Southern Utah University students have one important question to ask this Valentine’s Day: what food can I afford? It is no secret that Valentine’s Day can be expensive for couples; you need to buy chocolate, get flowers and find that stuffed bear your significant other always eyes at the store. But what about eating out? Plot twist: Valentine’s Day dinner can be equally romantic and affordable.
You heard me correctly–Valentine’s on a budget is possible! Surprise your one and only with something better than fancy food: a home/apartment-cooked meal.
Make Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches, cook Ramen or, if you are feeling really adventurous, make pasta (you could even imitate that scene in “Lady and the Tramp” with the spaghetti and meatballs if you so desire — I won’t judge). If all else fails, take that special someone out for a picnic. Parks are ideal for romantic dates. Better yet, they are free.
There is even an option for those who refuse to cook. Papa Murphy’s is offering heart shaped pizzas Monday and Tuesday for only $7, and Papa John’s even has an option where you can get a Heart shaped pizza with a Cinnapie for $15 total. Talk about tasty and tactful!
Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about all you single ladies and gents out there suffering this Valentine’s Day. Need to eat your feelings? Don’t just rely on boring ice cream. Krispy Kreme serves warm, heart shaped pastries that make all the hurt of love (or the lack thereof) go away. Trust me, there is something about a warm doughnut that chases all the pain away.
Food for Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to be expensive; stuff your face with pizza, feast on doughnuts, and enjoy being around those you love, even if it’s just friends. On a diet? Consider Valentine’s Day a cheat day and “treat yo’ self!”
Cassidy Jasperson for SUU NEWS