Personal opinion: Galentine’s Day is way better than Valentine’s Day, and I’m not saying that because I’m single.
If you don’t know what Galentine’s Day is, I got you. Galentine’s Day is a day for celebrating and showing more love to your female friends than you usually would, which is why I think it is a thousand times better than Valentine’s Day.
For even more of a history lesson, Galentine’s Day was created by Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation (or as some would say, Parks and Rec) in 2010. Yes, it is technically a fake holiday, but many people celebrate it like it’s a real one. Hopefully, it’ll make it on an actual calendar one day.
I am one of those people who celebrate Galentine’s Day. In fact, sometimes I need to take a whole week to show my few close female friends how much they mean to me.
If you’re in college like me and want to celebrate this amazing day but you’re balling on a budget, this is for you. Or if you simply ball on a budget and want to show your lady friends how much you love and celebrate them, this is for you too.
GO TO THE MOVIES
This is a basic idea most people tend to do, but going to the movies is always a fun time, especially when you’re with your friends. The best kinds of movies to see on Galentine’s Day are light-hearted and/or romantic comedies, such as What Men Want or Isn’t It Romantic? Both of these films are coming out in time to watch with the girls. The AMC does $5 movies every Tuesday, so you could save money and celebrate early.
COST: Between $6-20 (depends on when you go and if you get snacks)
HAVE A GIRLS NIGHT AT HOME
This is my way of saying to stay at home and watch a movie. You could do face masks and eat tons of popcorn and snacks while you have a movie marathon. There’s nothing wrong with chilling in a dorm room or bedroom and having a girls night. To make this cost efficient, you could easily watch movies you already own and raid your pantry (or secret snack drawer) for some snacks.
COST: Could be free, depending on if you decide to buy snacks, movies, and/or face masks
SEND A CARD OR BOX OF GOODIES
This is for if your friend is long distance, like one of my close friends is a four-hour drive. In this situation, you could send a card or box of goodies. Depending on how my bank account looks, I’ll send a box of goodies. I love gathering little knick-knacks and sending them to my friend. It really makes my day when I make her day. If my bank account isn’t looking too spectacular, I at least send a card. You could also send a card with a gift card inside if your bank account looks good but you don’t want to send a box.
COST: $1-40 (depending on if you choose a card or a box and what you put in that card or box)
This is another option if your best gal pal is forever away. Surprising her with a phone call is always needed, and a video chat is even better. It’s free and fills you with the kind of joy only a friend can provide.
COST: Free (if you don’t count your phone bill)
GET MASSAGES TOGETHER
There’s nothing better than unwinding after a long day (or week or month or year or life), and getting a massage with the girls is a step in the stressless direction. This is the most costly out of all the options, depending on where you go and if you have a coupon. I recommend looking at local places and using Groupon to find deals on massages. There is a place close to my college campus that gives 50-minute full body massage sessions to college students for $25. It’s a matter of if and where you look for deals; if you’re in college, use your student ID to your advantage.
COST: Depends on where you go and if you use coupons
GO ON A SMALL HIKE
If you’re all the active, nature type, this is the way to go. Again, it’s another way to get away from it all without having to pay anything. The only determining factor is if the weather permits. There’s not much to say about this except it can be really fun. Hiking can be more than a workout; it’s all about what you make of it.
Those are all the inexpensive, fun ways I thought of for celebrating Galentine’s Day while balling on a budget. If you have any more ways, I would love to know what they are. I tried to pick options that weren’t shopping because most college students (actually, most people) are balling on a budget and trying to save money; shopping doesn’t help with that.
I hope you have a safe, fun, memorable Galentine’s Day!