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With a growing number of people feeling the pinch at the moment, many are considering date nights to be an expensive luxury they may have to cut. However, with a little thinking outside the box, there are plenty of fun things to do together that even the lightest wallets can manage - and sometimes that little bit of extra thought can make them far more fun, romantic and memorable.

DIY pampering
Use an empty wallet as a brilliant excuse to stay in and relax. Get the spa experience without the spa cost by taking it in turns to be the therapist. Light some candles, play some relaxing music, run a bubble bath and then give each other indulgent massages.

DVD night
Dim the lights, pop on a DVD, open a bottle of wine and order food in for a low-cost alternative to dinner and a movie. The bonus (other than the money you’ll have saved of course!)? You don’t have to step outside or battle with traffic and you can snuggle up on the sofa together in your pjs!

Join a class
Pick something neither of you knows how to do and sign up to a course of classes. It could be anything from dance lessons to art classes, there’s plenty to choose from. You can learn together and help each other along, plus you’ll have both learnt a new skill by the end of it.

Cheap laughs
Get on the net and find out when your local comedy club is holding an open mic night. The admission is often covered by a round of drinks at the bar and you can spend the night in fits of giggles - either with or at the comedian!

Star-gazing picnic
Pack a basket full of yummy picnic items or your favourite takeaway, gather a rug and a storm lantern, and either head into your back garden or to the local park for a nighttime picnic. Lie back with a glass of wine and watch the stars twinkle. What could be more romantic?

Cook together
Cooking doesn’t have to be stressful if you do it together. Pick a couple of recipes, pop down to the shops or, even better, a local farmers’ market, and spend the evening cooking for and with each other. Crack open a bottle of wine, put some tunes on and chat whilst you work. Lay the table beautifully by setting out your best china and lighting a few candles, get dressed up if you feel like making a real occasion of it, and enjoy the result of your combined efforts.