What You Need to Know About Borrowing for College

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In 1993, less than 20% of students earning their bachelors degree did not take out student loans. As of today about 68% of current students borrow annually.

WIthin the last twenty-five years, tuition has quadrupled in price, raising faster for anyone in the middle or lower class to keep up.

Federal Stafford Loans

With so many offers and FAFSA’s not-so-user-friendly format, students and parents are stumped about which loans to utilize. The Federal Stafford Loan is designed specifically for students. Borrowers are to repay their debt six months after graduating college or after they’ve started their job outside of the university.

Some facts about the Federal Stafford Loan:

Unsubsidized Vs. Subsidized

If possible, stick to subsidized stafford loans. Students who qualify for subsidized loans do not need to worry about interest accruing while they are in school. Interest will begin to build once qualified students graduate. However, those granted an unsubsidized loan will accrue interest while they attend school.

Student Loan interest rate on subsidized loans has lowered substantially to 3.4%, however, this is subject to change at the beginning of the new student loan year. The interest on unsubsidized loans sits at 6.8%. The department of Education and Congress continue to debate whether the lower interest rates should be kept.

Which Do I Qualify For?

Your college or university will inform you which financial aid packages are available to you (i.e scholarships applied, grants, and loans). In your financial aid package you will find a breakdown of what loans you qualified for. Subsidized loans are usually awarded to those whose family makes under $50,000. It is common to see both loans available to you.

The amount you can borrow is broken down in the chart below. This is the maximum amount a dependent student can borrow per year:

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What You Need To Know:

If you can avoid loans, do at all costs. Borrowing can be a heavy burden, but not a defeating one. If possible, also try to avoid borrowing over the general maximum of $27,000 and keep an eye on the interest. Pay during school if you can, but if not do not worry too much. Payment plans will be set accordingly. Remember to utilize subsidized loans when possible!

Do You Think You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep Each Night?

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Only around 11 percent of college students report that they consistently gain enough sleep each night because sleep deprivation is an ongoing epidemic on college campuses.

Sleep deprivation may seem like the new norm, but depriving your body of much needed rest can hurt your GPA, lead to ongoing health problems, and result in a threat to your life.

When you’re not getting enough sleep each night it affects your three learning processes: Acquisition, the ability to store information, Consolidation, your brain making use of the information, and Recall, the ability to access your memories. The Rundown compares sleep deprivation to both binge drinking and drug use, stating that all three have similar affects on student’s test scores.

In this regard, CBSNews said that driver’s without enough sleep are four times as likely to getting in an accident  as those who had the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. If you’re someone who uses a car on campus, you could be a risk to not only yourself, but others around you. 

Sixty percent of people admit to drowsy driving and over a third of people have fallen asleep at the wheel. If you’ve gone a full 24 hours without sleep it is the same as driving with a blood alcohol level of .10, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

Huffington Post adds that 20 percent of young adults are receiving only less than five hours of sleep each night. This can lead to numerous health problems like depression, attention deficits, higher risk of obesity, and dependence on sleep and anxiety medications.

Interestingly enough, NPR noted that that women on average go to bed earlier, wake up earlier, and for biological reasons still need more sleep than men! While around 11 percent of male college students suffer from insomnia, nearly 30 percent of female college students suffer the same, so make sure you’re getting your beauty sleep ladies!

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there are many ways you can combat this campus-wide epidemic. Make sure you have your daily routine down. It’s too easy to come home, jump into bed and type Netflix into your browser. Sit at your desk (and not your bed because your brain will begin to associate it with productivity) and do some homework. Then you can reward yourself with snacks and whatever else tickles your fancy, then end the night with something relaxing like a book, bath, or playing with your dog.

Even a new pillow or, if you can afford it, a mattress pad can aid your sleep game. Dorm room beds were basically made for jail cells and everyone loves new pillows, so you shouldn’t let your sleep patterns be affected by something so simple. Stay comfortable!

Finally, eliminate your go-to things which may include, caffeine, television, cellphone, laptop, and any screen usage, and alcohol before bed. While sometimes it’s inevitable to avoid the sleepless study nights, there are things you can do to help get a better nights rest.

The Truth About Student Loans and Debt

According to a study conducted by the New York Times, 94% of students earning their bachelors degree have utilized student loans. That is up 49% from 1993’s 45% amount of students borrowing.

