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Frugal Romantic Date Ideas. Part 1

Aug-9-2017 By Frugal 101

Even though Valentine’s Day has already passed, it is not a bad idea to get romantic with your partner and go on a date. Remember that being romantic doesn’t have anything to do with spending lots of money. There are plenty of affordable or free romantic date ideas for loving couples.

Yes, having money makes certain things easier. But trust me, going out to eat every evening, and even going on cruises for every vacation gets dull, so even extremely wealthy people often have trouble coming up with romantic ideas for their dates..

Here are some suggestions on what to do if you are full of love, but short on cash:

1.    Believe it or not, the most romantic thing is to go out on a walk together. When I lived in Eastern Europe a “date” often meant a “walk” together. We did go out to movies, or for dinners as well, but the dates have never been limited to just eating or watching a movie. Long walks before and after meals were always the best part of the date. Why? Because when you are just walking (or even sitting on a bench) there are no distractions. Instead of paying attention to your steak, you are paying attention to your partner, holding his or her hand, listening to what he or she has to say. This seems like a very simple thing to do, but from my observation Americans rarely do this. A “date” is almost synonymous with having food or a drink together.

2.    Now, going out to movies is not a bad thing. It is pretty inexpensive and as far as you have some quality time before and after movies, it is a great romantic date idea.  Spice it up a little and surprise your partner with buying movie tickets for something that he/she (not necessarily you) love. If he loves Spiderman and you think it is silly (especially if you said it out loud), get tickets for Spiderman for two of you and try to enjoy the movie. If you can’t (I tried, I can’t), enjoy snuggling to your partner, holding his/her hand and be happy that he is having fun. Isn’t it what love is anyway? ;-)

3.    Take a class together. It can be a walk-in glass blowing class or a few months long salsa dancing. Find something that you both like; or if you can’t, find something that both of you have never done before. Classes don’t have to be expensive. Community colleges offer plenty of non-credit courses for the public at very reasonable prices all year long. Check art centers in your area. People usually just assume that there is nothing to do in their area, but unless they live in a desert, it is usually not true. Those who look hard enough, always find something.
To be continued…

Frugal Romantic Date Ideas Part 2

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