I know I’m not alone in thinking that Autumn is the most romantic time of the year, with Winter coming a very close second. The crisp air and dark nights are both reason enough to make the most of the indoors, but there’s just something about the colours, smells and sounds of Autumn which make the outdoors just as irresistible.
I’m a huge romantic at heart, and if you searched my Pinterest boards and digital notes you’d find the majority filled with budget date nights and romantic ideas. On a student income, extravagant gifts and holidays haven’t been possible but we’ve never let that get in our way. With a bit more time, effort and creativity there are so many equally romantic gestures that you can achieve with little or no money at all!
Share the love, as they say!
- Make the most out of the fresh air. Starting with the obvious, it’s soon going to be too cold to spend much time outdoors. Grab your boots, coat and woolly hat and take a walk together.
We live in a relatively small city, but there are still several parks to explore and we even found a nature reserve close by that we’d never heard of before! Parks have so much more to offer in the Autumn – brambles, conkers, crispy leaves and the wildlife! If you drive this will be almost free, and if not you can take the trip for the cost of bus fare!
- Get crafty. This is a sweet idea for the arty and the non-arty alike, because either way it’s an intimate and fun way to pass an hour or two. If you’re like me, there’s a chance you have a box of coloured card, pens, paints, chalks and the works stashed away somewhere in your home. If not, bargain shops like Poundshop have tons of bits and bobs for you to get started.
Last year, on our 3rd anniversary we had about £3 left in our pockets for the month, so extravagant gifts weren’t feasible. Instead, we raided my crafts box and made our own cards for each other. It was one of the more memorable date nights, and we had something to keep afterwards.
You could also draw portraits of each other, being as detailed as you can and then laugh at the (probably) hilarious results you come up with! Another idea with a physical memory to keep afterwards, my memory box is getting so full…
- Movie night! Raid your DVD draw or shelves, buy a bag of popcorn, shut the curtains and dim the lights. There isn’t much more romantic than getting snug on the sofa with a blanket and your favourite DVDs or TV shows! If you don’t have much of a collection, you can still have a budget night with one-off month subscriptions such as Now TV, or if you’ve got a bit more cash then Netflix or Amazon Prime! All 3 offer free trials too. Bargain!
- Cook together and bake a cake for pudding. Instead of spending the evening eating out, try cooking together. You can put on some music in the background as you plan out what you’re going to prepare, and then spend the evening cooking and eating. Me and Matt spend so much time in the kitchen – I’m not sure if this is because of how much I like to cook or because of our mutual love for eating… In comparison to a night out, you get much more alone time you get a full cake between you instead of the slice each you’d be served at a restaurant! Win, win.
- Dig out the board games and the playing cards. With technology playing a prominent role in our lives, the novelty of spending a night without a lot of tech is such a treat. We light the room with candles, dim the lights, turn off the TV and play some music – maybe make the night even more authentic by getting the record player out instead of the radio! Monopoly, Jenga and Pass the Pigs are sitting on our shelves at the moment.
I’d love for this to have lit the inspirational light bulb, and shown that money is not a necessity for a romantic evening! Speaking of which, Saturday is mine and Matt‘s 4th anniversary! I wonder what thrifty, creative goodness we’ll get up to!
Thanks for reading, lovelies!