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Easy Ideas for Cheap Dating

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In these times of economic crisis, people everywhere are looking for ways to cutback.  This week, Netflix reported their highest sales growth in years.  Could it be that those ridiculously high movie tickets are just too much of an expense these days?  Last week Husband and I spent $30 on a trip to the theatre.  Now while it’s not something we ultimately want to cut from our budget, signing up for a DVD rental program is a great way for us to save some cash.  It’s also a really great way to spend an evening.  Making a good dinner, putting comfy PJ’s on, and curling up on the couch to a good flick can be romantic and relaxing after a hectic work week. It’s also an excellent way to finally watch those movies you’ve wanted to see but never got around to. We’re renting some classics now like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Lawrence of Arabia (which will take up your entire evening).

There are tons of ways to create “cheap dates” besides succumbing to the all you can eat buffet or the Mickey D’s drive through.  For example, going to lunch instead of dinner is a great, cheap way to try a new restaurant. Or, how about taking advantage of the local scenery?  We headed to the big Shedd Aquarium here in Chicago last weekend and it was fun and inexpensive.  Museums, zoo’s, etc. in general are usually priced pretty low.  Plus, it’s a great way to spend time with each other, get out of the house, and experience cool things right in your own backyard.  A friend of mine just told me she and her husband toured the Anheuser Busch brewery in Jacksonville, FL for the first time even though they’ve lived there for at least 8 years.  It’s amazing how we sometimes overlook our local attractions.

Another great idea is to read your local weekly entertainment guide.  I am always amazed at all the FREE events planned over the weekends that I wouldn’t have known about if I didn’t read my local paper.  Even if you don’t live in a big city like Chicago, every community offers cheap or free events most weekends for everyone to enjoy. Last summer I was able to meet Bravo’s Top Chef’s and watch a cooking demo…for FREE!  Need I say more?

So be creative!  A great date doesn’t always have to be a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant. Explore your city, take someone out to your favorite dive restaurant, or just stay in and camp out on your couch with a scary movie and a big bowl of something sweet.

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