Romance on a budget

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Romance on a budgetWhether you’ve been together for years or only a short while, planning a romantic date can be a little stressful – especially if you have to do it on a budget. Fortunately, we’ve got a few easy, fun, budget ideas for a romantic night with you and your beloved.

Cooking cheap dinner together can be sexy

Meals are one thing many couples love to share together. After all, much can be learned about one another over dinner. Instead of heading out to dinner at an expensive restaurant for romance, consider staying in. Cooking together in the kitchen can be a great way to have fun with one another. It can be extremely romantic and sexy to prepare food with one another. Be sure to keep it simple (forgo the hour-long homemade pie recipe) and stick with something simple. Spaghetti, salad and breadsticks are always a hit! If the weather permits, you can always plan a romantic date at the park. Pack a picnic dinner in a basket, grab a blanket and pick up some cheap wine for a romantic and fuss-free time.

Inexpensive movie night at home leads to love and snuggles

Who says you must go out on the town to create romance? True romance often occurs when you stay inside with a great movie and a warm blanket. Movie night at your place can turn into a very romantic event, if properly planned. Grab a few romantic movies, light a few candles, turn down the lights and snuggle together on the sofa for a few hours. This can be a great chance for new couples to take advantage of being close to one another and a great chance for married couples to reconnect.

Planning little things that count

If your romantic date revolves around a holiday and you just don’t have a bundle to spend on a gift, think about putting together a sentimental basket present. Fill the basket with your sweetheart’s favourite items. Think about stocking it with their favorite snacks and candy and consider tossing in a mixed CD as well. Finish up the gift with a homemade batch of “love coupons”, good for things like a 15 minute massage, a “get out of dishes card” and other fun things you create yourself.

It really is the little, thoughtful things that can make the most impact. Fun and romance – without breaking the bank! And you’re guaranteed to earn brownie points for your thoughtfulness and creativity.
A total winner.

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  1. Sue1N

    Hubby and I love cooking together…that can be very romantic LOL. A stay-in night home can be really special watching a movie together and maybe giving him a massage..even if its just a shoulder massage ;-)

    5 years ago •

  1. NaturalDiva

    Great article, seriously useful in today’s tough economic times.

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Love this. My boy and I are saving for a holiday together so we’ve decided to dine out much less and not go to the mall at all in order to avoid the temptation. As a result, we’ve been cooking together, taking long walks to the shop to buy simple groceries and getting movies from friends so we can spend our nights in. Not only is it great for our savings, but we spend more quality time together.

    5 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    It takes a bit if planning to get in some romantic time after you have kids. So these ideas are great.

    5 years ago •

  1. Glamorous Glitter

    Very cute idea! Hint: Valentines Day

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Love planning things with my husband, just being on the same page feels great

    6 years ago •

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