Getting comfy in a relationship can not only lead to weight gain, but also to empty pockets. We can blow our budget trying to forever date our significant others in order to keep things spicy.
But there are ways to keep the romance going while being financially conscience.
Dating “does not have to cost a lot to have fun in a relationship,” Susan Trombetti, matchmaker and CEO of Exclusive Matchmaking, told Bustle.
“Having fun in a relationship is entirely based off of you and your partner being together, not exactly how much is coming out of your wallet. The enjoyment comes from the memories you build together.”
Here are some ways to scale back on cost while maintaining a fun relationship.
Cook At Home
Yes candlelight dinners are super sexy, but cooking together at home can be erotic too.
“This is much cheaper than going out for dinner and creates a fun and intimate experience,” Gabrielle Applebury, LMFT, a licensed marriage and family therapist, told Bustle.
Find A Free Hobby
Cut the cost of date night by doing things during the day–for free. Think outdoor picnics or scenic walks.
“Hiking and physical activity are things you can do together, [and] enjoy each other’s company while staying healthy and happy, and, on top of all of that, saving money,” Trombetti told Bustle.
Maybe it’s about time you set up a spa date in your big bathroom, or drink some wine on your porch. Think of ways to revamp your living spaces to make them romantic.
“Creativity and thinking outside the box can make this cost efficient move a great time,” Trombetti says.
Plan Something Special
Knowing your lover is the key to keeping things fresh.
“Having fun is subjective and the key to doing this with your partner is knowing what they like,” Robyn Koenig, ACC, CPC, ELI-MP, a certified professional dating coach and matchmaker, told Bustle. “For example, if you know your partner really loves being outside after a stressful day at the office, take a moment to plan a beach walk or some snacks in the park before dinner.”
– Madame Noire