Who wants to be a millionaire? Dating on a budget

We all know about the doom and gloom of the economy, but why should it spoil our dating fun? In reality, we're all counting our pennies but this can lead to some creative – and very romantic – dating ideas. The key is creativity…try using your combined imaginations. Here'

Nature is free – most of us live close to some sanctuary of beauty, even we city-dwellers. If you're stuck for natural beauty spots in your area, check online, chances are there's somewhere that's slipped your mind, or so obvious you didn’t think of it.

There's nothing cozier than the stars at night, and keep on the look out for the ultimate sign of fate - a falling star. So don’t forget to look up! Is there anything cheaper – or more romantic – than star gazing? Bring a bottle of (cheap) wine.

Go shopping for free, Window shopping that is, and pretend you can afford it all. Use your imaginations and have some fun!

Continue to browse. Museums, art galleries and arts fairs can be free or cheap to check out. Cool independent bookstores can be a great way to get to know your date and spark conversation between the pages.

Take a lazy stroll to the flea market. Walking through places like this is not only a great way to spend time (and spot a bargain in the process) but you'll be able to chat about the stuff you see.

After a tiring day out and about, rent a movie and make a night of it. Choose the film together, get some popcorn and some Coke, put your feet up – and snuggle up. Scary movies are bound to get you to snuggle up even more! Trust us.

Or if shopping isn't your thing, try wine or beer tasting – they're usually inexpensive and are often located where there is romantic scenery. After your both nicely relaxed, return home and give each other a massage. Of course, this depends at what point you're at in your relationship!

Another angle is to stay close to home - arrange your bathroom with scented candles, a bottle of bubbly, and calm, sexy music. Place rose petals on your bed (which is covered with your best sheets) and see what happens! Again, this will all depend on where you are in your relationship…

Step things up! Check out your city guide online and see what's free and fun this week. Go check out some history – many historic landmarks are free or inexpensive to visit. And bring your camera - don't forget to pack a picnic. Picnics are a fine tradition and what better way to spend time alone with your date, and while a picnic is cheap, there's nothing that feels remotely "cheap" about them.

The free hookup Sites Directory Review has this idea that we love: "A simple way to make things cost effective and to date more impulsively is to put both of (your) ideas…onto an individual sheet of paper and place them in a bowl. When your date opens up the door, ask he or she to reach inside and select a piece of paper. Kind of like a lucky dip. And the rules are this: You both must go on the selected date which has just become your random and spontaneous inexpensive date."

Dating on a budget? You're only limited by your imagination…

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