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7 Fun and Cheap Winter Dates

Don’t let post-holiday bills and bone-chilling temps turn date night into a bore. Try one of these wallet- and weather-friendly ideas this weekend!

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1. Fire it up
If you’re going to stay in on Saturday night, do it right. Open a bottle of wine, and whip up a warm, hearty meal together. Need some ideas? Check out our collections of recipes for just about everything, including plenty of comfort food.

2. Act like kids
Get your blood pumping by squishing together on a sled designed for someone half your size and zooming down a hill. Bonus points if you can manage to crash into your neighbor’s snowman.

3. Ice dance
Remember the good old days of gliding around the rink, holding hands with your crush? No? Well, then it’s time to experience it! Head to your local skating rink (and do your best not to fall). Some relationship experts say that fun is one of the best aphrodisiacs (not to mention that rubbing each other’s sore butts afterward could be kinda hot).

4. Catch a show
For a nice break from the old dinner-and-a-movie winter standby, head to the theater to check out a play. If you live in a major city, you can look for discounted tickets at or If you don’t mind taking your chances and waiting a bit, many theaters sell seriously reduced tickets for empty seats on the day of the show. Or, screw Broadway (or the overpriced equivalent) altogether and support your local community theater. You might be surprised by how good it actually is.

5. Make over movie night
Make a standard movie night a little more interesting by adding a theme to the mix: favorite movie couple, favorite movie that’s so bad it’s good, scariest flicks ever get the idea. Each of you picks your top contender, and then you can flip for whose flick goes first. Bonus: You might learn something new (good or bad!) about your partner.

6. Go for the gold
A little competition can be a big turn-on. The good news is you don’t even have to leave your warm and cozy home: Hook up the Wii (or PlayStation) and challenge your partner to a game of Rock Band, Grand Slam Tennis or Flight Control. Grab a controller and go at it. (Hey, we’re talking about the game here -- dirty mind!) Loser has to warm up the car in the morning -- for a week!

7. Get nostalgic
Learn a bit more about each other by playing the songs you loved throughout your life. Take turns sharing stories about what memories they bring up -- like the eighth grade dance or your first concert. You’ll learn more about each other and revisit some favorite (or perhaps some "What was I thinking?") tunes.

Get more great date night ideas from The Nest >

-- Kristin Koch