Pick your own. Most seasons of the year allow for pick-your-own opportunities at local farms and orchards: In summer, select juicy peaches; in fall, peruse a pumpkin patch or apple orchard; during winter, check out a Christmas tree farm. Find a place in your area where you can pick your own fruits or vegetables and head out in casual clothes for laid-back fun. Or try the "civilized" version: Visit a local farmers market to select locally grown fruits and veggies at the peak of ripeness. Make a dish with the ingredients that night, and you've fashioned a full day of entertainment.
Get crafty. Organize a craft night on the cheap: Collect old, about-to-be-thrown-away magazines or children's books at the library (you can often buy them for a dime or a quarter apiece); scissors and some glue; and large sheets of firm paper or cardboard, and use the materials to make collages. Or, if you're more artistically inclined, break out the paints and brushes, pastels or colored pencils. Feeling spicier? Make them R-rated. With some basic supplies (check your local dollar store for deals), you can be creative and have fun while getting a little messy together. Fun And Free: Art Projects
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Go treasure hunting. Go on a "junk hunt": Set aside a Saturday or Sunday to scan local antique stores, flea markets, thrift stores and/or garage sales, looking for the "trash" that can turn into your treasure. Where else can you find a 1980s-era portable phone, a never-used Ginsu knife and a Nelson CD in one place? You'll probably score some great deals, laugh a lot at outdated appliances and fashions, and learn plenty about your partner's tastes. Feel like a challenge? Make a deal to buy each other the goofiest present you can find for $3 or less. After shopping, exchange gifts and brainstorm to find a way to put what you've bought to good use. 3 Things Men Don't Like (But Women Seem To Love)