As Feb. 14 approaches, it can be stressful to think of romantic ways to celebrate with your Valentine as a college student with a rather tight budget. Here are a few ideas on how to make the day with your Stagmate special with limited funds.

Make your gifts. Pinterest is your best friend during this holiday season and even though it may not seem like much, your significant other would appreciate a handmade gift. You’d be surprised just how much a custom-made CD or DIY picture frame could mean to your partner.

Have a nice night in. Instead of fighting crowds at a restaurant to celebrate the day of love, pick a new recipe and stay in to cook together. Instead of going to the movies, check out Netflix’s cheesy romantic comedy options and get cozy on the couch together.

Search for deals (and make reservations early!). There are a lot of restaurants that will have Valentine’s Day specials or a prix fixe menu to keep the bill amount low. Checking out coupon sites, like Groupon, can give you more discounted options.

Be unordinary. Go against the typical V-Day tradition of a dinner date and go out to lunch or breakfast for cheaper menu options.

Celebrate a day late. Head to CVS for discounted candy and pig out on sweets.

Have a viral date. Many college relationships end up being long distance. Even if you can’t physically be with your significant other on the holiday, order your favorite takeout and FaceTime for an online date.

Keep it simple. There is no need to buy an expensive meal and/or present for your partner. As long as you’re with the right person, a simple walk through the snowy Downtown Fairfield or staying up late talking about life, will be just perfect.

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