Everyone enjoys a romantic evening out with someone special, but the costs for dinner, drinks or a movie can really add up. However, it's possible and even easy to have a romantic evening out without breaking the bank. Use a little imagination and creativity when planning dates to start having cheap but romantic evenings out.
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Instead of paying for a pricey dinner at a fancy restaurant, buy your own supplies and have an early-evening picnic in a local park -- or even on the floor in your home. Get food and a bottle of wine from a supermarket deli, grab a blanket or sheet, some cups and napkins, and you're ready to go. For dessert, consider strawberries and store-brand chocolate syrup. Take along a small radio for music. Plan to go on the night of a full moon to make the evening even more romantic.
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Tickets for professional theatre are often cost-prohibitive. Check out local high schools and theatre troupes for dramatically reduced costs of plays and musicals. Dress up for the occasion, and try to find a romantic play, such as "Romeo and Juliet". Afterward, take a walk through your town's historic district or downtown and have ice cream or split an appetizer at a small, chic restaurant. Spend the rest of the evening chatting about whatever the experience brings to mind -- high school memories, thoughts on true love or just how delicious the ice cream is.
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Movie rental stores don't often have many older movies, so go to the local library and rent a few romantic classics -- "Casablanca" and "An Affair to Remember" are two choices. Buy some gourmet popcorn and a bottle of wine, and go back in time together. After the movies are finished, take a walk around your neighbourhood and watch the stars. The quiet, the street lights and being with your special someone will be a fitting finale to your evening together.
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Use your city's community calendar or online resources to find live local acts. Fledgling talent is usually dirt-cheap, if not free, and to draw crowds there are often drink specials. Try to find a jazz act, a poetry reading or even stand-up comedy -- laughs are an excellent precursor to romance. Get there early enough to get a good table. During musical acts, write each other romantic notes on napkins; things you like about him or her, thoughts on the performer's talent, or just silly drawings of the two of you. Without saying a word, you'll ramp up the romance significantly.