Love on a budget

Money a concern for students on romantic holiday

| Erika Hall reporter |

For Seamus Hamilton, Valentine’s Day is a do-it-yourself affair.
This year, he says, he will cook dinner for his girlfriend on the traditional day of romance and it will be a cheap but intimate alternative to what is becoming a more expensive holiday.

Makayla Womble, freshman in nursing, shops for Valentine's Day gifts while trying not to break the bank

Makayla Womble, freshman in nursing, shops for Valentine’s Day gifts while trying not to break the bank

“You have to feed them, you have to get them a gift, and then you have to show them you care,” said Hamilton, junior in communication. “So I’m taking care of the feeding and showing I care by cooking a meal.”
Gone are the days when a credit card and candy sufficed to express romance on Valentine’s Day. Dinner and a movie can easily set a couple of lovebirds back about $50, sometimes more. If money can’t buy you love, what’s a poor student to do?
Hamilton says he’s not going to get too extravagant with his shrimp pasta dish because he’s buying the ingredients at Aldi.
On the other hand, Franky Summers is going a more expensive route this Valentine’s Day.
“Me and my girlfriend decided to take a trip out of town, stay in a hotel, go to dinner and go out dancing,” said Summers, junior in communication. “And we decided that will be the gifts we would give each other this year.”
Summers doesn’t call himself the last of the big spenders.
“We got the cheapest and closest hotel to save money, and we used Priceline to help compare rates and choose the most affordable one for us.”
Tawyna Bach, adjunct instructor of communication, also doesn’t plan to spend a lot of money this Valentine’s. She and her husband plan to use a gift certificate for dinner at a restaurant.
“We are taking the kids with us to save on baby-sitting and to make them feel included,” she said. She added that her husband will get her a homemade valentine and her favorite candy.
Not everyone has their paramour in mind for Valentine’s. Seth Helliker says the holiday is his dog’s third birthday and that he thinks that’s more important.
“Celebrating my dog’s birthday on Valentine’s Day will be a whole lot cheaper than celebrating with a girl on Valentine’s Day,” said Helliker, junior in construction trades.
Another student for whom Valentine’s Day won’t mean much is Andrew Hill.
“I will be watching the “House of Cards” season two premiere on Netflix,” said Hill, senior in psychology. “I’ll spend about $7.99 on that this month.”
Luke Rampy says it’s hard to determine how much he will spend because he’s not in a relationship.
“I’ll probably just hang out with other lonely people and try to have some fun,” said Rampy, senior in physical education. “I’m going to try not to spend too much.”

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