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Use the 5 Love Languages to Date in College on the Cheap

Use the 5 Love Languages to Date in College on the Cheap

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You don’t have to drop $100 on dinner to woo your college crush. Some women prefer quality time with their beau over pricey gifts. In Gary Chapman’s book “The Five Languages of Love,” he explains how to foster a healthy relationship by recognizing what exactly makes your significant other swoon. While one person might appreciate a love letter, another might prefer a night alone together cuddling under the stars.

If you can tap into your partner’s love language — words of affirmation, quality time, acts of service, physical touch and receiving gifts — you can better plan a date that takes not only her needs into account but your budget as well. Here are some tips to dating in college without breaking the bank based on the five love languages.

Words

Words of affirmation is sometimes the hardest love language of all. You may not have reached the “I love you” phase, but everyday compliments can be just as powerful. The most financially sound gesture of all, verbal terms of endearment provide a feeling of warmth to the recipient.

Date ideas:

  • Create a mixed playlist with specially chosen songs for her. Pack a picnic, go to the park and listen to the “mixed tape” together.
  • Plan a scavenger hunt with little sticky notes about what you like about your date at each location.

Time

Make your date feel like the only man in the world by giving him uninterrupted quality time. Put your phone away and offer your undivided attention. If this is your beau’s love language, he prefers experiences over tangibles.

Date ideas:

  • Take in one of your college team’s sporting events together and give it your full attention. Cheer, eat a hot dog and laugh together. No texting!
  • Have a board game night.
  • Take a road trip together (this might be the ideal time to pop in that playlist you created).

Service

While the phrase “acts of service” may seem a little archaic, it really is just about being kind. What can you do to make her life easier?

Date ideas:

  • Cook her dinner. This includes going to the grocery store, setting the table and cleaning the dishes afterward.
  • Wash her car together. It may not initially seem like a fun date idea, but water, sponges, soap and your little lady could turn into the best water fight you’ve ever had.

Touch

Even if you’re not a touchy-feely kind of person, if your mate’s love language is physical touch then you have to find a way to show them affection. Whether you snuggle during a movie or take her hand while strolling through a farmer’s market, physical touch is free and can make a world of difference.

Date Ideas:

  • Dance together. You can hit the club to get funky or dim the lights and pop in some Frank Sinatra at home for romance.
  • Trade massages. Enough said.
  • Tour your city’s downtown hand-in-hand.

Gifts

Even though you are trying to save money, it might be necessary to show your affection with gifts. They don’t have to be fancy, expensive gifts; it’s the gesture alone that counts. Be thoughtful in your efforts and give gifts that align with your partner’s interests.

Date ideas:

  • Go to the farmer’s market and buy her that organic honey she’s been raving about.
  • Gift her a date night like a cooking class or a paint and wine night.

No matter what you are doing together that night, begin her day with a special flower delivery to let her know you are excited and thinking of her. A reasonably priced floral arrangement catered to her flower preference is always a safe bet.

Save money when dating in college by using your partner’s love language for a guaranteed good time.

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Successful Strategies for NOT Moving Home After College!

Successful Strategies for NOT Moving Home After College!

uhaulCollege opens up the door to so many new experiences. It’s an opportunity to make new friends, experience a different environment and learn lessons beyond what the typical textbook can teach. For many students, it’s the first chance at independence and sweet freedom. That’s a taste that many don’t want to give up even after the four year experience is over. While the “boomerang” trend has nearly 45% of students moving back in with their parents after graduation, many other young adults opt to skip heading home and set their sights on a new city. Without the support of campus staff, however, it can be a tougher feat than one would expect. Here, we provide some tips and tricks for moving to a new city after college:

Visit the City First

It’s easy to feel that the grass is greener on the other side of town, but the truth is that the new city you’re eyeing may be quite different than what you’ve imagined. If possible, schedule some time to take a trip to the city you’re considering before pulling the trigger on the move. And don’t spend that time hitting up the tourist hot spots either, take some time to stroll the neighborhoods you might considering renting in to get a real feel for what life would be like. Even just a quick weekend can be an eye-opening experience that will help solidify or completely change your moving plans.

Keep safety in mind, also. Using sites like Crime Mapper can help you get a clearer picture of the crime rate in neighborhoods that you’re considering.

Set a Realistic Budget

Before you make any big move, you need to make sure that you’re financially secure. After all, what’s the fun in moving to a new city if you can’t go out and enjoy it due to limited funds? It’s important to take into account the monthly expenses that you’ll incur such as utilities, cable, and most notably, rent. Using a tool like For Rent can help you research the average rental rates and see what’s available in cities across the country. That way, you won’t experience sticker shock when you see the price of apartments for rent in cities like New York.

It’s also important to account for all of the costs that go into the move itself, including travel expenses, professional movers, storage facilities, and even rental application fees. Theses individual costs can add up quickly and have a big impact on your bottom line.

Set Up a Local Bank Account

If you’re moving from a small town to a big city, the local bank that you grew up with may not have any branches nearby. While this doesn’t present a problem when you’re swiping your debit card, ATM transaction fees (ranging anywhere from $2-$5 per transaction) can quickly put a dent in your bank account. Setting up an account with a bank that is convenient to your new location will not only help you avoid paying fees, but also give you peace of mind that you can get real, in-person assistance, when needed.

Job Hunt Before You Go

Moving can be stressful. And if you’re moving AND looking for a job at the same time it can be quite overwhelming. If possible, try to secure a job before making a move. Using sites like LinkedIn, Monster and Glassdoor can help you research local companies, network with people in the area, and easily apply for jobs online. If there are slim pickings in the industry of your choice, don’t rule out a part time job at a local café or corner store. It’s a great way to get to know others in your neighborhood and make sure you have an income source.

Don’t Be Homebody

In college, classes and campus events make it easy to make friends who share similar interests and a similar schedule. Once you’re graduated, however, it can be a bit harder to forge a friendship. Thankfully, you can use technology to your advantage. Sites like Meetup.com make it easy to find groups of people in your city who share your same passions and interests. In fact, in cities like San Diego, more than 100,000 meet-ups take place every week. Using sites like this can help you build relationships in your new city, before homesickness sets in.

Have Fun

Moving to a new city after college can seem like a daunting experience, and can certainly be stressful at times, but it’s important to have fun through it all and make the most of every day. Moving will open the door to many new experiences and you’ll create unforgettable memories in the process.

Have your own tips for moving to a new city after college? Share them in the comments below!

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