Don’t succumb to the old dinner-and-a-movie routine. Mix things up this weekend by doing something unexpected. Studies show that couples who regularly try new activities build stronger relationships. If you’ve been staying in night after night to save money, it’s time to change your thinking. Bonding with your significant other doesn’t have to be pricey. These ideas will be sure to add some excitement to your Saturday night without putting strain on your wallet.
A Night at the Museum
Show off your cultured side by taking your honey to the museum. Most museums offer free admission a few nights per month. Not only will you save money, but you will get to know each other a little better by discussing art or history. If you live in a major city, check out freemuseumday.org for a list of locations and free days. Otherwise, search museums in your city and look for free or discounted admission on their websites.
What could be more romantic than sharing a bottle of wine and gazing up at the stars? You can put together an elegant picnic for under $25. Pick up a bottle of wine and two of your favorite cheeses – you can’t go wrong with Manchego and Brie. Then pack a blanket and head for a nearby park or beach to watch the sunset. If you think you’ll need some entertainment, print out some free madlibs (try madglibs.com) or download the madlibs app and you’ll be cracking up together in no time.
Travel back in time to when you (or maybe your parents) were in high school and take your sweetheart mini-golfing. No athletic ability is necessary so you never know who’ll win, and a bit of healthy competition will boost your excitement levels. Mini-golf tickets are usually under $15 per round (18 holes) for 2 people. If mini-golf doesn’t appeal to you, try another competitive activity like bowling or pool. You may even uncover some hidden talents.
Ladies, does your man go on and on about his latest video game? If you roll your eyes every time he reaches for the controller, give him a real surprise: plan a girl-friendly video game night. Not every game is as hard-core as Call of Duty. You may like Journey for PS3, which you can pick up for under $20. And you can never go wrong with a classic Mario game for the Wii. If you keep an open mind, I guarantee you’ll get into it. Your sweetie will be stoked to share a favorite pastime with you.
A trip to Spain may not be in your budget, but you can get the next best thing – the food. Find some easy recipes for sangria and paella and whip up a fantastic meal together. If your partner isn’t too great in the kitchen, have him or her take charge of the drinks. Set the mood by playing Spanish music and munching on cheese and wine while you cook. You’ll be tango-ing around the living room in no time!
Romantic Scavenger Hunt
Want to heat things up? Set up a romantic scavenger hunt for your cutie pie. There are several fun, free scavenger hunt ideas online, but you can get really creative and make your own. You have two great options: go on a quest about town or just lead your partner right into the bedroom. If option #2 is your choice, be sure to leave sexy, hidden clues with lingerie or whipped cream to get the imagination rolling. The rest of the evening is up to you.
Netflix Movie Night (With a Twist)
Don’t fall asleep on the couch mid-flick; spice up your movie night with a drinking game! Try this list from Taste of Cinema. Don’t drink? Get up and perform a funny (or sultry) dance instead when the drinking cue comes up. Your favorite classic movies will surely be a lot more fun. Super challenge: drink and dance at each cue. The last man (or woman) standing, wins. Good luck!
Discounted Dinner Date
If you have your heart set on a low-fuss dinner date, be sure to try something new. Browse discounts through LivingSocial, Groupon, or another similar deal site. Make a vow (seriously) to choose cuisine that you don’t typically eat – maybe Indian or Thai. If you’re up for an adventure, pick a location on the other side of town and explore a new part of your city.