How to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a limited budget

Photo: Tracy Geibel
Walmart displays giant teddy bears for customers to buy as gifts for their significant other in celebration of Valentine’s Day.

By Dakota Palmer
Staff Writer/Spectator

Around mid-February each year comes that exciting, romantic and expensive day.

Each year some college couple is trying to figure out how to have a romantic Valentine’s Day without breaking the bank.

Textbooks are expensive, but love is even more expensive. However, there are more ways to express your love for your significant other without having to take out another loan.

If you are looking to go out for Valentine’s Day, then there are some affordable options.

You could plan a picnic and hold it practically anywhere, even here in Edinboro. Though holding a picnic outside in this snow and these cold temperatures may not be a good option, holding the picnic in your living room or dorm is a nice gesture that will make anyone fall deeper in love.

Also, ice-skating is a fairly affordable and romantic activity if you are willing to take a trip to Erie.

Finally, while dinner and a movie is always a winner in the date category, going to the movies can possibly empty your wallets between the tickets, drinks and popcorn.

Yet, the University Programming Board will be playing Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at the Scot Cinema from Feb. 11 through Feb. 15. All movies are free for students with an ID, non-students only have to pay $1 and popcorn is 50 cents.

If you do not want to go out, then there are endless possibilities for an inexpensive Valentine’s Day.

Everyone enjoys a good homecooked meal. For those who do not know how to cook, then this could be the perfect time to learn how to make spaghetti. And if it doesn’t work out, ordering some takeout food to always an option, too.

Either way, celebrate the day with some food — the heart-shaped pizza is always a winner and chocolates are a popular choice. Although it is not a dinner at the most famous restaurant in Italy, it still shows that you care.

Freshman Emily Widomski says that she and her boyfriend are making dinner themselves, but trying new recipes they have never made before.

“It could potentially go very wrong and burn, but it will still be fun,” Widomski said.

Netflix is another affordable option for couples looking to stay inside instead of going out. Even for those without Netflix, there are free trials for a month. However, it is important to remember to cancel Netflix before the month is over to avoid charges. 

“We are also going to watch movies on Netflix, turn off our cell phones, and just enjoy each other’s presence,” Widomski said.

Widomski explained connecting with a significant other will be much easier when cell phones are turned off for the night. Many issues arise when trying to form a connection with a person and battling with the overuse of cell phones. The most important part of Valentine’s Day should be to spend time with loved ones, not to tweet about the date.

Finally, remember that being single doesn’t mean that you have no one to celebrate Valentine’s Day with; there are other ways to make the day memorable. Make some dinner, watch a movie and enjoy your own company or invite a group of friends to join.  Netflix isn’t only for couples on Valentine’s Day.

More importantly, the best part about Valentine’s Day for single people is Feb. 15 when all of the stores are still flooded with candy that they need to get rid of. Besides who needs a boyfriend or girlfriend when you can have super discounted Walmart candy?

Dakota Palmer is a staff writer for the Spectator. She can be reached by