Whether you are married, engaged or in a relationship, dating is one of the most important uses of your time. Dates allow you to keep the relationship exciting, continue to get to know each other, and, if you have kids like me, have that much needed alone time together. For those who have a family or a lot of bills, dating may get put on the back burner. I thought of it as another expense that we could not afford until I considered frugal dating. The concept of frugal dating allows you to be creative and to have great time with your partner without breaking the bank.
Here are ten ways to spend a good time with your partner without stretching your budget:
1) Candlelight dinner for two at home: Turn your house into a wonderful restaurant; prepare a delicious dinner at home. Consider trying something new or even making dinner together.
2) Late night picnic under the stars: Pack a dinner or a snack and go for a drive. When you find the perfect spot stop and enjoy a picnic under the stars.
3) Visiting a beautiful mall for window shopping: When you visit a mall, it is not necessary for you to buy things; you can simply do some window shopping together and spend a good time sharing a dessert or grabbing a cheap meal. .
4) Watching the first show of a new movie on a weekday: We know how expensive movie tickets are; however, when you watch the first show on a weekday (early morning), the tickets are cheaper. Take a day off and tell your partner to do the same so that you can spend some amazing time together, without disturbing your finances. Check your local theaters to see if they have specials on one of their slow days. One of the theaters in my area offers $5 movies on Tuesdays.
5) Driving your partner home after a tiring day at work: Surprise your spouse by standing our
side of their office. Bring a snack and to enjoy on your road trip home. Or, if you are not the spontaneous type, just prepare to carpool together. This can be a great time to catch up and have some much needed one on one conversation.
My sister and her husband carpooled while they were dating and it was the cutest thing ever. She is a stay at home mom now, but after they married they continued to commute together to fit that extra time together in.
6) A long walk along the beach: Who doesn’t love a walk on the beach! If you have a beach close by this is a great option for a free date. Walk on the beach, dance on the beach, picnic at the beach. There are so many options.
7) Visiting a garden or park near your house: You know what is the best thing about living near a park or garden? You can take your partner for a walk anytime you want too (during the hours when the park is open for visitors). My husband and I have done this on a few times. On one occasion he surprised me with a trip to the botanical gardens as a part of our Baby Moon in Florida. We have also visited our local botanical garden and the sculpture garden in Washington D.C.
8) Go half on a meal: Can’t afford dinner for two? Go out and split something. Often time’s restaurants give way more food than one person can handle. Splitting a me is a great option for a frugal date.
9) Get dessert: Dessert is usually much cheaper than a three course meal and it allows you to save money by eating at home. Go to your favorite spot and reminisce of a pie of pie. Or, pick up dessert and eat at the park or find your favorite spot under the stars.
10) Have breakfast: Breakfast is one of my favorite meals and it is so much cheaper than dinner. My current favorite frugal date option is going out for breakfast. Local dinners usually have options on their menu that are pretty inexpensive. We have a local breakfast place that we love that is pretty reasonable prices. When we are extremely short on cash I enjoy going to Chick-fil-a for breakfast. I recently tried the Spicy Chicken Biscuit and it was soooo good. LOL. But even a plain biscuit and a side and a cup of water is pretty satisfying.
What frugal dating ideas have you tried?