Valentine's Day is right around the corner and that means one thing: planning the perfect date. For many people, however, this also means maneuvering around a tight budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of unique and wallet-friendly ways to have a memorable evening with your significant other.
Take a Cooking Class
Instead of spending money on an overpriced, overhyped, and overcrowded restaurant, why not sign up for cooking lessons? Check online or in your local newspaper for opportunities. Not only is this a great way to spend time with your significant other, but it's also a good way to brush up on your culinary skills. If you're feeling especially brave, try to apply what you've learned in your own home and cook up something special on February 14th. Find a simple recipe online and cook dinner for your significant other.
Attend a Local Sports Game
Sometimes, the strangest attractions are in your own backyard. If you're planning on a weekend getaway, why not spice it up with something a bit unusual? Instead of visiting the usual tourist attractions, make it a priority to not only check out places you've never seen, but places with an offbeat appeal. You could stumble upon something intriguing you never would have known about otherwise -- and at the very least, you might find something new to laugh about with your lover. Visit roadsideamerica.com or yourhometown.org to see what your city has to offer.
Tour Your Local Winery or Brewery
Local Shows and Concerts
All right, so you weren't able to get tickets to see your favorite band. Why not support a local artist instead? Check out Myspace or the Arts and Entertainment section of your newspaper for free or relatively inexpensive local concerts and show listings.
Board Game Night
Explore the Great Outdoors
If you're feeling especially adventurous, try rock climbing lessons. If you're fortunate enough to live in an area that's immune to the winter chill, hit up the local bike trails or go for a scenic hike.
Visit a Museum
You may already have monthly museum tickets, or if you're a high school or college student, you likely have access to discounts or free museum passes. A museum date is a great V-day date idea for those in a more casual or new relationship. Plus, checking out an interesting new exhibit may give you and your crush some intellectual topics to discuss beyond the typical small talk. Check the museum's website or your student affairs office for details.
Unleash your creative side and plan a scavenger hunt around the city for your significant other, creating clues for every stop along the way. Make the final stop at a special place, that is meaningful to your relationship, such as your favorite restaurant or the site where you first kissed. Don't forget to bring the camera!
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