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Do you cringe at the thought of having to look at your bank statement? Are you looking for something to do this February 14?
Perhaps, you are single and looking to “treat yo self?” Maybe get your closest friends together to celebrate Galentine’s Day? Or perhaps, you are Jennifer Garner in Valentine’s Day, ready to beat a piñata to no other?
Or maybe you are happy in a relationship, searching for a way to sweep your sweetie off their feet (all while maintaining financial stability)?
Love or hate the holiday, here are 7 ways to take advantage of deals around Boston this Valentine’s Weekend:
1. Get Out, Get Active
New Balance wants to keep winter storms from ruining your fitness routine. According to Boston Magazine, “The company has pledged to provide enough funding to clear the 17-mile path system, stretching from the Museum of Science to the Galen Street Bridge in Watertown, within 24 hours of each snowstorm.” So, don’t let the snow stop you. Layer-up and get going!
Not into running? Start your Sunday morning right with some Reggae Yoga Flow at POP Allston. It’s a donation class, so students can pay what they can. Free mats are even available. Take a break. Find some zen. Don’t let money prevent you from taking care of your mind and body. It’s Valentine’s Day, so don’t forget to show yourself some love.
2. Food: The Real Love Story
Do you hate Valentine’s Day? Or do you at least want to pretend you do? Stop by South Street Diner this Friday for an Anti-Valentine’s Day Celebration.
Editor’s Note: This deal was yesterday, we’re sorry for the late posting, but keep it in mind for next year!
Looking for somewhere to take a date? Why not wander over towards Haymarket? Stop in at the Boston Public Market and try samples from various vendors. Head down the street to Faneuil Hall for plenty of shopping and food.
Wherever you go, don’t assume that expensive dining will equal better food. Look for those hole-in-the-wall places. Don’t know where to find them? Check out the Phantom Gourmet for the best food finds.
3. Laugh, because Valentine’s Day is just another day.
Whether you are stressing about being single or freaking out over how to impress your true love, breathe. Valentine’s is just another day. So, why not spend it laughing?
Go to the Improv Asylum over in the North End. Tickets are $15. They have the Show Against Humanity at midnight on Fridays, Raunch at midnight on Saturdays, the Sunday Night Show at 8 p.m on Sundays, along with their Main Stage Show throughout the week.
In addition, Laugh Boston is hosting a Valentine’s Edition of The Show Against Humanity at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $20.
Are you 21+? Why not check out the Liquid Courage Comedy Club at Somerville Brewing this Valentine’s Day? Singles get in free, while couples pay $5 a person.
4. Love Sucks Oddity Market
Looking for something to get someone you love or even something for someone you hate? Stop by Eridanos in Cambridge from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday for the Love Sucks Oddity Market.
5. Brace the Cold, Go Skating
It’s supposed to reach record low temperatures this weekend but if you happen to be feeling adventurous, skating is a great option. It’s always free at Harvard, Kelly Outdoor Skating Rink, and Steriti Memorial Skating Rink.
Otherwise, admission at the Boston Frog Pond is typically $6 with rentals for $12 if you don’t own skates.
From February 15 to 19, however, skating and rentals will be free! So, bundle up and take advantage!
6. Snowball Fight! Colleges of Boston
There is supposedly a massive snowball fight planned for February 20. Colleges students from all over Boston are encouraged to meet at the Boston Common for “an EPIC snowball fight!” Little details have been provided yet, but there is a Facebook Page promising more details to come. Take a break from the school stress and release your energy into something fun.
7. Stay In (No, really. It’s okay!)
Aren’t the best dates the ones you don’t plan, after all?
Put Netflix on. Cook a homemade meal. Better yet, why not navigate your own adventure? Grab your camera and have a Valentine’s Day photo shoot around the city.
Whether you are with your friends or your significant other, you are bound to have a great time. No overdraft fees later.
Heather Alterisio ’17 is a Staff Writer for the Hub. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @HeathAlt.