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What is going on?

Within the last decade, state governments have shifted more financial responsibility to the families of students in college. Despite the fact that the enrollment in state colleges and universities has increased immensely, most states have actually cut their spending for higher education, allocating their money to things such as military, prison upkeep, and other political agendas. This trend has continued to accelerate as state budgets increasingly shrink due to financial crisis and unpopular tax increases.

National, state, and local spending per one student was adjusted for inflation and ultimately reached the lowest amount within the last 25 years. This jeopardizes the long-standing belief that state subsidized higher education is available to those of the lower and middle class. Meanwhile, cost of tuition and fees further increase, passing the rate of inflation. According to the Department of Education, should these trends continue, the average cost of a public college will double within the next fifteen years.

As of Right Now

The average student debt is $27,000.00
4 out of 10 Americans carry student debt
In 2015, 53% of graduates were unemployed
Almost 2 million people over 60 are still paying off student debt

Who Else is Responsible?

Colleges also have neglected to address their affordability issues. Institutions continue to urge students to apply despite their financial situation, but offer no solution for the long gap. Just as mortgage brokers promised a worry-free borrowing process for homeowners before the market crash, many colleges refuse to offer warnings about student debt to their doe-eyed student prospects.

The Fault of Borrowing

Without second thoughts, students are forced to borrow heinous amounts of money, throwing themselves into debt before the age 20. Beyond federal loans, it’s too difficult to borrow from private lenders because of the easy credit allowance. Students with no understanding of the concept money or loans borrow amounts that would otherwise be denied to them. This phenomena has led 43% of students to declare bankruptcy by the age of 30.

The Hope in it All

College debt is not always bad. It continues to rise and proves to leave the students at an ever increasing disadvantage, some debt is perfectly acceptable. Preparing for debt and learning as much as you can about it will only help your future. If students were to borrow from the federal stafford loan program only, they would suffer less consequences. For most this will be a $27,000 max loan.

For more information on student loans please see tomorrow’s post:

What You Need To Know About Borrowing for College

 

Tips for the Freshmen

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Whether you’re waiting for your college acceptance letters to come in the mail or you’re currently a college Freshman half way through your first year, you can learn from a few tips on how to survive the first year of college.

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There are so many ways to get around paying full price for your textbooks each year. Sometimes it’s beneficial to buy your books and then sell them back at the end of the year, but know that there are other solutions. Companies like Chegg often offer lower prices on textbooks and Chegg sends you a digital copy while you wait for your textbooks to come in the mail. Also consider getting digital versions if your teacher allows it; digital copies are usually cheaper solutions. Then there’s always the option of simply renting. Your textbooks are nearly half the price, and someone may have taken great notes in it before you. Visit MoneyTalksNews for more ways on how to save money on your books.

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The easiest way to avoid the Freshman 15 is to have a game plan. You have to go into college thinking, “Will I fall victim to the deadly freshman 15? NO!”
The best way to avoid overeating is to actually eat more. What? Yes, it’s true. Dr. Diekman, MEd, RD says that, “Eating snacks or mini-meals after every three or four hours can help avoid bingeing,” so as long as it’s mini, snack away! If you’re really committed to dropping the pounds, Great Value Colleges has 29 more ways you can fight the Freshman 15.

Packing for College suitcase

Sooner than later you’ll begin to realize that less is always more. You don’t have to rebuild your bedroom from back home and you won’t “possibly use that shirt for a special occasion” that you’ve been pushing to the side for months. If you didn’t wear it back home, chances are you won’t wear it in college. To help you out, here’s The College Packing List, an entire website dedicated to packing for college. Narrow down your essentials, and thank me later when it’s time to move out.

Budgeting College

Consider the following: The amount of money you came to college with, the amount of money you earn (if you have a job), how much you need for necessities, savings and THEN how much you have left for yourself. Try downloading the app Level Money! It updates you on your spendable budget in real-time so you can see how much you have left over for the day, week, or month!

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If you’re one of the many wondering what your first roommate will be like, here’s a little advice. Set ground rules for each other in the beginning. Is it okay to have your girlfriend spend the night on the weekends? Who’s going to take out the trash? This will prevent avoidable arguments in the future. Also, try studying together! It’s a great way to get to know them and hey, riding the struggle bus is always more fun with another person. If you’re still anxious about your future roomie, Forbes has more tips for survival.

