The Broke Person's Guide To Romance


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The economy's bad but don't let it suck the pleasure from your love life.

I wouldn't go out with a guy who refused to spend resources—time, energy, effort or money—on our date. It's not about the ka-ching. It's about value. I deserve a life filled with excitement, happiness and sexual richness regardless of mine or my lover's bank account balance. In case you want the same, I enlisted a few friends and fellow writers of the sexy stuff to provide tips that pump up the heat without pushing out a lot of cash. Date On A Dime Without Looking Like A Cheap Skate

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"Human beings are social creatures by nature," says sex and relationship educator Reid Mihalko. "Building intimacy and fostering feelings of connectedness, especially during tough economic times, can be a cheap and powerful way to make your relationship recession proof!" You could cook at home, but that might feel routine and uninspired. Instead of upscale feasts at overpriced establishments, opt for cozy but sophisticated family-run eateries. Bonus points if you know the owner; your partner may be impressed! If the venue allows you to bring your own wine, be sure to tote along on a delicious red or white. Even if you splurge on the vino, your wallet will thank you for dodging the exorbitant markups at non-BYOB restaurants. How To Seduce Him With Food

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Once you've been in a relationship for a while, ditch pricey movie tickets for nude video gazing with your partner. It's porn time. If you and lover regularly gawk at sexy flicks online, you already know the benefits of playing voyeur to the screen. Learn new positions and observe other activities that keep your groin burning hot. Sex columnist Violet Blue reminds, "The Internet's free porn bonanza has generated more positive interest, and thus more consumers." Even though the recession's reach has kissed the economy's most titillating industry, there are still enough movies "giving consumers a rosy glow" she explains. How To Make A Sex Tape

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