Hopefully I won't end up sleeping in the garage...


If you're feeling blue because you don't think you can spend much green to make this a Valentine's Day with a lot of red in it (think: cards, candy, roses), you're not alone.

TNS Retail Forward, a Columbus, Ohio, retail-research group, released a survey late last week that predicts a rather anemic-looking Valentine's Day for shoppers and store owners alike.

Some of the findings:

*Although men plan to spend $95 for Valentine's Day versus $92 in 2007; women will spend less: $67, down from $74 last year.
* Sixty-one percent of men plan to buy a card, compared with 69% last year.
* Sales in perfume and flowers are expected to be flat this year. Fine jewelry, lingerie and clothing will rise a little.