Valentine’s Day on a budget: What are students to do?

By Delaney Davis

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and students all across campus are wondering how they can hook up their honey without breaking the bank.

Because we all know roses are red and violets are blue, but neither one are cheap, so what do you do?

"Balling on a budget" is the mantra of some Hampton University students, but expectations for such a special occasion may surpass available funds. Aarian Lasselle, a grad student from Bermuda, says, "Money is no object, but at the same time, we are in college." Lasselle believes that you don't have to spend a pretty penny to have a memorable day.

However, going above and beyond on Feb. 14 is simply expected according to Candice Davis, a sophomore from Atlanta: "I do expect something. I want to see that you tried. Put some thought into it."

With the looming holiday, many sweethearts are running out of time and running low on coins. Edible Arrangements, life-sized teddy bears and bouquets are all extravagant gifts. But exchanging handmade cards or cooking each other's favorite homemade meal are also super sweet gestures that are low on price but high on creativity.

Believe it or not, there are some men out there who say they don't want a gift for V-Day. "The girl doesn't have to do anything for me," said Dean Johnson, a senior from Maryland. He just wants to see his significant other happy.

You can't deny that there is a certain level of stress that comes along with all the Valentine's Day preparation. Questions arise such as what to get your boo, or better yet, will they even like it? Jalan Richardson, a senior from Louisiana, said he likes to make the holiday an event for her and her friends: "I don't like anyone to feel left out if they don't have a valentine, including myself."

Sharing the special day with your friends is a great idea and gives you the option to have fun, sans valentine. But Chelsea Davis, a sophomore from North Carolina, doesn't think so positively about being single on the sappy holiday. She dubs it "Singleness Awareness Day" but adds that she doesn't mind the extra dollars she gets to spend on herself instead of a Valentine this year: "Yes it would be nice to have someone to spend the day with, but I can take myself out to eat! I don't need a man for that."

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to express love (or like) for your sweetie. But five-star meals or diamonds that shine like stars in the sky are not the only way to express your feelings. Remember, you can't buy love. There's no need to stretch your bank account to win the heart of your one and only.

As college students, it's key to keep in mind that heartfelt and thoughtful gifts, not always the expensive ones, will make your bae -and your wallet happy.

The writer is a student in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications.

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