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10 Budget date night ideas

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Romance on a budget

With the pressure from work, kids and everything else in your life, you might not spending enough quality time with your husband. To keep the romance alive, you should plan a date night at least once a month. Date night doesn't have to be expensive to be rewarding. Check out these 10 fabulous budget date night ideas that won't break the bank.

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1Plan a picnic.

When the weather is nice, pack a picnic basket with fruit, cheese and wine. Head to the park for an afternoon or evening of relaxation in the outdoors. In the summertime, most cities offer free concert series at local parks, botanical gardens and other locations. If it's too cold to picnic outdoors, spread a blanket in front of your fireplace and enjoy a little romance at home.

>> Perfect summer picnic recipes and picnic basket packing tips

2Turn off the electronics.

One night a week, make a date with each other just by turning off all electronics. That's right: Turn off your TV, computer and cell phone, and enjoy some couple time. Take a bubble bath or shower together, give each other massages, or just relax in bed and talk. You can even skip the electricity and do it by candlelight. Without the electronic distractions, you'll be able to get back in touch with the feelings that drew you to each other in the first place.

3Take dance lessons.

Get close again on the dance floor. Look for classes offered at the local community college, your parks and rec department, and neighborhood bars. Consider ballroom dancing, merengue or even square dancing.

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4Hike or bike.

Stay active, get healthy and spend time together by exploring your neighborhood or nearby areas by bike or on your feet. Hiking, biking, skating and other outdoor activities are fun (yet inexpensive) ways to spend an afternoon date.

5Go out for dessert.

You don't have to head to a fancy, expensive restaurant for Date Night -- instead, cook dinner at home and go out just for dessert. Go to your favorite eatery for a indulgent, decadent dessert and coffee. You'll also save a few bucks (and calories) by ordering one dessert to share.

6Enjoy a nostalgia night.

Stay at home and enjoy a casual meal in your living room while flipping through old photos, watching your wedding video and talking about what you love about each other. Taking a trip down memory lane could be just what you need to ignite the spark in your marriage again.

7Have happy hour at home.

You don't need to head to the bar for cocktails -- create Happy Hour at home! Margarita mix, tequila, salt and lime will cost you less than $20. Just add some tortilla chips and salsa, and you'll be good to go.

8Go househunting.

Even if you aren't in the market to buy, checking out the homes in your area for sale is a fun way to spend time together thinking about your future. Look at fixer-uppers that might tempt you to actually put in an offer, as well as dream houses that are out of your price range.

>> House hunting? What to look for before you fall in love

9Have a little taste.

Local wine bars, wineries and even liquor stores hold wine-tasting nights. It's very inexpensive, and you get to sample some terrific wines. Chocolate shops, cheese stores and other specialty shops often hold tastings, too.

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10Spend the night at a hotel.

Even if the hotel is just around the corner from your house, book a room for a special getaway. Look for coupons and discounts, and go during the week to get the cheaper rates on a luxurious room. Romp on the big bed, order room service and sleep in each other's arms until checkout time.

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