Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 12:09
What is one of college students’ biggest trials and tribulations of the week? Finishing papers, projects and assigned reading are among some of the more popular answers. However school work is not the only thing on the majority of a student’s mind throughout the week…
No, for most students one of their biggest concerns is what to do with their weekend. Should they check out the newest movie at a theater in town? Go out to dinner with friends? Spend all day Saturday shopping for new outfits?
Often times these decisions are made easily and with excitement.
But, many weekend activities cost a good chunk of change…change that not all college students might have. Not to worry though, there are many fun ways to spend your weekend that won’t bleed your wallet dry.
Here are a few ways to have fun on a college-friendly budget.
Host a game night.
Invite your best buddies over for a fun—and maybe even competitive—night of cards and board games. Use games that you have on hand and ask your guests to bring any that they might have as well. Game night is sure to bring out your inner-kid and save a few dollars at the same time.
Skip the theater.
Going to the movies can be very expensive; between your ticket and snacks it all adds up. So, as a more cost-effective option, watch a movie from your own couch (besides you can ditch the uncomfortable theater seats for a more cozy setting)! Rent a movie from one of the movie rental businesses in town, check out a DVD from the public library or even watch one of the movies you already own. Don’t forget to pop some popcorn and have nice cold pop on hand while you watch.
Try out one of the Pinterest crafts you have been dying to make. Many of the “pins” you will see on Pinterest are fairly inexpensive and can be a fun way to pass time on your Friday night. So crank up your favorite tunes and start creating your DIY masterpiece.
Dine-IN and dash.
Forget about the $20 meal at your friend group’s usual dinner spot. Instead coordinate a progressive dinner with your friends. Start with appetizers at one spot, then head to another friend’s place for dinner and finally end your delicious meal at yet another friend’s home. Set a budget as a group for all three courses, assign somebody to do the shopping and then split the costs. Chances are it will be less expensive and more of a unique adventure.
Hit up campus attractions.
I know, I know...you spend a lot of time on campus already. But, Campus Attractions has a ton of great free events they put on every weekend. Everything from movies at the MU Century Theater to speakers and musical groups, to dances and craft making, Campus Attractions is a great option for the money conscious student. For a full schedule of events check out http://www.ndsu.edu/campusattractions/.