And it’s not because the female half of the relationship is addicted to Tiffany’s. Nor is it because the boyfriend insists his lady friend always wear the most expensive lingerie on the market. No, it’s because (if you hadn’t noticed already) this economy, quite frankly, sucks.
Gone are the days of expensive rose bouquets, romantic dining at high-quality restaurants and elaborate vacations to exotic locales. Instead, they’ve been replaced by hand-picked dandelions, sharing a cup of the ever-classy Ramen noodles together on the couch and for vacations…well, they don’t exist at all anymore considering noone can afford to rip themselves away from their jobs, fearing they won’t be able to pay their long list of bills.
A recent article from the Boston Globe narrowed in on how it’s especially hard to keep love nourished when half of a long-distance couple resides in Beantown. Take the normal stress of keeping romance alive, add in the extra grievances of sky-rocketing airfares and you’ve got a recipe for relationship suicide. We’d like to think that material things don’t make a difference and where you dine or what activities you do together don’t matter, as long as you’re in each others company. But let’s face it-having to nix fun, interesting dates and deeming a hug and appropriate gift for your significant other, can absolutely extinguish the old flame. You’re chances of survival decrease when there are thousands of miles between a couple, and when they do manage to scrape up enough dimes to see each other, there’s not enough left in their budget to even leave the house.
So how do we cope? By getting creative, doing a little research and scoping out free, local deals, even the most fiscally-strapped lovebirds can continue to have unique dates.
Cheap Thrills Boston may sound like a sleazy escort service of some kind, but it’s actually chalk full of awesome ideas on what to do in various Boston cities. And the best part? Every date is under 10 bucks. With daily updates, they’ll clue you in on free sports events, plays, shows, movies, galleries….the possibilities are endless.
Coolestdates.com is an archive of various dates, whether you’re looking for free activities to fit a certain holiday (Valentine’s Day, Christmas, First Date). There’s plenty of free options they provide, including (probably the woman’s preference) to stroll through animal shelters and spend the day cuddling with cute creatures. Tiny Boston apartments may not be pet-friendly so places like the Animal Rescue League of Boston or MSPCA of Boston.
Some other ideas include catching a cheap buzz at a local winery or brewery (like the Samuel Adams Brewery), or maybe even visiting local colleges (for something other than a keg party), where most students showcase their art and films for free.