A Collegiate’s Guide to Cheap (But Fun) Dates

There are always positive and negative aspects to everything in life, and being in a relationship is no different. Sure, you can go on all the cute dates you want, but also: cute dates are expensive. Like, really expensive. And when you’re on a college student budget (aka you cringe at the thought of meals that costs more than $10), being in a relationship can seriously kill your wallet.

My boyfriend and I have been on this relationship train for almost two years now and even though we’ve seen pricier dates (yikes, he once treated me to $20+ dinners!) we’ve been getting by with cheaper opportunities.

Even if you’re not in a relationship, these are all still applicable to that best friend in your life that’s always down to hang (but in a cheap way, because we’re all in that struggle together). With Valentine’s Day coming up soon (like, tomorrow!), I figured a round up of all my favorite date ideas would be fitting. So go and grab your boo, your bae, your BFF for life and have fun without breaking the bank.

Five Truths About Long Distance Relationships

I’m not an expert on long distance relationships, but I’ve been in one for almost two years now. When my boyfriend and I graduated high school, we were headed to different colleges. Sure, he’s only two and a half hours away and other people are burdened with states between them, but it hurts nonetheless. With such busy and conflicting schedules between us, the us slowly becomes more of a me and a him.

But over the course of these (almost) two years, I’ve learned things about myself and our relationship and how to be in a relationship in general. It’s not as easy as it used to be in high school. There are times when I want to end it and move on. But I’m still here.

Always Breaking Up… And Getting Back Together

I can practically hear my friends rolling their eyes as I write this.

I am, to the horror and distaste of all my friends, one half of a couple that is constantly breaking up… and getting back together… and breaking up again. Trust me, I know. I’ve read the articles. I’ve seen proof that this kind of relationship brings you to hell and back. It chews you up and spits you out and you become a different person altogether after every single break up.

I’m not stupid. I know that this type of relationship comes with a cost.

Don’t Break Up With Your High School Boyfriend

I remember the last few weeks of summer before my freshman year fondly. It was a blur of last minute shopping trips and hasty packing and scouring the internet for advice on how to make my first year of college a better one. I was going to a good college, I had a great boyfriend, and I have all the utilities of the internet to help me be the best me possible. Every list turned out to be the same reiteration of each other, but I was obsessed with reading every single one just to make sure I get through my first year as efficiently and effectively as any scared seventeen-year-old could.