Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show love… to a romantic partner, a best friend, even a stranger! Instead of breaking the bank this year, choose one of these cheap ways to celebrate.
1. Do a simple chore.
This is the perfect way to let your roommate know you’re thinking of them! Take out the trash, clean the kitchen, or just tidy up. It’s completely free for you and won’t take too much time, but it’s a kind gesture. Plus, it’s killing two birds with one stone because you probably needed to do that chore anyway.
2. Leave a note.
There are so many ways to leave a sweet note on Valentine’s Day. Slip a card into your friend’s bag while you grab lunch, give a letter to your partner at dinner, or leave an anonymous note at a coffee shop! No matter what you say, whoever receives it will be so grateful that you took time out of your day to write out why you appreciate them.
3. Pay for the person behind you.
Let’s be real, Valentine’s Day can be hard, and you never know what someone is going through. You can make a huge difference in someone’s day by making the small decision to pay for the person behind you. Whether you’re waiting in line at a coffee shop or in a drive-through for breakfast, this is an inexpensive way to show love.
4. Compliment someone.
Do you know that feeling you get when someone compliments you out of the blue and it makes your day? Give that feeling to someone else and make it a point to compliment strangers. If you like someone’s necklace, tell them. If someone did well in a project, let them know you appreciate their hard work. It’s a small, free gesture but it can have a lasting impact.
5. Reach out to a friend.
We all know college is busy and it’s easy to only spend time with the same people. Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity to reach out to a friend you haven’t seen in a while, whether you’ve lost touch or go to different schools. Text or call a friend and tell them you love and miss them! You never know how much your simple text will mean.
6. Give a small gift to say thanks.
There are so many people who deserve appreciation but might not always get it! Write a thank you card or give a small gift to the barista who always makes your coffee with a smile or the bus driver who waits for you when you’re running late.