-How it All Began-
I think it’s safe to say that most people, single or not, end up spending money on Valentine’s Day. If you are in a relationship, costs can be infinite from spending on cards, gifts, dinner, drinks and so on. For single people, Valentine’s Day can be a money drainer also. A lot of people still find themselves celebrating this Hallmark holiday even if they don’t happen to like it. You may send a few cards, go out to dinner and/ or drinks with friends, or even drown your sorrows in a box of chocolate a McDonald’s take-out bag. Often in our culture, it seems like we are all trapped in this cycle of spending money. Why is it that we have all of these holidays that pressure consumers to spend in order to feel satisfied? Better yet, what has convinced us that we must spend on others in order to feel included, appreciated and validated?
There are ways of getting around spending a lot on holidays like this one without feeling like you’re letting yourself down, or anyone else that you may feel pressured to oblige.
-Ways to Save Money-
Now prepare yourselves, these might seem devastatingly obvious…
First of all, rather than going out to dinner or drinks why not just make something together, it’s more fun anyway. Sangria, by the way, is a great drink to make with friends when you’re on a budget because the main ingredient is cheap red wine (get a bottle for no more than $6). By the way, the link attached happens to be my all time favorite Sangria recipe.
Second of all, there are tons of sites online that you can make photo collages on. In fact, you can put these collages on calendars, computer covers, picture frames, and even mouse pads. One of my favorite things about this particular site is that there is a little bar on the top left corner where you can gauge how much money you want to spend. I most recently used gifts.com for my mom’s birthday when I made her a mouse pad for under $15. Not only did this gift save me a lot of money, but it was also thoughtful and personal (and she loved it!).
Lastly, rather than doing something like going out to the movies, why not rent a movie. Or better yet, if you’re on campus here at Gettysburg, why not rent a projector screen at the library and have a romantic movie night back at your dorm room? You can even pick up snacks at the commons and Bullet beforehand. Furthermore, if the weather is nice it might not be a bad idea to go for a walk into town or out to the Peace Light.
On the other hand, if you do happen to have some money to spend I would recommend the Pub, the Blue Parrot, Dobbin House Tavern or O’Rourke’s Pub. The Tavern is offering a Valentine’s Day Brunch menu for Sunday for $21.95 a person, and the Parrot and Pub have seasonal special desserts and drinks.
No matter what you end up doing with your time and money this Monday evening, make sure you have fun.