Scoring the perfect touchdown this Valentine's Day

(NC) Everyone’s favourite football Sunday is fast approaching, and whether you’re a sports fan or not, most of us can get behind one of the most enjoyable food events of the year. This probably includes chicken wings, nachos, soft pretzels and dips galore. But as you prep your festivities this year, make sure to think of your valentine.

With the excitement of the big game, it’s easy for Valentine’s Day to sneak up. Avoid relying on a "hail Mary" this year, and get in formation with these tips:

Stock up on essentials
If you're shopping for the big game, make the most of your trip by picking up Valentine’s basics at the same time. By spending a few minutes getting your card and chocolates on your pre-game grocery run, you'll save a whole lot of time which you can spend with your beloved.

Less preparation, more celebration
Whether you're hosting a get-together or just spending a quiet day at home, simplify your life with more accessible food and beverage options. Instead of doing homemade wings or tacos, look for ready-made or frozen options. These rules apply to Valentine's Day as well as game day …. the less time you spend in the kitchen, the more you have for enjoyment.

Create a game plan
Going shopping without a game plan can lead to your wallet taking a major tackling. Before you head out, check your local Loblaws flyer for promotions and exclusive PC Optimum offers, and build your list around that. Being on the offensive and proactively looking for discounts can keep more money in your pocket to treat your sweetheart to something special.

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