Flowers sit on a rack in a flower shop the day before Valentines day in the flower district on Feb. 13, 2009 in the Manhattan borough of New York City.
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Six things you didn’t know about Valentine’s Day

In case you didn’t know, many Americans go big on Valentine’s Day. Ladies, gentlemen, below are a few Feb. 14 spending trends — and they might just inspire you to step up your game.

Americans are expected to drop $4.8 billion on Valentine’s Day bling this year.

Remember, big things come in small packages.

Jewelry backstage during the Frankie B Fashion Show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Smashbox Studios on March 31, 2004 in Culver City, Calif.
Jewelry backstage during the Frankie B Fashion Show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Smashbox Studios on March 31, 2004 in Culver City, Calif.
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One in five Americans will give their dog or cat something special on Feb. 14.

Pets need love, too.

Dog sleeps with new toy during 130th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York
Peter, a Chow Chow, sleeps with his new toy, a Valentine’s monkey, during the 130th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York on Feb. 13, 2006.
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The average person celebrating Valentine’s Day spends about $142. 

Also known as stacks on stacks on stacks.

An employee at a money changer counts $100 bills.
An employee at a money changer counts $100 bills.
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Approximately 141 million Valentine’s Day cards are distributed each year.

That’s second only to the number of cards swapped for Christmas

A Hallmark Gold Crown valentines card is held for a photograph at Audrey's Hallmark in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006.
A Hallmark Gold Crown valentines card is held for a photograph at Audrey’s Hallmark in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006.
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Adults age 25 to 34 spend the most on their significant others, about $213.

Millennials, what are you trying to prove?

A couple embraces on the beach at Coney Island in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, on May 26, 2013.
A couple embraces on the beach at Coney Island in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, on May 26, 2013.
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Word to the wise though, before you go to Jared, you might want to know:

According to Facebook, March is the biggest breakup month of the year. 

It’s right around the corner.

A chalk heart is painted on a cracked asphalt road.
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Xoxo

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Six things you didn't know about Valentine's Day