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Ah, romance. Nothing gets the heart fluttering like candlelight, flowers and the sound of sweet nothings. We love it so much, we have a day dedicated to celebrating all the love in our lives – wonderful Valentine’s.

Valentine’s Day is a day for celebrations, friendships, games, candied hearts, and fun.  It’s also a great time of year for students to be involved in creative writing projects.  From poetry to persuasive writing, students enjoy being a part of the holiday. It’s no secret that college students don’t have the biggest budget.  With busy schedules and loads of homework, it’s not always easy to keep your wallet full, which means holiday shopping can be a bit of a hassle.  The good news is, there are ways to get your loved ones presents without breaking the bank! We have a few tips to share with you on ways you can be financially savvy, yet still get some great presents.

Be Innovative. I mostly think the best gifts are not the ones that are expensive or more shiny- they are those ones that are thoughtful.  Are you a fine artist?  If so, make a sketch or a draw sometime! Do you love making collages or photo albums? Making a CD as a gift is also a great idea.  Your family member or friend will be sure to love a meaningful gift like this.  Does your sister have a favorite place she likes to go to? Does your mom really want to see a certain movie or local show?  You could also go places that do not require a large budget; this type of gift can be even better than a tangible present!  Use what you already know as inspiration for ideas!

Create a List.   When I plans out what I need to get ahead of time, it’s easier to stick to the plan and not overspend.  Also, it’s a great idea to start ahead of time.  Waiting until the week before the holidays to start buying your family and friends their presents is sure to create unnecessary stress.  If you start months in advance and slowly buy things throughout the year, you won’t be left with a huge list by the time the holidays roll around!

Look out for those shopping season deals!!.  This may sound funny, but this part relates to me more during shopping season. The email is a great way to stay informed about sales and deals, half of the discounts and deals I receive are from my email. It’s also a good idea to create a separate email for coupons and sales informations so that way your regular inbox doesn’t get flooded with too many messages.  Additionally, there are apps/websites  out there that will give you coupons, I’ll recommend – RetailMeNot! I use it most of the time. This particular app offers discounts for thousands of stores!

If you follow these tips, your holiday shopping will be a piece of cake this year! These tips will allow you to save money and time. Your wallet will thank you!

And also, On the Essex Campus, from 2:30-4:30 pm @ E. ROMA 123, The International Student Association will host a Valentine Day Party event and I  would like to invite you all for speed dating and to hear opinions about love and interracial dating. Light refreshments will be available!!!  Now, the question is, Will I be at this event?

Well,

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So, I Look forward to seeing you all at the event!!.

Also today, The Student life office on the Catonsville Campus will host a Valentine’s Day Event from 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm. I’ve actually never been to this event in the past but I know the event will definitely be fun and exciting. Stop by with loved ones and enjoy the day.