Valentine’s Day: In theory, it’s a great concept, a day dedicated to showing the people, or person, that you love how important they are to you, and that you care about them.
However, in reality, many students tend to find their plans and goals limited by one key factor: cash.
More specifically, usually a lack of cash. How do you make this day special for your significant other if you are like most college students and aren’t exactly swimming in money? To find out how to make Valentine’s Day special without breaking the bank, several IUP students spoke about their plans for doing Valentine’s Day on a budget.
One of the staples of the traditional Valentine’s Day experience is taking your date out for a nice meal, and according to Danielle Moffa (senior, fashion merchandising), it’s still possible to have a special Valentine’s Day meal with your significant other.
“There are a bunch of restaurants around here that are cheap,” Moffa said. “Romeo’s has their heart-shaped pizza, and Chick-fil-A with their nuggets.”
Homemade gifts were another suggestion that Moffa had.
“I always make valentines; you just need construction paper and a marker, really,” she said.
Kaitlyn Crowley (sophomore, interior design) agreed with Moffa on this point.
“They are cheap, and they mean more because they are from the heart,” Crowley said.
No matter what your idea is, it is important to always have a backup plan. That was the key knowledge that Dr. Zachary Stiegler, coordinator of the communications media and instructional technology doctoral program, learned during his years in college, and would pass on to current students.
Stiegler recalled the first Valentine’s Day that he and his fiancée spent together when they were studying at the University of Pittsburgh.
“I decided that I was going to impress her by making her dinner, and I did not have class on Friday, so I spent all day sort of planning this out, and I was going to top it off with trying to be fancy with some homemade chocolate mousse,” Stiegler said.
However, Stiegler’s attempt at this fancy dessert ended up being more of chocolate soup than a chocolate mousse. He was then forced to improvise to avoid a Valentine’s Day catastrophe.
“Roughly 20 minutes before she was supposed to arrive, I had to run to CVS to get a pre-made pudding pie of some sort,” he said.
Despite spending a bit more money than he had expected, everything worked out for the best in the end, as the two are happily engaged now. Proof that you don’t need to spend a ton of money to have a fun time and a memorable Valentine’s Day experience.