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5 Cute and Cheap Dates for Valentine’s Day

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Has cupid’s arrow struck you this Valentine’s Day? Don’t worry if you still don’t have any plans or if you are short on cash (like most of us college students). I have five ideas that you can pull off last minute for the special day and also not go broke for!

1. Cook Dinner Together

Think of a meal to make together, buy the ingredients together, then go back and cook it together. Not only will the process be fun, but you can both enjoy a nice dinner afterwards with some added candle light and a single red rose as the center piece. Add a little soft music to set the mood and share some strawberries topped with chocolate for dessert.

2. A Night Walk

Take a walk together holding hands to a place that is special for both of you. Shut your phones off and give each other full attention! Walk and share stories with each other you have never told before. Reflect on memories you have already made together. And gaze at the stars and bring a mug of hot cocoa to share under the moon.

3. Secret Surprises

Special surprises are always good. Slide a love note under their door, leave a balloon tied to the knob, and a flower in front or taped to their door. Either do this before they wake up for them to start their day, or for them to come home to as a special way to end the night.

4. Day Trip

Get in the car and go! Go to a city you have never been and just explore. Site see and spend the day being adventurous. Randomly stop at different places and find things to do to keep you busy. Make sure to take photos and have the perfect playlist for the ride!

5. Friends

Valentine’s Day is not JUST about couples. It’s about for those you love – that includes friends too! Whether you are single or in a relationship, get with your significant other and your friends and do something together! Go ice skating, bowling, go see a movie, whatever it is – just spend time together. Share some food, conversation, and laughs.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

What will you be doing?

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Cheap & Snazzy Dinner Dates

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profile of girlBy guest blogger Tiana Bouma
Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

Let’s face it – enjoying great food in the company of awesome people is a fantastic way to spend a few hours. But footing the bill for the tasty drinks and drool-worthy food can be difficult – especially since anything besides Top Ramen is a delicacy to most college students.

It’s already hard enough to fork over the insane amounts of money that are necessary to cover our college textbooks and school tuition without the temptation of treating ourselves once in awhile. So to help myself out, and hopefully a few of you as well, I have compiled some ideas on how to enjoy that dinner date out on the town without having to pull from your “Post-graduation vacation $$” jar.

Happy Hour

One aspect I am always looking to save on is the price for drinks on a nice dinner date since buying a few good drinks can usually end up doubling the price of a dinner. A lot of restaurants also offer appetizers and specific dishes, sometimes half-size, for lower prices during happy hour. You can find a Happy Hour any night of the week if you know where to go and have explored all of your restaurant options. To add a little spice to your dating life, try going to a new Happy Hour at a different restaurant every time you go out, make it a bucket-list item.

Websites & Coupons

There’s an ever-growing list of coupon and deal websites that restaurants use to entice new customers.  Groupon and Livingsocial are two popular websites that I have seen offer deals such as 2 for 1-dinner entrée coupons at local steak restaurants and “Buy a meal get a beverage or dessert free”. These hidden gems can provide you with a chance to try a place that may have previously been unknown to you or out of your price range.

Make A Meal to Go and Take A Hike

Although hiking isn’t necessarily required for this tip on how to save on dinner dates, sometimes it can be nice to go a little farther away then a city park if possible. In the coming warmer months, it can be romantic and sweet to take the usual dinner date somewhere in the open air and spend an evening enjoying nature and maybe even stargazing. To make the picnic, you can always order take-out from your favorite place to eat or visit a local grocery store. My usual weekly picnic includes a sourdough loaf, avocados, sharp cheddar cheese, turkey, prosciutto, salami, and a bottle of wine. I have spent many great nights lying on a blanket in the middle of a field laughing the hours away.


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