How To Spice Up A Relationship--On A Shoestring Budget

I don't know what your situation in life is. But I think those of us who have been there can all agree on at least one thing... Being broke sucks. It's a gargantuan suck-fest.

Also, I just wanted an opportunity to plug-in the word gargantuan. It's big and juicy. Just like that tender and delicious sirloin you probably can't afford to buy at Longhorn.

Maybe you're still a student, working part-time just to afford your tuition and books. Or maybe you're another recent graduate, struggling to get that dream job we were all lead to believe we'd just summersault into upon gripping our impoverished fingers around that coveted diploma.

It's a tough go of things right now. But the economy is recovering, albeit at a snail's pace. And being poor doesn't get any easier when you have a significant other.

And so the plot thickens...

Now... Unless you have the misfortune of being stuck with a vacuous, materialistic "significant" other, then maybe this advice won't matter at all. But for those of you who were smart enough to commit yourselves to someone who doesn't value you based on such shallow parameters, then you're in luck!

So without further ado...

Tried and true methods to spicing up a relationship--for borderline alley-dwellers:

I. Movies...

A timeless remedy for couples who have run out of things to say to each other... and money to spend. Oh, I know what some of you folks are thinking. But we don't have any money! Please... Spending money on movies is so last week. With wonderful streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there's no reason for you to NOT have anything to watch.

And if you're one of those cinephiles who has to watch the latest films out there... Well, I'm sure there are creative ways that you can get around having to pay. Wink.

Grab some popcorn. Sit back in your broken down couch. And bawl your eyes out to her favorite romantic comedy. Or grunt like a Neanderthal after every explosion in his favorite action film.

After all, if the other person is happy. Everyone is happy.

II. Videogames...

Contrary to popular belief, it really isn't a guy thing. At least not anymore. Honestly, if I had a nickel for every time I've been sniped by a woman while playing Call of Duty, I wouldn't need to be writing this article.


But seriously. Women game and they game hard. Find something you both can enjoy and if trash talking is your thing, grab a headset and let the verbal flurries commence.

Or--if you really want to go hard-core--join an MMO and embark on epic quests together. There is nothing more romantic than sharing a 12-hour session, ransacking the treasures of your favorite dungeon.

III. Cook together...

My girl and I usually get some taco shells, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and ground beef. With those we can have ourselves a filling and delicious dinner. Of course, with some creativity, you can take whatever ingredients you have sitting around and treat yourself to a meal that would make Julia Child blush.

...Or laugh at your futile efforts. Either way, your bellies will be nice and bloated.

IV. Board/Card Games...

If only you could pass Go and actually collect $200, right? Financial taunting aside, I really do enjoy a nice long session of Monopoly. Nothing kills the time quicker and you get to feel monetarily empowered for the entire 30,000 hours it seems to take to finish one game.

Here some of my other favorites:

  • Apples to Apples
  • Texas Hold 'em
  • Black Jack
  • Life
  • Clue
  • Scrabble
  • Risk

But At the End of the Day...

It really just boils down to having an open mind and injecting a heavy dosage of creativity. Try one of these or try them all in one night. I guarantee you that it will carry you through the tough times.


Happy romancing!