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Tips to Do Valentine’s Day on a Student Budget

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Posted on February 9, 2016 by Delaware Valley University.

If you're looking to do something romantic for your sweetheart on Valentine's Day but don't have expendable income to spend on stereotypical dates or gifts, don't give up! There are plenty of creative activities you can do or gifts you can get for a low price or nothing at all. Your date will appreciate the thought and effort that you put into the day than what you spent on it.

Check out these ways to do Valentine's Day on a student budget.

Make your Own Gift

A homemade gift might sound cheesy but give it some thought. What are you good at? Are there any talents you can use to create a gift that your boyfriend or girlfriend will love that will cost you almost nothing?

Try writing a poem or a story about all the things you love about your partner, the first time you met them or all your favorite memories together.

If you're a good artist, try sketching something for your partner to hang up. If you're not the best artist, go to a local drugstore to get a photo of you two printed, and purchase an inexpensive frame to put it in.

These gifts can last a lifetime and will only cost you a few dollars.

Take it Outside

Find a pretty street or a nice park nearby and take your date on a romantic walk during the day. Make sure to tell them to dress warmly because it's chilly in February. 

Walking hand-in-hand with your sweetheart uninterrupted is the perfect way to spend an afternoon without having to spend any money at all. You can take in the scenery and talk for as long as you can. Maybe light snow will even start to fall, making your date like a scene from a movie.

Movie Night In

Speaking of movies, a classic budget-friendly date is a movie night in. Plan out a couple movies based on you and your partner's mutual interests from the TV guide, Netflix, or owned or borrowed DVD's. Gather blankets and pillows to make for a comfortable viewing area.

Of course, no movie night is complete without snacks. Before your date, pick up some candy for a few dollars to enjoy during the movie. 

Dinner at Home

If you have a place with a kitchen and you want to try your hand at cooking, pasta is meal that doesn't require much cooking knowledge besides boiling water. It's also very inexpensive at roughly a few dollars for a box or two and a jar of spaghetti sauce, which will be plenty of food for two people. 

Cooking a simple meal can impress your partner and make for a really romantic evening. 

These budget-friendly ideas will earn you points with your date and make for a great Valentine's Day. Find out more tips and tricks like these by visiting DelVal's blog.