5 Ways to Stretch a Buck: Dates

by Marcy on February 13, 2009 · 2 comments

I was going to title this post “cheap dates” but then thought better of it. Because I’m not a cheap date and I’m going to assume that the rest of you aren’t either. :-) The purpose of this post is to talk about ways to enjoy a date with your spouse or significant other without spending a lot of money. Because some of the best dates that I have been on with my husband haven’t cost us a thing.

Go out for coffee/dessert as opposed to dinner. This is a great way to treat yourself to a fancy smanchy restaurant for less. This is also just as fun if you go to a local ice cream shop in the summertime.

• If you like to go to the movies, go to a matinee or the dollar theater. Or rent a movie (or find a free Red Box code!), pop some popcorn and watch a movie at home.

Go to a park – have a picnic, walk/bike/roller blade on nature trails. This is both inexpensive and good for you! If you aren’t the active type, take along your favorite books and magazines to read after your picnic.

• Check out your local area for cheap and free activities such as concerts in the park, street fairs, high school plays/musicals, and amateur sporting events.

• Head to a Barnes and Noble/Borders/other book store for coffee and to check out new books/magazines.

If you have kids, child care can be expensive. To save money ask some of your friends if they would be willing to swap babysitting duty with you. For example my husband and I are going out for V-Day on Friday while our friends watch our daughter, and then our friends will go out on Saturday while we watch their daughter. (If you are blessed to live near family who will watch your kids for free, I’m mostly happy for you. :-))

What are some of your favorite, inexpensive date ideas?


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1 Lepa April 9, 2010 at 12:56 AM

I love to go to Ikea for some reason its fun… If you have 4 kids like me my husband and I can take them to the play area where they will check my kids in and hand me a pager if any of the kids happen to have a problem they can get a hold of me. We can order dinner for two or enjoy a cinnamon roll and an ice cream cone while walking around to see what our would be house would look like if we could afford it…lol… Then when we are done lounging in all of the nice living room displays we can go get our kids and by then they would be worn out and ready for bed when we get home for more quality time with the hubby…lol..

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