Saving Money on Valentine’s Day

For college students, Valentine’s Day can often be stressful.  Students feel the pressure to come up with not only a great gift, but a great experience for the entire day.  All that can add up to an expensive February 14th!  Especially with Valentine’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, significant others might feel the pressure to plan an entire day of fun events for their loved one.  If you can make some of these events free or very cheap, this may be feasible, otherwise you’re going to be out a lot of moolah.  Here are some Valentine’s Day suggestions for you and your sweetheart:

-If you really want to go to a movie, go to a matinee instead.  Go after lunch or right before dinner so you won’t have to buy snacks and drinks at the theatre.  Or watch an old romantic movie together on Netflix and pop your own popcorn!

-Take a short walk outside.  It might not be 70 degrees out, but imagine how nice a walk in the sunshine hand in hand with your significant other would be.

-Create a scavenger hunt, taking both of you to all of your favorite places including where you like to hang out, where you first met, etc.

-Instead of going out for an expensive dinner, make a fancy dinner at home.  You can even include candles with this one!  This is especially impressive if you don’t usually cook much.  If you still want to go out, you can go out for dessert afterwards.

-Make your sweetie a coupon book as a gift with things like, I will give you a back massage, I will take you out to lunch, I will make you breakfast on a Saturday, I will let you choose the next movie we watch, etc.

-Make your valentine a candy poem like this one:

-Go to a museum (The Sheldon is open from 10 am to 5 pm on Valentine’s Day and admission is free!)

For more cheap/homemade gift and date ideas, check out our Valentine’s Day Pinterest board at  If you don’t have a significant other, call your parents if they are far away, or bring them a homemade gift and spend some time together.  If you don’t have time to get off campus, make some yummy homemade treats for your friends to show them you care, and have a movie marathon or watch your favorite shows together.  You can also check out the Quirkyalone Day festivities sponsored by the Health Center which include crafts, snacks, and prizes.  It will be on Thursday, Feb. 12th from 7-9 pm at the University Suites.  Whatever you decide to do for Valentine’s Day, make sure you have a budget.  Remember, it’s the thought that counts!