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Budget-friendly Valentine’s Day date and gift ideas

Budget-friendly Valentine’s Day date and gift ideas

Budget-friendly Valentine’s Day date and gift ideas
February 13
00:24 2014

Ali West // Staff Writer

Celebrating Valentine’s Day can be a challenge if you’re on a budget, but you don’t have to spend a month’s paycheck just to observe the holiday. Here are some fun ideas for couples that will fit any budget.


– Single-stem roses are $6 at the Kroger on University, while bouquets in a vase from Wal-Mart (with about a dozen roses) are $14.88, while supplies last.

– Heart-shaped sugar cookies are $2.25 at Sugar Queen Cupcakes on University. However, it would cost about the same amount to make an entire batch of chocolate chip cookies from scratch.

– Character-themed 32-count Valentine card sets, like the kind traded in elementary school, are available at Party City for less than $5. For a more personal touch, there are plenty of printable valentines that you can decorate yourself for no cost at all. Internet access and printing is free in the UNT Library with a UNT ID.


Free of charge:

– General admission to the Dallas Museum of Art is free every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors can browse more than 22,000 works of art from varying cultures and time periods.

– The UNT Media library, located in Chilton Hall Room 111, offers movies, video and board game rentals for nothing more than a swipe of a UNT student ID. The Media library is open until 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14.

$10 or less:

– Two plates of basic pancakes from the 24-hour IHOP on North Texas Boulevard are less than $3 each with tax, leaving ample room for extra toppings or coffee.

– Buy a set of cheap watercolor paints and paper. Paint each other pictures, or turn it into a competitive guessing game.

– Cook a frozen pizza from Wal-Mart and rent Twister or another board game from the UNT Media Library in Chilton Hall.

– Visit Sugar Queen Cupcakes on University Drive for its Valentine’ s Day specials, including chocolate-covered strawberry cupcakes for $4. The bakery will also have a buy-five-get-one-free special. All other cupcakes are $2.95 each.

$20 or less:

– Follow a coffee date at Jupiter House Coffee with a browse at Recycled Books and Records (open until 9 p.m. Fridays) for a used movie or CD to enjoy together.

– University Lanes offers a $14 all-you-can-bowl special, with shoe rentals included, from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays during their cosmic bowling nights. The bowling alley also serves inexpensive food, such as $2 grilled cheese sandwiches.

– Additional competitive date options include laser tag and mini golf for $8 per person per game Fridays at Main Event Entertainment in Lewisville. This would also make for a fun group date.

– For a spooky twist, Ghosts of Denton haunted history outdoor walking tours are $10 per person. The 90-minute tour begins at Jupiter House Coffee at 8 p.m. Fridays and proceeds around the Square.. Reservations are required by 3 p.m. the day of and tickets can be purchased online.

$30 or more:

– Enjoy dinner and a movie at the same time. Admission to the Denton Movie Tavern is $5 per student, and a meal is usually about $10 per person.

– Alternatively, Cinemark 14 Denton’s student tickets are $7, and there’s a Beth Marie’s location right across the street. It closes at 11 p.m. Fridays, so it is perfect for a pre- or post-movie treat. Romantic drama “Endless Love” is in theaters Friday, as is romantic comedy, “About Last Night.” Tickets can be purchased in advance online or in-person.

– Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, which holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest walk-through haunted house, will be open Friday and Saturday. The candlelit event, “Twisted Love,” is from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Student tickets are $25 each, but for $5 off the ticket price, visit the website and join the mailing list for a coupon.

Feature photo: Spence Benbow chooses a bouquet of yellow rose for his wife Diana Benbow in Kroger on Monday afternoon. Photo by Zixian Chen / Senior Staff Photographer 

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