And remember, download and spread the word to download the Freenters drive to your computer to gain some extra cash. As a freshman, you’ll quickly learn that you print way too many papers to not gain something out of it (other than an A+ of course).

What can your Student ID do for you?

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College is expensive. With tuition, gas, room and board all adding up you barely have enough money to even think about eating. Here’s a guide on how to utilize your student Id to its fullest extent.

Food

A list of the best places to eat for cheap.

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Who doesn’t love the healthy options that chipotle offers? Show your student ID and get a free drink! Now you have enough to get that extra guac.

Subway

Eating fresh never sounded better! When you’re in the mood for something light and quick Subway offers the best fresh ingredients for your sandwichy needs. Get 10% off when you show your ID.

Chick-fil-a

If you are just as obsessed as I am with chick-fil-a then this is a dream come true. Most locations offer a 10% off discount or a free drink when you show your student ID. #SpicyChickenDeluxe

Sam’s Club

Sign-up for a Sam’s Club Collegiate membership and get a free $15 Sam’s Gift Card. You will also receive “student only” coupons.


Technology

Amazon Prime

This one doesn’t require a student ID, however, it does require your student email address. Get Amazon Prime for free for three months when you sign up with your student email address. After your membership runs out wait one month and renew it again for free. This comes in handy when ordering last minute textbooks…or snacks. Amazon Prime also provides movie and show streaming just like Netflix!

Apple

Mac computers come with a hefty price tag, but with your student ID  head over to your local apple store and get $200 off any Mac laptop or $50 off any Ipad.

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Students get a 10% discount on the Spotify premium. Premium comes out to only $4.99 per month, not bad for an ad-free music app! Not to mention it frees up a lot of space on your phone if you don’t download the music.

Adobe

Students can save up to 80% off popular Adobe software.  Click here for more information.

 


Retail

Banana Republic

Banana Republic is your one stop shop for professional clothes. With important internships and job interviews approaching its handy to have a place to go that you can get a discount. Show your student ID and get 10% off your purchase!

Ann Taylor

Ann Taylor is another spot to buy business attire! Get 15% off when you show your ID.

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H&M offers 15% off at select stores  to students who show their ID. It’s hard to beat their already great prices!

***You can bundle coupons on top of your discounts at some of these retail stores! Check online for coupons***

 


Entertainment 

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Have you seen our cheap date post yet? It has plenty of dates well under twenty dollars for you and your sweetie to go out and spend some quality time with out breaking the bank. Places like Regal theaters offers $1.50 off of movie tickets anytime Sunday-Thursday!

Cinemark Theaters

Who doesn’t love a movie night out with your friends? Check this list of all the Cinemark theaters in the U.S. that offer a student discount.

Check your local theaters for $5 movie nights too!


Insurance

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Being an adult is hard and paying the bills is even harder. Get 20% off your insurance with Allstate if you’re a full time student. Are you in good hands? You are now.

State Farm

State Farm offers a  student discount program that not only gives you 25% if you get good grades, but the savings lasts even after you graduate until you reach the age of 25.


 

Avoid Poor Spending Habits

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Sometimes when you get to college, it’s your first experience with true independence. We have a tendency to not invest where we should and spend money on things we don’t need. Whether it’s your first year in school or your last, everyone makes the same common mistakes. Make sure you don’t pick up on these poor spending habits in college.

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Okay, we can admit that it’s a lot easier to spend your dollars on that McChicken, but you should minimize your visits. It may be tempting to eat out with your friends most nights, but cutting back can save you big bucks. College Connections from Wells Fargo says that by limiting yourself to two lunches a week can save you at least $30 a week and $450 a semester. Fast food is great for saving time, but a meal  at home is cost effective, can last for days and your bikini-ready body will thank you.

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There’s nothing wrong with spoiling yourself every once in a while, but don’t make it your pass time.  CNN says that “When it comes to making major purchases, patience is a virtue.” Often times, when there’s something you’ve had your eye on, there may be a big sale coming up, making it worth the wait.

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This may be obvious, but also easy to forget. The College Investor encourages students to pay their bills on time so their credit score isn’t affected for the future. It will only cost you more through late fees and interest charges. College is the best time to both begin establishing credit and gaining responsibility as an independent adult.

