Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Romance on a Budget: How to Woo For Less

Spring may be far away, but love is still in the air. It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and that means it’s time to start planning something special for that special someone in your life. How can you show someone you care without breaking the bank? Here are five low-cost romantic date ideas you can use to show your sweetheart (and your wallet) a great time!

1) A Home-Cooked Meal 
Food is love. It’s one of the most traditional ways to show you care. Paying restaurant prices for it, though, can add up fast. A typical meal out costs an average of $13 per person, excluding tip and drinks. Worse yet, getting a table at a popular spot may be a non-starter!

Instead, try making a meal yourself. For added fun, try cooking together! The meal will taste better with the knowledge that you made it yourself, and you’ll save the time and expense of going out to a restaurant.

2) Ice Skating 
Put that cold weather to good use and try ice skating! It’s a chance to be close together, hold hands, and it comes with a wonderful cup of cocoa at the end! Best of all, costs are low, so it’s a bargain-priced way to build memories. You’ll form lasting memories from the bumps and scrapes of falling down, and picking each other back up again will bring you closer than ever.

3) Picnic a Meal 
Somewhere between dinner at a restaurant and home cooking lies a pre-packed meal you can take with you to a special spot. Scope out a nice place with a view and pack up light fare: sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit. Pack up your blanket and your basket and grab your sweetheart. With proper planning and an adventurous spirit, a snow picnic can be easily executed and every bit of fun, if not more, than a summer picnic!

4) Discount Theater 
Movies have always been a traditional date night trope, but a new release at the theater can cost a pretty penny! If you look, you can almost always find a nearby theater playing slightly older movies for dirt cheap prices. You can get the whole theater experience, down to the shared bucket of popcorn, and see a good movie you’ve both been waiting to see!

5) Learn Something New 
Find a new skill or activity you want to find out about and take a class together. Many local community colleges offer cooking, dancing and other romantic activities, but learning to play a sport or a fitness class could be a great fit, too. Whatever you choose, be sure it’s something just outside both of your comfort zones! Nothing builds relationships like shared experiences.

Your Turn: What’s your go-to for dates on a budget? Share your best ideas with us in the comments below!

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