While more people are looking for love during times of financial hardship, Phillyburbs.com said there are a lot of ways to create a romantic chemistry between two people without having to break the bank. These suggestions could save you a lot of money and would even save from the embarrassment of dating jitters.
Date using gift cards – Purchase gift cards and coupons from discount websites like CardAvenue.com, Groupon.com, and LivingSocial.com. Procedures differ from site to site, but they offer great discounts to restaurants and other entertainment activities ranging from 5 to 50 percent. If you do not want to be embarrassed at being cheap, you can redeem the coupon while your date is in the restroom.
Look for cost-free outdoor activities – Dining out can be too awkward, expensive even. You do not even have to shell a lot of money to make an awesome date. Look for activities that do not cost a cent like biking, as well as visiting national parks and farmers’ markets.
Plan a date night at the park – If you really prefer to eat out, consider creating a picnic in a local park. Cook your own gourmet food or order take out, even plugging portable speakers on your iPod to create an ambient mood. End the date with a few chocolate-covered strawberries that the two of you could share.
Go for cultural activities – Culture junkies can get their fill in visiting libraries, museums, art galleries, and coffee shops that have poetry readings and acoustic performances.
Watch movies almost for free – Plan a romantic movie night right in your own home. Borrow a DVD from the local library or purchase a movie from Netflix or Redbox for just a fraction of the movie ticket cost. Watching it with just your date, and without the inconveniences of noisy moviegoers, can be so much fun.