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My Recession Valentine: Cheap Valentine's Day Dates

February 12th, 2009 11:00am EST
Valentine's DaySome say good things don't come cheap, but this year your Valentine's Day can! In these tough times, here are some ideas for Valentine's Day dates that won't put a gigantic dent in your bank account.

On Ice
Most towns have an ice skating rink either indoors, outdoors or both. Admission is usually below $10 per person and the skate rentals aren't that expensive either. Even if you don't know how to skate, ice skating is a fun way to bond with your date…and a good excuse to hold hands.

Ice Cream and Cake and Pie, Oh My!
Have a dessert date! Go to a local café or a fancy restaurant and just order dessert. Share a milkshake at an ice cream shop-50's style! It gives you and your date the opportunity for conversation just like dinner, only it's a lot sweeter!

Let It Snow
Here's a date that costs nothing at all! Grab a sled or a snow tube and head to the steepest hill you can find. Take turns tobogganing or ride together for an enjoyable winter date without hitting the (expensive) slopes.

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Now Showing
Local shows, whether they are concerts, plays, or comedy, are usually relatively cheap. Most places cost between $5 and $10 per person. The variety of entertainment allows room for tailoring the date to your valentine's interests. Do some research on your local entertainment venues and enjoy a night of music, drama, or jokes!

Fiery Passion
Build a fire. If you have a fireplace, great! If not, build a fire outdoors and snuggle up together under the stars. Make s'mores, find constellations, and share stories!

Son of A Beach
Head to the beach and watch the sunset together. Bring some snacks and wine (if you're old enough!) and get romantic! Don't live near a beach? Find a lake or a hiking trail that has a good view of the sky.

Park It
If you live in warmer climates where there isn't snow on the ground, have a picnic in the park. Bring a blanket and load up your picnic basket with both you and your date's favorite foods. Bring a frisbee and a radio and make a day of it!

Hunting Season
Send your date on a scavenger hunt. Lead your valentine on a hunt using clues that direct to significant locations such as where the two of you had your first date or first kiss. End the hunt with a gift!

Putt-Putt
Add a little competition to your date and play miniature golf. It doesn't cost too much and some mini golf courses also have go-karts for extra fun! Unfortunately, most miniature golf courses close during the winter in the colder regions.

Sara Martone
Story by Sara Martone

Starpulse contributing writer