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This is the first installment in what promises to be a very important topic on 101MoneyTalk.com. We call this, “cheap stuff to do” because, as the saying goes, the best things in life are free. This topic is so important that we are giving it its own heading on our website. “Cheap stuff to do” installments will be posted regularly and will address many of life’s low priced or even free things to do around your home, neighborhood and city. After all, what makes life worth living is not all the “stuff” that we purchase, but what we do during our time with each other. Interestingly, many people would prefer a walk along the beach with a loved one over an evening at the opera – I’m one of them.
Let’s start the series with installment number one: Cheap stuff to do with a loved one. This is particularly important because courtship often can be costly, and 101MoneyTalk would like to provide you with free or low cost alternatives to the expensive things couples do when they are together. Below we list our top 10 free or drastically reduced priced things to do with your partner.
10 – Picnic in the park: My favorite is Central Park in New York City. I picnic in Sheep Meadow with my wife and children all summer long.
09 – Bike ride on the boardwalk: The Jersey Shore has an amazing boardwalk – the stuff that movies are made of.
08 – Workout at the gym: Okay this one requires that you enjoy working out, but if you do, working out together has the added benefit of endorphins pumping, make your time together extraordinary.
07 – A bottle of wine by the fire: A log, a bottle of red, good conversation – it does not get much better than this.
06 – Dinner at your place: If you want to impress, show your stuff in the kitchen. Then enjoy the meal over candlelight and conversation.
05 – Twister night: Two or three turns and you and your partner will be laughing your heads off!
04 – An Indy movie at home: The best thing about an indy movie is that its not your cookie cutter box office hit, which actually gives you permission to talk about it for days on end with your partner without feeling weird about it.
03 – Bake-a-thon: A dozen cookies, a loaf of bread or an apple pie. What about all three???
02 – A photo shoot: Okay this is one of my favorite. Imagine taking your digital camera and your loved one out on the town for a day. Priceless.
01 – An afternoon at the Botanical Gardens: The botanic gardens is particularly nice for a date. Flowers, hand holding, very feng-shui. . . go get ‘em!