This article, entitled 39 Inexpensive But Romantic Dates You Won’t Forget, comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site MoneyTalksNews.com.
Dating isn’t just for singles. Everyone needs a little romance. Busy couples – parents, especially – need date nights to keep relationships fresh amid the demands of everyday life.
Money stress can take the fun out of dating. Creativity is the key to pulling off a cheap date. Instead of money, use imagination, energy and planning. Here are 39 ideas:
Clean the house – or just one romantic corner – and set the stage for romance. Good grooming is sexy. Greet your date freshly showered. Dress up just enough to show you care.
Going out adds excitement and tells your date you aren’t a total homebody.
Americans told pollsters this year they plan to spend about $13.55 per restaurant meal — 9 percent less than last year. Favorite cheap tactics included coupons, promotions and discounts, instead of ordering fewer side dishes, eating at cheaper restaurants or selecting cheaper menu items.
Plan ahead for outdoors adventures. Bring water, a map, a phone, a small first aid kit, and snacks or lunch. Think about protection from sun, cold and bugs.
A friend told me about her date with a guy who invited her on a picnic and gave her a menu of options, asking her to select her favorites. The list included breads, deli items, condiments, cookies and desserts, wines and chocolate. He selected a park, spread a cloth on a picnic table, poured the wine and unpacked the basket. It was a cheap date for him and an unforgettable experience for her.
If you’re a cook, try one of Food & Wine’s top 10 picnic recipes. But you don’t have to go to a lot of work to make an impression. Pack takeout food, sandwiches or just a nice presentation of whatever is in the fridge. Put it in a cooler, a basket or a box.
Take a picnic to the zoo or bring candles and jackets for an evening picnic at the beach or on your building’s rooftop. Plan ahead: Will you need bug spray, blankets, sun protection, hats or music?
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