Creative cheap dating ideas

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It used to be so easy -- and now it all seems like a distant memory.

The good news is that you can always bring date nights back into your routine.

Grab inflatable tubes and spend an afternoon on a river.

Yes, as cheesy as it may sound, renting a tandem bike (AKA the bicycle built for two) can be quite the adventure for the super coordinated couple who want a more interesting spin on the typical scenic trail ride.

It's the perfect way to unplug while still capturing fun and memorable moments.

Remember when you and your partner used to go on date nights?

Pick a destination about an hour from where you live—it could be anything from a flea market to a restaurant off the beaten path—and just drive.

Get familiar with the cosmos (check out this handy guide if you’re new to astronomy) and head outdoors to see who can spot the North Star and Big Dipper first.Take one to an unexplored area for a longer day-time date or a short round-trip ride for a first date. While shared rituals—such as splitting the penne at your favorite Italian joint every Friday—can be a fun tradition, research shows relationships need novelty too.Keeping things fresh can increase relationship satisfaction and bring back those “butterflies” that we’ve all had on the first few dates, at the same time flooding the brain with feel-good dopamine Couples’ shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality. Department of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, N. Journal of Personal and Social Psychology, 2000; 78(2): 273-84.The best part is you don’t have to look too far (or dig too deep in the wallet) to find fun and affordable date ideas.

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