7 Ways To Be A Thrifty Romantic

Romantic coupleMoney can’t buy you love, but a little extra effort and creativity can. Woo your significant other while staying with your means with our seven romantic ways to save on dates without looking cheap:

Back to Nature

Why settle for a movie when you can give your date the world? This country is full of breathtaking natural beauty. Take it all in with a scenic drive through the mountains, the countryside or whatever your hometown has to offer.

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Back to Nature

Why settle for a movie when you can give your date the world? This country is full of breathtaking natural beauty. Take it all in with a scenic drive through the mountains, the countryside or whatever your hometown has to offer.

Take a scenic drive through the mountains, the countryside or whatever your hometown has to offer.

Back to Nature

Something New

Always wanted to learn a new craft? Sharing a new experience together—and making something tangible you can admire later—makes dates more memorable than dropping big money at a restaurant. Bonus: the Internet is full of free tutorials for a variety of crafts.

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Something New

Making something tangible you can admire later makes dates more memorable than dropping big money at a restaurant. Bonus: the Internet is full of free tutorials for a variety of crafts.

Making something tangible makes for more memorable dates. Bonus: the Internet is full of free tutorials for a variety of crafts.

Something New

Chill Out

Take advantage of wintery weather with some outdoor fun. Go hiking or sledding, then snuggle up with some hot chocolate.

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Chill Out

Take advantage of wintery weather with some outdoor fun. Go hiking or sledding, then snuggle up with some hot chocolate.

Go hiking or sledding, then snuggle up with some hot chocolate.

Chill Out

Take a Tour

Pretend you're tourists in your own town. Visit museums, take snapshots of yourselves in front of historic or scenic sites, and grab lunch at a local diner or food truck.

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Take a Tour

Pretend you're tourists in your own town. Visit museums, take snapshots of yourselves in front of historic or scenic sites, and grab lunch at a local diner or food truck.

Pretend you're tourists in your own town. Visit museums or historic sites, and grab lunch at a local diner or food truck.

Take a Tour

Shop Kitschy

Explore a local flea market or look for yard sales in your town. Enjoy the thrill of the hunt for the best bargains, the strangest items for sale, or the rarest treasures you can find.

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Shop Kitschy

Explore a local flea market or look for yard sales in your town. Enjoy the thrill of the hunt for the best bargains, the strangest items for sale, or the rarest treasures.

Explore local flea markets or yard sales. Hunt together for the best bargains, the strangest items for sale, or the rarest treasures.

Shop Kitschy

Night Life

Scan the local newspaper's event listings for free comedy or music open mike nights. If you're lucky, you can tell your grandchildren that you saw the next Louis C.K. or Chris Rock at your neighborhood coffee shop (and if the performers are a little less polished, you'll still have something to talk about after your date.)

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Night Life

Scan the local newspaper's event listings for free comedy or music open mike nights. If you're lucky, you can tell your grandchildren that you saw the next Louis C.K. or Chris Rock at your neighborhood coffee shop.

Scan the local newspaper's event listings for free comedy or music open mike nights.

Night Life

Class Acts

Many kitchen supply stores, such as Williams-Sonoma, offer free cooking classes. Enjoy samples of featured dishes and get printed recipes so you can hone your new skills by serving up a candlelit dinner for two at home.

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Class Acts

Many kitchen supply stores, such as Williams-Sonoma, offer free cooking classes. Enjoy samples of featured dishes and get printed recipes so you can hone your new skills by serving up a candlelit dinner for two at home.

Many kitchen supply stores, such as Williams-Sonoma, offer free cooking classes.

Class Acts


Are you a thrifty romantic? What’s your idea of a fun date that won’t break the bank? Tell us in the comments below.

Looking for more date-night options? Find out why drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.

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