Date vs Dollar

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An article that I wrote for my school newspaper during my sophomore year of high school about how couples can have a romantic Valentines Day without compromising their budget. Full names and other
sensitive information has been omitted from this online publication of the article for privacy reasons.

Submitted: December 09, 2017

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Submitted: December 09, 2017




By Vedant A

February 14 marks the sacred occasion full of chocolates, flowers, and romance, known as Valentines Day. On this special day, couples usually celebrate their feelings towards each other by either dining at an expensive 5-star restaurant or buying diamonds worth thousands of dollars. While some couples can afford such luxuries, there are also couples that want to celebrate this love-filled holiday but unfortunately can't due to budget constraints. However, these couples still have options for Valentines Day that ensures a romantic date as well as a stable bank account.

Couples should begin by preplanning for the anticipated event. Junior Lenny (Last name omitted) recommends planning 1 to 2 weeks in advance. He exclaimed, "I planned a month ago!" While planning, suggest buying inexpensive gifts for each other such as their favorite chocolate/candy, a bouquet of flowers, or a meaning DIY project.

Couples on a budget could also cook a homemade dinner together in exchange for a highly expensive dinner. This not only beats traffic and obnoxious crowds but also allows for a lot of messy fun while preparing the dish. Junior Jorge (Last name omitted) suggests, making Cajun, Bourbon, or Orange Chicken. Lenny (Last name omitted) recommends ordering pizza, because "Girls love pizza!"

After a successful and delicious dinner, couples can save even more money by watching romantic movies together on popular streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu in the comfort of their own home. Lenny (Last name omitted) recommends a few romantic movies worth watching such as The Longest Ride staring Scott Eastwood and Britt Robertson, The Choice; a new romantic film released in February 2016, and The Notebook; a 2004 film adaptation of the 1966 novel by Nicholas Sparks, starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams as a couple in the 1940s. Junior, Derek (Last name omitted), recommends watching Titanic or Romeo and Juliet, both starring Leonardo de Caprio. Finally, of course, the famous tragic teen romance, The Fault in Our Stars.

No matter the budget, the only thing that truly matters is making your significant other happy!


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