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Budget-Friendly Romantic Evenings

Budget-Friendly Romantic Evenings
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BY MYRA FAYE TURNER

You don’t have to go broke planning a budget-friendly romantic evening. Spending quality time with your significant other can be romantic in and of itself. If you’re looking for activities that won’t put a huge dent in your wallet, here’s a dozen ideas to get your started.

  1. Cook a Meal Together  Getting dressed up and going out for a romantic evening is nice but let’s face it, during holidays like Valentine’s Day restaurants will hike up the prices. You’ll probably need to make a reservation well in advance if you want a seat at your favorite spot or at a popular destination. And really, how romantic is it sitting in a restaurant with hundreds of other people? Cooking a meal together can be sexy and you don’t have to get all snazzed up, fight traffic, etc. Just remember to follow the K.I.S.S. Rule: Keep It Simple Sweetie (yeah, I refuse to call people stupid). The last thing you want to do is cook an eight course meal and end up too tired to really enjoy it. Looking for a few recipe ideas. Check out these romantic recipes from Chef Jamie Oliver, Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Food Network.
  2. Take a Romantic Walk  A romantic stroll with your honey is good for your heart— both physically and emotionally. I’m sure in your town you can find places to take a walk such as a local park, a particular part of town or along the beach or lakefront. If you don’t want to stray far from home, you can take a walk around your own neighborhood, especially after cooking that romantic meal together.   
  3. Play Board Games  If you’re not super competitive, playing board games is an inexpensive and romantic activity. So dust off your Scrabble board and that ancient Operation game, grab some wine, get comfy and let the games begin.
  4. Mutual Massages  Who doesn’t like a good massage? For a budget-friendly romantic activity, try mutual massages. All you need is a little scented oil, some candles, your favorite mood music, an adult beverage and you’re on your way. If you’re looking for some instructional techniques, try these resources: Easy Romantic Massage Techniques for Beginners: The Healing Powers of Massage 10 Tips on How to Give a Romantic Massage How to Give a Romantic Massage
  5. Stay Home and Watch Movies  I enjoy going out to the movies as much as the next guy, but I also enjoy staying in and watching movies from the comfort of my own house. It’s not only cost-effective (Have you seen the price of movie snacks lately?) but is more relaxing. And you can lounge around in your pajamas. With streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, you can always find something good to watch. Many local libraries are also a source for free video rentals. 
  6. Engage in Outdoor Activities  Miniature golf, a canoe ride, carriage rides, a bicycle built for two — these are just some of the budget-friendly, romantic outdoor activities you and your darling will enjoy. Look around your town to see what types of outdoor activities are available. The suggestions I offer are great but don’t be afraid to think outside the box. If you’re physically fit, take a hike (literally), rock climb, etc.
  7. Take in a Drive-in Movie  If you’re old enough to remember drive-in movies, you know how romantic they can be. Unfortunately, most drive-ins have gone the way of the 8-track tape but some still exist. Driveinmovie.com has a database of drive-in theaters, searchable by state. If you don’t mind a little road trip, you may be able to find one close to your home.
  8. Visit an Amusement Park  I admit it. I’m one of those scary chicks who never gets on any rides (except the kiddie ones) at the amusement park. I don’t like going too fast or too high but I love the experience of strolling around. If you live near one, an outing to an amusement park, strolling hand-in-hand with your darling, can be fun and romantic. And you won’t have to take out a loan in order to have a good time.   
  9. Take a Scenic DriveSometimes it’s great fun to just jump in the car and head out without a particular destination in mind. Snuggling up next to your beloved on a scenic drive is a great way to heat things up. If you don’t feel like driving, why not take a quick train trip? You can find a location nearby and simply ride to your destination and then back home again. Or you can get a hotel room, do a little sightseeing and spend the night. Or take a bus ride, which is generally cheaper than the train.
  10. Picnic  Picnics are both romantic and relatively inexpensive. What’s great about a picnic is you can change the location if necessary. Suppose you were planning to picnic in the park but the weather turned nasty? No worries, you can always picnic at home—and you won’t even have to worry about those pesky ants. 
  11. Look for Free Events  Another option is to check the community calendars in your area to see what free events are scheduled. You may be able to find concerts, visit a museum, etc. Again, sometimes just hanging out with your sweetheart can be very romantic. It’s more about being together than how much money you are spending 
  12. Camp Out in Your Own Backyard  I love the idea of camping but abhor the idea of getting eaten by a wild bear, or having my toes nibbled on by a raccoon. But there’s something sexy about sleeping in a tent next to your love. The alternative? Camp out in your own back yard, or if the weather is uncooperative or you live in an apartment, you can always create a makeshift tent inside. As you can see, many of these activities can be combined to create a truly awesome, romantic yet budget-friendly experience. Try one or try them all.  

 

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