Create some fancy edibles and ride bikes to a secluded location where the two of you can share some sparkling wine. Here’s a recipe for homemade sushi. You should be able to get Bike Rentals for as low as $30 for the whole day! And grab a bottle of Korbel, the best cheap champagne there is. There’s nothing like a secluded picnic and some beautiful scenery to create a romantic atmosphere.
You don’t even need to travel very far. Find some ground to post up, build a fire, and roast some s’mores. Bring some cheap binoculars to bird-watch! It’s easy to find camp grounds all across the country, and you can even rent a tent for cheaper than buying one. Don’t forget your s’mores ingredients. When it’s dark, the two of you can retreat to the tent.
Cooking together is one of the most romantic activities at your disposal. Take a trip to the local farmers market and just buy whatever the two of you like — most markets are fairly cheap when compared to local grocery stores (and more interesting). Then, take it all home and try and turn it into a delicious dinner. Finding a farmer’s market near you is very easy. Supercook lets you add random ingredients and turn it into a meal. For drinks, be spontaneous and let Drinkify tell you what goes with your music.
Take any local public transportation to the end of the line, preferably to a neighborhood the two of you have never explored together. Walk around, take in the sites, and sample some of the local cuisine! If you don’t have public transportation, or want to use a different randomizer, use a random point generator to plan a spontaneous trip. After a long day of shared exploring and experiences, you’ll feel infinitely closer to your partner.
Get some gourmet popcorn, organic soda, and candy beforehand. The two of you can enjoy the movie together without shelling out major bucks for normal movie concessions. Drive-ins.com may look antiquated but it’s still the best source for finding a drive-in theater near you. You can buy three Gourmet popcorns for the price of almost one in a store, and soda and candy are also pretty cheap when purchased outside of the major theaters. And you get the added bonus of privacy. Use it wisely.
Fresh Baguette ~$2.50. Assorted Imported Cheeses ~$15. French Wine ~$15. French Move rental ~free on Netflix, and if you don’t have it you can use a free subscription. You’ve got to admit, $32.50 is a hell of a lot cheaper than plane tickets. And you won’t get lost on the way back to your bed.
You don’t need to travel to an exotic location to make it feel like you’re on a romantic vacation. Pick a nearby hotel (bid on one for a super low price) and bring a few essentials — wine and some homemade sweets — and don’t forget to make it feel like a couple’s vacation in every sense.
There’s a ton of stuff at the mall you can do for free. Grab free samples, try on clothes, and don’t forget to pay a visit to the puppy store. TOTAL COST = a few dollars on gas! You could also skip the mall and use Kapture to get free stuff by taking random photos all over your city. Plus you get the added bonus of going on a random adventure. Cap the night off with some other things the two of you can do for free.