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Why are you still spending money on printing?! There’s nothing worse than a professor who hasn’t caught on to the digital age and wants you to physically turn in your 20 page paper. If you have yet to download the Freenters drive onto your computer, you’re not only losing money, but you’re losing money. First you’re losing money from campus printing, and second your not earning money through Freenters’ printing. Visit our website and start earning money for what you’re already required to do. It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s free to use.

Five Things Every College Student Should Know

College is stressful, especially for incoming freshman, it helps to take a few pointers from students who have been in the game longer.

The Truth about Textbooks

96803174_books_259155cYou will have teachers who swear by their books and you will have teachers who couldn’t care less. The thing with required texts is, teachers HAVE to post a required text. Its a ploy for your school to make more money, but in reality its pretty rare for me to even open any of my textbooks. With all the resources available to you on the web, textbooks are becoming a thing of the past. My advice to you is to wait for the first day of class. On the first day the professor will tell you if the text is required, some teachers will even email you the week before letting you know to buy the required text. This method saves you the time and money that would otherwise be wasted on the unused textbook. IF the text is required always always always ask your professor if there is an older version of the text that you can use. Schools require the newest version of the text but usually versions that are two or three behind are scarcely different. Don’t forget to always check the web for free pdf versions! Bill Gates also has free textbooks available for students here. Thriftbooks also offers a wide variety of texts for very cheap and usually have coupons for free shipping.

 

How to Excel in Class

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Go to office hours. GO. TO. OFFICE. HOURS. Your professors are required to dedicate a few hours of the week to sitting in their office waiting for confused students to wander on in. Your professors want to help you, and going in and having a one on one with your professor will give a face to your name and allow you a more personal learning experience. Professors are there to enhance your learning and its free tutoring from your instructor, take advantage.

Check your E-mail

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If you’ve never maintained a regular email, you need to start learning now. your professors and the school will send LITERALLY everything to you student email address. Due dates, last minute assignments, class cancellation, extra credit, assignment clarification, school events and the like will all be sent to your student email. Check it daily. This is a huge mistake that new students make. If you don’t like the platform you use you can easily have all of your student emails forwarded to your personal email.

Freenters and Making Money off Printing Homework

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Chances are your professors will have you printing anything and everything, which can get very expensive. My first week of school I spent five dollars just printing the syllabus and first introductory assignments. Utilizing a platform like Freenter is essential for all college students. They’ll pay you to print pre-selected adds out along with your homework and who doesn’t like to make a little extra cash? It is completely free to students and a great tool to use to make a little money off of all those homework assignments. My advice to you is to buy a twenty dollar printer from wal-mart and printing everything from home to maximize efficiency and moneysaving. Learn more about Freenters here.

Campus Involvement and Lasting Friendship

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Whether you’re a fan of Dungeons and Dragons or shopping, there’s a club for everyone. Check with your school’s engagement office to see the clubs and events available to you. Joining a club or organization not only boosts your resume, it also builds connections. Networking is so important in college, and what better way to meet people just like you than to join a club? Not only will it give you new opportunities to explore, you’ll build lasting relationships with people that a lot in common with you. My advice to you is get out there and attend a first meeting, there’s no pressure to join and you’ll find out more of what you like. If you are unsure check out this article on why you should join a club.

What To Do When You’re Blue

635941288691995957-1761224894_stressed-woman-under-stress-1000x600Honestly, college sucks. That’s the horrible truth that no one wants to admit. Although this is a brutal perception, it doesn’t mean you have to let reality get to you. When you feel like giving up, there are far more things to think about than how much college sucks.

Mid-terms are coming up, so you need to prepare early. Yeah, camping out in your school’s library day and night seems effective, but many college students in the past have made like a broom and overswept through their classes with this technique.

Rather than torturing yourself through your studies in the quietest, most secluded areas, try studying in a comfortable environment. Don’t let studying get you down because it can only hurt you. You can be like a mummy and listen to your favorite wrap music! Psychology Today explained a study showing that students’ memory can be indirectly improved when they are in a positive mood. Listening to your greatest playlist before a long study sesh can benefit you later on.

Another thing to help you survive is too not let your mind wander. It may seem soothing to start letting your mind run wild thinking, “Will adding 18 carrots to my soup turn it into gold?” but before you know it, you’ll stress more about all the time you’ve wasted not getting down to work. In time, you’ll be calculating the precise grade you have to get on your next three exams to barely pass the class. Stay focused to avoid your midterm blues!

