Doing Valentine's Day on a college budget

BY LAURA GRUHLKE | The Statesman Valentines Days is quickly approaching us again this year. It’s that time when flower prices triple and dinner reservations are hard to find. On a college budget this may mean that you are stressed out and pushing your limits on how you can pull off a great Valentine's Day. However, there are ways to do this day without it costing a fortune. The main part of Valentine's Day is spending it with the person you care about most. Here are some ideas on how to cut costs this Valentine's Day.


Make Dinner

Instead of going out and waiting for a table in the crowds of other couples, you can stay at home and make you or your partner’s favorite meal. If you work on it together it can be a lot of fun and rewarding at the end when you finally get to eat the finished product! Plus it will be way less expensive than going out to eat.

“It’s more heartfelt because you are taking the time to try and make her something she’ll enjoy. And I truly believe the way to a girl’s heart is through her stomach,” Ryan Jones said.


Deluxe Netflix and Chill

I think that one of our favorite pastimes is making forts when we were little. So why not create that again with your significant other? Go all out and create a fun fort together and then bring in your laptop and put on a movie or your favorite series at the moment. You can bring snacks and it will be an unforgettable time.


Bouquet of Goodies

Instead of spending a fortune on flowers that won’t make it past a week, why not create your own bouquet? Men should know that the way to a girl’s heart is through chocolate. Then why not make a collection of her favorite snacks or treats and give that to her? It still may only last a week... but I think most girls would agree that chocolate or candy is much better than flowers.


Homemade Gifts

Channel your inner Pinterest self and create some heartfelt and meaningful gifts this Valentine's Day. By making it yourself it will come from the heart and it’s much more thoughtful than an oversized teddy bear that will just take up the whole room.

“I would much rather have him make me something cute. It just seems more meaningful” Cate Thayer said.


No matter what you chose to do this Valentine's weekend, you don’t have to spend a fortune to make it a great day with your significant other.


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