Show Notes for Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Today we visit with two awesome ladies, known as the Frugal Friends.

Jen Smith is a personal finance expert and author of three books, including the best-selling The No-Spend Challenge Guide and Pay Off Your Debt For Good After paying off $78,000 of debt in two years Jen has made it her mission to help people embrace frugality as a way to simplify and optimize their finances. When she's not writing and recording for Frugal Friends Jen and her husband are investing in real estate and taking well-deserved vacations with their son Kairos. Her third book is called Meal Planning on a Budget: Save Money on Groceries, Master Meal Prep, & Reduce Food Waste to Reach Financial Freedom.

Jill Sirianni is a licensed clinical social worker and natural-born frugalista. Her favorite frugal move was living in an RV to save on expenses and pay off student loans. When she's not making people laugh on Frugal Friends you can find her digging in her backyard veggie garden or spending Saturday mornings at yard sales with her husband Eric.

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February 14th

Valentines Day

Frederick Douglass Day

Gold Heart Day

International Book Giving Day

International Quirkyalone Day

League Of Women Voters Day

Library Lovers Day

National Black Literacy Day

National Call In Single Day

National Condom Awareness Day

National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day

National Ferris Wheel Day

National Have A Heart Day

National Impotence Day

National Organ Donor Day

Pet Theft Awareness Day

Read To Your Child Day

World Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

World Sound Healing Day

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People are going to be shelling out big bucks this Valentine's Day - the National Retail Federation's survey says we'll be spending a whopping $25.8 billion, slightly down from last year's $25.9B. But we'll be spending more on significant others than ever, a record $14.2B. The number of people buying candy for Valentine's Day is expected to be at a new record high with 57% of consumers.

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Hershey's Kisses have been making their way up the list of the most popular Valentine's Day candy. Hershey's Kisses picked up one more #1 spot this year and several runners up and third place finishes as well, gaining ground on M&M's. M&M's, which had been making steady progress up the chart for the last few years, got knocked off the top spot in two states last year, Oregon and Pennsylvania. By whom? None other than Hershey Kisses. This year, Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates knocked off M&M's in both Kansas and New Jersey, allowing Hersheys Kisses to take a lead over M&M's for the first time.


Argylle” stumbled out of the gate at the box office, suffering weak critical and audience reception, with an estimated $18 million domestic weekend take. That’s enough to place Matthew Vaughn’s film in the #1 spot at the box office, but keep in mind that that the rest of the top 5 are holdovers in their 4th weekend or later. The other major story in the weekend box office rankings is that “Wonka” passed the $200 million domestic mark in its 8th weekend, the first film since “Barbie” and “Oppenheimer” in the summer to cross that mark.

Law & Order” is losing a fan favorite. Sam Waterston is stepping down as DA ‘Jack McCoy’, with his last episode set to air Feb. 22. “Scandal’s” Tony Goldwyn has been tapped as his replacement, though details on the new DA have not yet been revealed. In a statement, Waterston, who played the role for 30 years, said: “The time has come for me to move on and take Jack McCoy with me. There’s sadness in leaving, but I’m just too curious about what’s next.”

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Valentine's Day is upon us once more, bringing with it the celebration of love in all its forms. As we prepare to shower our dearest with tokens of affection, an important question lingers: Which candy will reign supreme in the hearts of each state this year? Fear not, we have delved into the latest trends and data to bring you the definitive guide to 2024's most popular Valentine's candy across the nation. updated its Valentine's candy map for 2024. I think you'll like it.

Top Valentine's Candy by State

The map has a fresh new look and, as always, we ranked the most popular Valentine's candy in each state, as well as the first and second runners up. Our results are solidly grounded in over 16 years of sales data.

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58 million pounds of chocolate are bought during Valentine's Day week.

The peak selling period for conversation hearts is only 6 weeks long. Wow!

It takes manufacturers 11 months to produce enough for those 6 weeks.

Vodka infused with candy remained popular with conversation hearts last year.

Children receive 39 percent of all Valentine’s Day candy and gifts.

In Japan, chocolate is given to men, not women, on Valentine’s Day.


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In Wales, wooden love spoons were traditionally given as a token of love.

The first Valentine’s Day candy box was created by Richard Cadbury in the late 1800s.

The most popular Valentine’s Day color is red.

The average American spends $144.56 on Valentine’s Day candy.

Each year, an estimated 1 billion cards are exchanged on Valentine's Day.

The oldest box of Valentine's Day candy dates back to the early 1900s.

In the Middle Ages, valentines were handmade gifts like love poems or artwork.


Question: In a survey, 35% of women said that THIS is what they want on Valentine’s Day. What is it?

Answer: A babysitter to watch the kids

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How would you like to know how long those bananas or strawberries are going to last – BEFORE you buy them? A new device is being used in some British supermarkets that scans fruit and detects the molecular level of freshness, then makes a precise calculation on how many days that piece of fruit has until it no longer can be enjoyed. How in the heck does it do that? By penetrating a strawberry, or avocado, or other fruit with light, algorithms detect the levels of water, sugars, and other compounds. Once an expiration date is determined, suppliers and retailers can make judgment calls about the best use for it. The company is called OneThird, a reference to the fact that one-third of food produced by humans tends to be wasted. It is currently capable of determining the shelf life of strawberries, tomatoes, avocados, and blueberries, and a coming update will allow it to analyze grapes, bananas, mangoes, and raspberries. And while at this point, the machine is only available to supermarket staff, as well as at distribution centers, we can hope that one day, the consumer is granted access to them as well.

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Hey, Valentine’s Day is coming…

Groom yourself: Well, duh. Experts say a large part of physical attraction is centered on the more changeable aspects of our self-presentation.”

Stop stressing: Just like how smiling can make you more attractive, showing signs of stress, like bags under your eyes or dull skin, makes you less attractive.

Grow a beard: Biologically, heterosexuals look for typically male or female traits in the opposite sex—the most glaring of which for women is men’s facial hair.

Don’t wear too much makeup: A UK study found that women think men like a lot more makeup than they actually do. Another study also showed that faces with natural makeup were seen favorably — but faces with more dramatic makeup were seen as less trustworthy.

Hang out with friends: People appear more attractive when they’re in a group. This is because we tend to “average out” faces in a group, making less attractive members more so.

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