​Date night

No one likes to be called a cheap date, right? But sometimes on that college budget, you've got to do what you got to do. After tuition, books, rent, and your meal plan, there may not be a whole lot left over for that new bf or gf. But you know, sometimes the best things are free.

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No one likes to be called a cheap date, right? But sometimes on that college budget, you've got to do what you got to do. After tuition, books, rent, and your meal plan, there may not be a whole lot left over for that new bf or gf. But you know, sometimes the best things are free.  

The easiest cheap date of all is seeing what's going on on campus. There are entire student organizations designed to put together things like movie nights, game nights, you name it. These things are typically free or at a big discount for students, and chances are your friends will be there too. 

Cities also put on community events that can be fun. I always keep my eyes open for festivals, concert series and special events going on in town. Music festivals are a great way to spend a Saturday and not be out a ton of cash. Sometimes these things take a little extra planning and digging, but a lot of times it's worth it. 

Another great way to spend time together is to get outside. Hiking, sports, trips to the park - all cool ways to change up your Netflix and chill routine. Especially while the weather is still nice, take advantage of these outdoor spots. It takes very little planning, but could be some of the most memorable moments. 

I didn't realize until just recently that some of my favorite games, like board games or card games, from when I was a kid are crazy cheap now. When I was wasting time in Walmart, I found Yahtzee for like 6 bucks and Monopoly for 10. I don't know about you, but sometimes I can be seriously competitive, so I have to watch myself when we pull out the board games. You'd be surprised how much fun it is to play a game you haven't seen in a long time. 

And there is always the study date. Kill two birds with one stone on this one. Maybe not the most fun, but it's cheap and you have to do it anyway. If you both have a big test coming up, sometimes to just study in the same room feels like time well spent together. Just make sure that other person is as focused as you are. A study date that is just a distraction can be annoying.

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