Something that students often forget about tests is that you don’t have to study alone! Connect with someone from your class and quiz each other for maybe 30 minutes each day, a few days before the test. This can be in person, over the phone, or on a Skype call. This person doesn’t even have to be in the class you’re taking. A tip from USA Today College said that a good way to study is to go to an empty room and teach someone the material you’ve learned. The best way to know if you’ve learned your stuff is to go teach it to someone that knows nothing about it.

Something else to remember is that when you decide to dedicate time in your day to study for that midterm, that should be your sole focus. You can’t stress yourself out with the many worries of the world. Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun? It’s because they’re always a little short, but you don’t have time to worry about your lack of funds. Whenever you need extra cash, remember that you’ll have spare cash in your account when printing with Freenters, and get back to studying.

Finally, spread the midterm cheer! Try to keep your friends just as positive as you are during one of the most stressful times in college. If you enjoyed the random placement of corny jokes in this post, take a look at our post 10 Corny Jokes To Tell Your Cornier Friends for more and lighten someone’s day during midterms.

Today’s cornball jokes were inspired by 101 Corny Jokes found on Quotev.com.

Now, do you want to hear a joke about pizza?

Never mind, it’s too cheesy.

 

 

10 Corny Jokes to Tell Your Cornier Friends

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Thanks to The Little Strawberry at Quotev.com, we’ve narrowed down their list of 101 corny jokes to give you our top ten! Share them with your friends to either get a good laugh or a pair of eye rolls.

  1. Why was the broom late?
    It over swept!


  2. What type of music do mummies listen to?
    Wrap music!


  3. How do you organize a space party?
    You planet!


  4. Why can’t you borrow money from a leprechaun?
    They’re always a little short


  5. Why is it difficult for a pirate to learn the alphabet?
    Because he always gets lost at “C”


  6. How do you turn soup into gold?
    You add 18 carrots!


  7. Wanna hear a joke about pizza?
    Never mind, it’s too cheesy.


  8. What do you call a fake noodle?
    An impasta!


  9. What did the baby corn say to the mama corn?
    Where’s pop corn?


  10. What do you get when you cross a snowman with a vampire?
    Frostbite.


Print off this list with Freenters and study it alongside your midterms to be equally knowledgeable in your biology test and corny jokes.

 

 

10 Dates For When You’re Both Broke

 

 

In light of Valentine’s Day, it’s important to do everything you can to make your special someone feel special. Taking a quick glance at your bank account tells you that you don’t have very many options. Fear not! Here are ten date ideas that are all about quality time and saving money! Utilizing Freenters‘ printing services can help you pull enough cash for one of these budget-friendly dates.

1. Chopped

Possibly one of my favorite date nights, the chopped date night is for those who love to compete with their crush. Go head to head and see who is the better chef. This takes very minimal planning and can be made as cheap as you want! I only spent $13 on mine.c420947869f348e2afb6a21e63f68b6b

 

You’ll need:

   – ingredients (I used these)
   – two baskets (or two boxes)
   – some competitive music (here’s a playlist)

   – access to a kitchen

If you don’t know how chopped works I’ll give you the general guidelines and you can customize them to your own event. Players are given a box of the same mystery ingredients. Once the competition starts you will have 30-60 minutes to create the best meal with the ingredients you have. You may also put out some extra things that are available to everyone (like spices, veggies, side dishes).  I suggest watching an episode of chopped before doing this date.
Pro-tip #1: Make it even more exclusive by renting an apartment for the night with Airbnb ($60+)
Pro-tip #2: Invite another couple over to spice up the competition! BUT keep in mind how many people because only so many people can use the over/stove at once! Try using ingredients that are already cooked if this happens!

2. Bob Ross Paint Night 

This date is always a winner and guaranteed to spark some competition and laughter. The best part is, I only spent about ten dollars. Everyone has seen the deals for Paint Night, but it can range anywhere from $50-100 for just a mediocre piece of art. I give you BOB ROSS, the happiest, most pleasant artist to ever walk the face of the Earth. You’ll fall in love with just one of his videos. They are free on Youtube and Netflix! CAUTION: these painting look extremely hard, but Bob Ross maintained the idea that anyone could paint if they tried. He gives you a step-by-step tutorial on how to paint his work and surprisingly IT’S EASY.

