17 Great Romantic Dates for Penny-Pinchers

by Shel Horowitz

  • Hike to the top of a mountain for a picnic.

  • Take a rowboat out on a lake at sunset.

  • Go up to the top of a building in a large city.

  • Take a rowboat out on a lake at sunset.

  • Go up to the top of the tallest building in a large city.

  • Dress for a formal party, and then walk down the streets singing love songs.

  • Find a dark, romantic bistro with great coffees and desserts, or an independent book store that encourages browsing.

  • Find a rarely-used corner deep in the stacks of your library. Blow the dust off some musty old volume and read it aloud together. Steal a few hot kisses.

  • Pretend you've just won the lottery. "Shop" for your dream furnishings in elegant craft galleries, jewelry stores, and similar locales.

  • Test drive a sports car together.

  • Visit a specialty food factory--or a crafter's studio.

  • Browse a ritzy museum gift shop or art gallery.

  • Drive along the outer borders of your city or county, exploring new neighborhoods and villages where you've never been.

  • Ride a city's entire public rail transit system, going out on remote branch lines, just for the heck of it.

  • Spend the whole evening dressed and acting as characters from a play, movie, or book that you both enjoyed.

  • Speak only gibberish and let your thoughts be understood from your emotions, gestures, and tone.

  • Explore a wild and scenic place you've always wanted to check out.

  • Walk around celebrity neighborhoods, looking for glimpses of the rich and famous.

  • Do something completely out of character--something you ordinarily wouldn't be caught dead even thinking about.

Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook, offers many free resources on saving money at http://www.frugalfun.com. . Visit frugalfun.com to sign up for free monthly Frugal Fun Tips, browse Global Arts Review and Global Travel Review e-zines, and read many articles on saving money on business and pleasure. To contact Shel directly, write shel@frugalfun.com 1996 by Shel Horowitz; reprinted with permission

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