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Liz O'Neill

Liz O'Neill

Posted: February 11, 2011 10:23 AM

Every Valentine's Day, Americans flock to florist shops and fight to reserve the last of the long-stemmed roses in rich hues of pink and red -- with rich price tags to match. Depending on where you live, when you place your order and which variety you select, Valentine's roses can cost anywhere from $75 to $150. They're usually dead in a week, and forgotten before the month is through.

Even more dis-heart-ening: 23 percent of women who buy flowers on V-Day are buying for themselves! But college students know better than anyone how to stretch a dollar. For no cost at all, you and yours could spend a day together volunteering at any number of local organizations. And if you really want to impress your co-ed cupid, skip the stems and put your cash towards one of these similarly priced, charitable gifts.

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Charity: water is a non-profit organization that brings clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. According to the group, "unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation causes 80% of all disease in the world and kills 4,500 children every day. Clean and safe water is readily available in underground aquifers, freshwater springs or with the help of simple filters. It just needs to be properly collected and managed."
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