Nothing in life is free and with that being a known fact, you have to be financial savvy in every aspect of your life. In the beginning of a relationship, it usually cost the men more as the date usually stands on their pockets but as the relationship blooms, the bill tends to split.
Below are 10 GREAT ideas to date on a budget:
#1: Go for a walk. A walk is invigorating and a great way to know someone and also bond. You and your date will be dating and exercising at the same time.
#2: A day at the Beach.
#3: “Chill night” with Netflix. Nothing is more romantic and cost-effective than to spend a night
cuddled watching a great movie. It might not be the same as going to the cinema but it is even more romantic and it entails you and your date which creates a more intimate vibe.
#4: Indoor picnic. Creating an atmosphere to host a romantic picnic is one of the most romantic act.
Below are the guidelines on how to actually do this.
- Set the mood: Begin your set-up in a a very open area in your home. Spread a tablecloth or thin blanket on the ground with some roses. You can also add some scented candles with soft background music.
- Add some wine.
- Serve light finger food such as crackers and cheese topped with bacon, smoked salmon. Have some nice chocolates around or a nice cake for dessert.
#5: Visit a Museum.
#6: Gym date! Exercising together is a great idea to get to know someone. It is also romantic when the two persons enjoy working out together as it.
#7: Go on a hike!
#8: Games night. It is a fun idea and a great way to bond. It is on the lighter side of things but a great way to form a friendship which is the best way to have a healthy relationship.
#9: Romantic indoor dinner. This is a creative way to stay on a budget. If you are a great cook, it is even a more great idea. If you are not a cook, order some gourmet.
Below are 3 simple romantic recipes.
- Roasted Cod with Lemon & Olives.
3 small lemons
8 sprig fresh thyme
20 pimento-stuffed green olives
18 small red potatoes
6 cod fillets
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. freshly ground peppers
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place lemon slices in a single layer on a large roasting or baking pan. Lay thyme sprigs over lemons and sprinkle with olives.
2. Halve each potato, place in a large bowl, and fill with water to cover. Microwave until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife, about 10 minutes. Drain potatoes and scatter around edge of pan.
3. Place fillets on lemon and drizzle olive oil over fish and potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to oven, reduce temperature to 325 degrees F, and roast until fish is cooked through, about 25 minutes. Serve fish with potatoes and olives.
- Roasted Vegetable Mac &Cheese
1 lb plum tomatoes
6 broccoli florets
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
3 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
4 c. milk
2 c. grated aged asiago
2 c. grated sharp cheddar
2 tbsp dijon mustard
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. fresh black pepper
2 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme
1 lb penne
1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees. Slice the tomatoes 1/4 inch thick. Toss the tomatoes and broccoli with the oil and roast separately on parchment-lined baking pans for 30 minutes.
2. Whisk the butter and flour in a medium-size pot over medium-high heat until foamy. Add the milk. Whisk until thickened and bubbling, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.
3. Whisk in the cheeses, mustard, salt, pepper, and thyme. Stir in the pasta and broccoli and transfer to a 9- by 13-inch baking dish. Top with the tomatoes and bake about 30 minutes.
2 lb yulcon gold potatoes
2 tsp. salt
1 c.fresh ricotta
1/2 c. whole milk
3 tbsp. butter
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1. Heat oven to broiler setting. Peel and cut potatoes into 1-inch pieces. Place potatoes and 1 teaspoon salt in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and continue to cook over medium heat until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes more. Drain and return all but 1 cup of potatoes to the pot.
2. Mash the potatoes with a potato masher. Stir in the ricotta, milk, butter, remaining salt, and pepper to blend. Add the reserved potatoes and mash just until combined. Spoon 1/2 cup potatoes into 10 six-ounce ramekins and set on a baking pan. Place under broiler until browned. Serve hot
#10: Mini Road trip. There is something special about driving beside someone you desire or admire, it opens up the door for connection and intimacy.