After Christmas, it’s unlikely that you’re in the green—that is, you may find yourself a little short on cash after the holiday season. Or, maybe you’ve finally gotten around to taking Jason Hartman’s advice and are saving up for that big investment. Either way, that shouldn’t stop you from leading a full life, of which dating may play a part. Luckily, there are a lot of ways to plan around a struggling budget.
If you and your significant other are up for some inclement weather, consider taking a walk or hike around a local park. You could make some hot chocolate together before to add a little warmth.
Now is a great time of year to take a look at Christmas lights and hold hands beneath the twinkling lights and—who knows—maybe you’ll stumble upon some mistletoe. Some neighborhoods have official competitions and offer great views. If it’s too cold for a stroll around the neighborhood, hop in a car. It will cost a little in gas money, but the ambiance of Christmas music and heater will be worth it!
If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with a completely, 100% frozen body of water, look into renting skates and enjoying a romantic night on the ice. Skate rentals are usually pretty cheap, and this can be a great excuse to hold hands and bundle up! Otherwise, most towns have skating rinks that aren’t terribly expensive.
If you’re more into indoor activities (we wouldn’t blame you, its cold out there!) think about a cheap movie theater. Movies on their second run might only cost you a buck or two and will provide a few hours of entertainment. Sneak in a few snacks, and you’re good to go!
Look for free local events too—vineyards or art galleries will often have open house wine tastings, which offer free booze, entertainment, and appetizers. These sorts of activities allow you to expand your cultural knowledge, dress up a bit, and keep your budget in check.
You might also look for college plays that offer free or discounted admission, comedy clubs with new comics, poetry or other literary readings, etc—all for little to no cost.
If your town has an alternative newspaper, check it out for free or inexpensive ideas—most towns offer more opportunities than you might think!(http://www.flickr.com/photos/yourdon/3275748024/)
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