College Romance on a Budget: A Guide to Ramen-Free Dating

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Got a hot date? Even college students on a tight budget can impress their sweeties. The key to a successful cheap date is creativity and personal attention. This article provides some helpful tips.
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So, you're finally going out with that special someone, but aren't sure how that lint in your pocket will impress? With a little creativity, even college students on a tight budget can make a good impression. How? With a little bit of creativity and a lot of personal attention. Here are some frugal ideas sure to make your date know just how special he/she is without breaking the bank.

1. Make dinner. I know what you're thinking... and no, those fish sticks in your freezer don't count. Actually take the time to find a recipe and prepare it. Show your date that you care. Homemade dinners are much more affordable than restaurant meals. They also provide you with an opportunity to spend time one-on-one, which helps set the mood.

2. Be spontaneous. Can't afford to catch the latest box-office hit at L'Expensive Cinema? Simply look at your date and say, 'Movies are great, but I'd like to take you someplace special.' Then, head for a drive along the beach or to a vista dark enough to see all the stars. Who wouldn't be blown away?

3. Spend quality time at home. There's nothing wrong with snuggling up to a rental movie or pulling out the Twister mat. Consider renting a childhood favorite, popping some popcorn and throwing on some old sweats. Being comfortable together is perhaps the most important aspect of a successful relationship. Why not start now?

4. Take advantage of your environment. Live near the mountains? If you do, how about sledding? Live near the ocean? Beaches are great for sunbathing, volleyball or surf lessons. Even the prairies have hiking trails and wild flowers. Take advantage of what nature and your community have to offer... free of charge.

5. Spend time with friends. Hanging out with friends can be a great way to introduce your friends to your new sweetheart, although with some potential for disaster if they do not get along. If there are no major conflicts, it can make for one of the best evenings you've spent together. Playing games, shooting pool (the cost of which you can split with your friends), or just talking with new and interesting people could be precisely what the two of you need to connect.

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