10 Budget-Friendly Date Ideas

You and your guy don't need to splurge on a bonding sesh. Try these ten fun and creative activities that won't burn a hole in your pocket.

You're finally getting a long break this weekend...but you and your man are quite low on funds. You don't have to stay at home and stare at each other... or worse, at the TV (with not much on at this time of the year). Grab your guy and try these fun, inexpensive activities.

1. Pull out a recipe from Yummy magazine or a foodie website like Market Manila, and make your own version of a five-star meal together.

2. Have him over for a game night. Mad Gab, Uno, and Twister can all be played with just two people.

3. Buy all the fixings for tacos and make your own at home. You need only a handful of ingredients: tomato, avocado, meat, cheese, and shells. Download Latin songs onto your iPod to set a festive mood.

4. Watch open-air acoustic gigs this Easter at resto rows like Metrowalk, Eastwood, or Greenbelt. Afterwards, have dinner at home and just spend for the drinks.

5. Have dinner at a bar during happy hour next Friday. There are usually drink specials, and you might even score free appetizers (or at least a gratis bowl of mixed nuts). Plus, cozying up on bar stools can feel more intimate than sitting across from each other at a table.

6. Go culture-vulturing and hit Manila's art galleries, museums, and century-old churches. Walk along the historical streets of Intramuros or Escolta and enjoy the view of the Pasig River. Take a sidetrip to bargain-haven Divisoria and scout for cheap finds.

7. Teach each other to play your favorite video games, then place a sexy wager (whoever wins gets treated to a full-body massage that night, for example) before going head-to-head.

8. Belt out some tunes at super-sulit karaoke bars or take advantage of their promos. At Red Box, for instance, you can get in for free on Tuesdays during their weekly Ladies' Night. You may also skip getting a private room and sing with the crowd in the bar area instead.

9. Go biking and rollerskating at local parks (check out Quezon City Memorial Circle or Luneta). Admission is free. Even if you suck, you can still have a blast falling on your butts.

10. Plan a date in reverse. Meet for brunch (breakfast is usually cheaper than dinner), hit an afternoon movie, then go for discounted happy-hour drinks. Finally, make your way back home and spend the night in together.

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