I know it sounds crazy, but a date for $20 or less? Am I crazy? Yep, maybe just a bit, but it helps to add to my flavor.
One of the most memorable dates I can remember in a long time involved no money at all. My friend lived near a beach that I just loved. Instead of taking me to the beach, he took me to a naturally forming pool alongside the beach, which I had never experienced before. As we swam in the cool water, the waves crashed into the rocks just behind us. The date was so simple, but yet so beautiful.
It seems like the cost of everything is steadily increasing, and the money in our wallets is having a hard time catching up. The cost of swooning over and pampering your sweetheart can be expensive.
1. Take a tour
You may be surprised at the number of cheap or free tours in your hometown. In Washington DC and Philadelphia, you can find mural tours that allows you to take in all of the beautiful artwork on local buildings. It is free, and you can do it at your own pace, so there is no need to worry about other tour patrons or keeping up with a tour guide.
2. Watch the sky
I know that sounds strange, but hear me out. If you live near an airport, you can watch the planes land and take off. Have fun with it by fantasizing about where you’d go together or make up fun stories of the passengers. You could even go stargazing at night. Add a spin to it by learning about the constellations, and, yes there is an app for that.
3. Mini golf
I think mini golf is such an underrated date. It is an affordable and classic way to have fun with your honey.
4. Catch a show and drink some wine
See what free or discounted shows are available in your area. It is not uncommon for theatres to sell reduced tickets just before a show. There is often a limited number available so you would need to arrive early to scoop them up.
After the show, share a bottle of wine with your love. Purchasing a bottle is less expensive than ordering a single glass. Don’t forget to ask if there are any specials.
5. Exercise together
What better way to encourage and promote healthy living then to exercise with your partner? Often independent studios have free or discounted classes during nonpeak hours to help market their business. It allows you to try something different without being locked into a pricey membership.
6. Sign-up for deal sites
Companies like Living Social and Groupon are great at connecting consumers with local businesses. Businesses will list activities or services at a discount to get your business. I have gone paintballing, done the escape room, received massages, tried out new restaurants—all at reduced prices. I don’t think I would have checked out those businesses if it weren’t for those deals.
Again, I know this may seem farfetched, but there is a method to my madness. You can look at housesitting as an (almost) free vacation. You can watch someone’s home, and in return, you get to stay there for free. Although, you will be responsible for your food. Of course, there may be some work involved, like watering the plants or caring for a pet. All in all, I think it is a pretty sweet deal, and you can come across some very lovely homes.
8. Check out open houses
Take a look inside an open house that’s up for sale. You’d be surprised by how much you may learn about someone from their housing preferences. It’s also a way to see what a possible future could be like with your significant other without the added pressure of actually living together.
9. A concert in the park
I love concerts in the park. You bring your blanket, snacks and relaxed vibe to enjoy sweet tunes with like-minded people in the community.
10. See what’s going on at your local university
Universities are a buzz for creativity and innovative thinking. There is almost always something going on, which isn’t just for students. If you and your love are brainy—sit in on a symposium. If you are artsy—see if there are art performances or exhibits. If you are into sports—see a game. If you are into architecture—walk the campus. If you like books—visit the library. You might not expect it, but universities are great date resources.
11. Have a photo shoot
Grab your camera and shoot, shoot, shoot. Have fun playing photographer and model. Be silly, be sweet, be loving, be funny—make those special moments. I recommend buying a tripod if you want to go hands-free to really capture some unique moments.
12. Go to a matinee movie or independent film
If you don’t mind seeing a movie early in the day, go to a matinee, which is always cheaper than prime movie times. Depending on the price, you might be able to get a snack to share also. Independent movie ticket prices are typically less expensive than big box movie ticket prices to encourage moviegoers to see the film. It is also a great way to see a movie you may not have otherwise considered.
Volunteering is free, free, free! Volunteering is a marvelous way to give back while strengthening the bond between you and your beloved.
We’d all love to shower and spoil our loves with the finest that money can afford, but that is not possible nor realistic for everyone. But, we all have the capacity to make our special someone feel adored, and as long as we make the effort the time spent together is priceless.
What has been a memorable budget-friendly date for you?
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