Dating on a college budget
College is one of the biggest steps to independence you will make as a young adult. It's a time to learn about yourself, as well as the fields you want to study. Part of that independence is meeting new people, and probably dating some of them.
Unfortunately, college budgets aren't always amenable to the dating scene. While it's possible you'll find another person who is cool with meeting over McDonalds for dinner, but it won't be as impressive as hitting up a 5 star restaurant—or, well, any other restaurant.
Fortunately, you can pull off a great date on a budget with the right skills, and those skills don't have to include whipping out a credit card. Here's a few tips for creative (cheap) dates.
Take the date outdoors
Lots of dream dates involve holding hands while walking down the beach. Even if you don't live near a beach, long walks in nature are beautiful, memorable, and free. Planning activities such as hiking, picnics, or touring Christmas lights make for memorable dates that don't draw attention to how little you're spending on them.
Visit a museum
Museums are a wonderful way to help support your studies, have a new experience, and save money. Many museums have heavy student discounts, and even if they don't, you may be able to get admission free through your local library.
Check and see what options are available for you before heading out, so you're not surprised by a high end ticket price if these discounts aren't available to you.
If you started dating due to a shared interest such as saving the planet or social justice issues, volunteering together could be a really great way to spend time together. Not only does volunteering cost nothing, you'll also be giving back to the world, which will make your date that much more special.
If you're creative and thoughtful of your partner, you don't have to spend any money in order to enjoy being with them. Even just staying at home watching movies is a great way to enjoy the time you have together.