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17 Great Romantic Dates for Penny-Pinchers

The King of Frugal Fun shows you how to have a great date and spend nothing or almost nothing.

  1. Hike to the top of a mountain for a picnic.
  2. Take a rowboat out on a lake at sunset.
  3. Go up to the top of a building in a large city.
  4. Dress for a formal party, and then walk down the streets singing love songs.
  5. Find a dark, romantic bistro with great coffees and desserts, or an independent book store that encourages browsing.
  6. Find a rarely-used corner deep in the stacks of your library. Blow the dust off some musty old volume and read it aloud together. Steal a few hot kisses.
  7. Pretend you've just won the lottery. "Shop" for your dream furnishings in elegant craft galleries, jewelry stores, and similar locales.
  8. Test drive a sports car together.
  9. Visit a specialty food factory--or a crafter's studio.
  10. Browse a ritzy museum gift shop or art gallery.
  11. Drive along the outer borders of your city or county, exploring new neighborhoods and villages where you've never been.
  12. Ride a city's entire public rail transit system, going out on remote branch lines, just for the heck of it.
  13. Spend the whole evening dressed and acting as characters from a play, movie, or book that you both enjoyed.
  14. Speak only gibberish and let your thoughts be understood from your emotions, gestures, and tone.
  15. Explore a wild and scenic place you've always wanted to check out.
  16. Walk around celebrity neighborhoods, looking for glimpses of the rich and famous.
  17. Do something completely out of character--something you ordinarily wouldn't be caught dead even thinking about.

Learn dozens of more strategies for frugal romance, including cheap vacations, frugal but elegant dining, and much more. The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook is your roadmap. This 280-page guidebook--and the FREE bonus reports on earning free air travel by getting bumped and getting customer satisfaction after the warranty is over--is your complete guide to savings on travel, entertainment, romance, and more. This remarkable book shows, step by step, how to make the most of every pleasure opportunity, through these and many other techniques. It's written in a clear, accessible, light and warm style, so you can find the information you need, digest it, and use it to save money and enjoy the fine things in life.

Shel Horowitz, Editor of Global Travel Review and owner of, is the author of the e-book, The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty with a Peasant's Pocketbook, and the creator of the Ethical Business Pledge campaign.

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