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Don’t break the bank this Valentine’s Day

Students share how they keep things romantic while staying budget-friendly for Valentine’s Day
Rebeca Hernandez
How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Being a college student can be expensive, so students shared how they keep costs low and romance high during Valentine’s Day.

People often send messages or give gifts to a partner, family, and friends to show their love and appreciation. 

Some of the most common gifts around the holiday are Valentine’s cards, flowers and chocolates. According to Drive Research, a website dedicated to designing studios, analyzing data and managing products, “57% of consumers buy Valentine’s Day candy as a gift for their loved ones. Other popular gifts include cards, 40%, flowers, 37%, and an evening out, 31%.” 

Those who look to buy roses, in particular, should be prepared to spend a hefty amount as costs tend to go up around mid-January and continue until Feb. 14, according to OC Wholesale Flowers, a nationwide flower supplier. The company encourages customers to place their orders in advance.

However, some students have decided to go with other gifts to stay budget-friendly. 

Angelina Mendez, a fourth-year student at Cal State LA, said although she is single this year, she had previously celebrated with her partner and typically receives gifts from her dad, mom and aunt and likes to give as well, when she can.

“I do have a budget because of school, my life, and stuff, but what I like to do is go to the 99 Cent Only Stores or Dollar Tree,” Mendez said. “They always have cool stuff. Even the dollar section in Target, you can literally build a gift.”

Some students have also hopped on to the trend of a “Galentine,” where they celebrate with only their female friends. Third-year student Alize Rocha said she usually spends the day with her friends and that she doesn’t need an expensive gift to feel appreciated. 

“I definitely feel like it doesn’t really matter the price of it. I think even the small things like hand-made things, a little letter, even baked goods is a nice little way to show that you care,” Rocha said.

Rocha’s friend, third-year Lea Cueva, said that knowing what a person likes and getting them something small is a great way to show appreciation.

Second-year students Samantha Garcia and Alejandro Martinez also considered budget-friendly gifts this year.

“What I would do is write little love letters and then get their favorite snacks. I like something more meaningful than materialistic,” said Garcia.

“Just go somewhere cheaper like CVS or Walgreens. Instead of getting flowers from a place that’s expensive, you can get them from street vendors,” said Martinez.

Although money can be tight for some students, they still like to find ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day and show their loved ones that they care.

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Rebeca Hernandez, Illustrator & Production Assistant
Rebeca Hernandez is the Illustrator and Production Assistant for the University Times (UT). She is a fourth-year graphic design major. She holds an interest in typography and print design. She has experience in branding, poster and flyer design, and illustration.

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