating in Hawaii, in which case you can get away with a box of chocolate covered Macadamia nuts ($10.49 for 14 oz.).

Skip the unavoidable long waits, limited menus, and crowded restaurants on the most popular “date night” of the year and stay in for a romantic meal. You can prepare your favorite dishes in your vacation rental’s kitchen, and you’ll get to enjoy your bottle of bubbly in peace—without paying a premium.

When it comes down to it, we’ll admit it: traveling may be more expensive than making a reservation at a nice restaurant and ordering a few gifts. But at the end of the day, a trip makes it a Valentine’s Day to remember, and those memories are priceless.