Dating on a dime
How to date on a college student's budget
Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 24, 2013 17:10
College students have to battle smart spending everyday. From deciding to eat at the Acansa Cafeteria rather than Olive Garden, to using Netflix or Redbox instead of going to the movies, it is easier said than done.
With friends, it isn’t hard going Dutch, but what about taking that special someone out?
Would a kiss good night come at the end of a date if you ask to split the bill at Red Lobster? Anna Harris, sophomore criminology major of Moro, knows what it’s like for her and her boyfriend to go on dates and not spend over their budget.
“Heck yes we try to make dates cheaper,” she said. “We keep them cheap by using coupons or looking for the deal that restaurants have going, like Chili’s “2 for $20” deal and stuff like that, and we will order off of those menus.”
Harris said they both try to stay on a budget while in school and understand there is no need for lavish dates.
“We try to cut down on our dates because neither one of us want to spend that kind of money any more,” she said. “We are no longer a new couple and don’t need to impress or be impressed.”
Harris said doing stuff in the dorm helps save.
“We try to go out no more than twice a week. We cook a lot and have at home dates to
save money,” Harris said.
Hunter Saffell, senior physical education major of Jonesboro also tries to make dates cheaper with his girlfriend.
“When we go out we order water and use coupons and discounts,” Saffell said. “I’m a poor college kid.”
Safell also said that cutting down on how often they go out has helped significantly in staying on his college student budget .
“We go out once a week,” Saffell said.
Here are a couple of ideas when it comes to going beyond the normal dinner and a movie without cutting into the Spring Break fund.
Sport events can get cozy
Going to a sports game together may not seem like a usual date, but with the weather getting colder, sharing a blanket to get warm becomes a sure way to get comfy and break the ice. The tickets are free with student IDs and getting refreshments is cheaper than going to a restaurant. The cheering and school spirit makes for a fun, relaxed date.
Picnics aren’t just for parks
While the brutal winter isn’t too far away, it may be a perfect time to set up a picnic on some location on campus. Text your significant other a riddle to see if they can find the secret picnic location. Pick up pre-made sandwiches or salads from the Campus Store and have an impromptu lunch. The thrill of solving the mystery will add to the fun of the date.
Show those Ping-Pong skills
Whether it is to show off that you’re a Ping-Pong champion or to get a new hobby you can both share, playing Ping-Pong at the Red Wolf Center is free and a fun way to spend the day. Make it a competition: the loser has to smooch the winner.
Events on campus are as cool as concerts
There are many speakers and performers that come to campus. Why not make a date out of it? Upcoming events can be found through the A-State Daily Digest, bulletin boards and flyers.
Re-create the cinema
Why pay $20 for a movie ticket when you can have the same thing in your dorm? Pick up a Redbox movie you’ve wanted to see. Get microwavable popcorn and put it in a plastic popcorn box (purchase at Dollar Tree).
Get sodas and candy from the campus store and get your roommate to join in and shush you guys throughout the movie. Turn off the lights and have as much legroom as you want.