 What you’ll need:

   – Select a video and painting that you want to recreate and watch it to be sure.
   – You can get two canvases from wal-mart for about $5-7
   – Paint brushes ($3-5 Wal-Mart. Try Dollar store!)
   – Acrylic Paint (Watch video ahead of time to know what colors! ($1 wal-mart)
   – Newspapers to protect the ground from any spillage
   – Plastic cup for water to clean brush
Pro-Tip #1: BYOB? Alcohol is always a good mix with art
Pro-Tip #2: Make this a double date and invite another couple! You can see who is the best painter.
Pro-Tip #3: Snacks make every party a better one! Here’s an easy cookie recipe:

3. DIY Pizza Party 

This party only cost my $15 and who doesn’t love pizza? This party is super fun because it’s kind of a DIY. You get to spend some quality time with your crush, all the while creating something you’ll both love (competition?).

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Here’s what you’ll need:

   -Pizza dough (you can make it with this easy recipe, or buy it already made $1-5)
   -Pizza sauce (red, white, pesto – you decide! $2-6) You can also make it using tomato
      paste and chicken broth!
   -Pizza toppings (get creative – pepperoni, olives, pineapple) ($2-5)
   -An oven bake at 450 for about ten minutes (check your pizza dough package for more specific directions)
Set out the ingredients for you and your significant other. Let your creative juices flow and create your own pizza!
Don’t have an oven? Make these pizza bites with a toaster oven!
Pro-tip: Make it a double date! See who’s pizza tastes the best!
Pro-tip #2: After the pizza is done baking put on a romantic movie! Or go for a walk and work off those calories.

4. The Target Date

Okay this is a new one and it’s a little harder than you think! Probably a better date for those who have been together longer.
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This date costs $10-20. Grab $5-10 and drive to Target. Once your there you both have one hour to find the best gift for the other person using the $5-10 you brought! You CANNOT go over. After you both finish come back together and see who bought the other the best gift!

 

Pro-tip: Loser buys dinner? (Dollar menu!)

 

 

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5.Nature Walk/Picnic

Google your local attractions and check out the good hiking spots. Grab a backpack and pack a specially made lunch for the two of you and get going! Make sure to look at the difficulty of the hike before going and make sure your partner is able to do it too.

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What you’ll need:

   -Hiking shoes
   -Backpack
   -Lunch ($8-15)
   -Blanket to sit on
   -WATER
Pro-tip: Bring your partner’s favorite snack to let them know you pay attention. OR bring them a small gift!
 
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6. Game Night

Whether you’re just getting to know someone or if you’ve been together for years, a game night is always a fun way to learn new things about each other.

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Set up some snacks and select your games for the night! My favorite: Cards Against Humanity. Don’t have it? Print it for free here. Print it using Freenters and make $2.40!
Do some research for games your partner might enjoy!
 Pro-tip: Snacks make everything more fun (so does alcohol!)


7. Museum 

A day at the Museum is always fun. Make a day of it and bring some lunch! Or, if you have extra cash check out a local spot to really get immersed in the community! Always check Groupon for local deals and coupons (and your Freenter coupons)!

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8.Mini Golf

The classic movie date. Show off your golfing skills and score with your partner. It’s good for some competition and quality time. You can usually find a good deal for $7-10.

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Pro-tip: If there are multiple courses don’t do the last hole in each course or you’ll lose your ball! Skip the last hole and do all the courses! Save the 18th hole for when you’re ready to go home.

 

 


9. Movie Night at Home

Doesn’t sound special but that doesn’t mean it can’t be made to be special! Grab as man pillows and blankets as you can find and make the room as comfy as possible! Build a fort! Or build it together! Decorate the room with candles (or snacks) and pick out your partner’s favorite movie! Pop some popcorn and relax together!
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Pro-tip: If you can have it outside then I would suggest moving the movie night to your backyard.
Pro-tip #2: Have nerf guns? Make this even more fun by having a war before settling in.

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10. The Arcade

Last but not least, is one of my all time favorites, the arcade.

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This can be a little more expensive than other dates but check your local websites and groupon (psst…. here’s a coupon)for better deals! Dave and Busters and Gameworks usually have deals going. I just bought $40 dollars worth of credit for $20. They also have cheaper nights to go and student specials! Whether you like Time Crisis or Dance Dance Revolution, you two will have a great time here!