As promised, our date ideas series continues, this time with some explicitly budget-friendly options to help keep things fun when you’re tight on cash or you have intense money goals. I’m sorry this took so long to get out to you guys. When Grace and I were in Bali I caught a couple tropical diseases at once, spent several weeks in bed and it messed up my post writing schedule. I’m well now. 🙂
Anyway, here they are!
1. See what’s going on in the community: You never know what’s happening around you and what enriching experiences are being offered for free or very cheap… swing dancing lessons at a local church or community center? Heck yes! Walking architectural tour of a historic district? Totally!
2. Stargazing: Pack some blankets and snacks and leave town. It doesn’t get much better than this.
3. Make a meal together: It’s my experience that the more creative you can make the meal, the more fun it is. Try out a new superfood or put together two ethnic foods that don’t mix. You may just find that you like tapas or sushi beside your beef wellington!
4. Sing together at home!
5. Chess: Admittedly I’m a chess nerd so this is our go-to but there are other board games that you guys can play and have a fun with.
6. Take a scenic drive: Get out of town and head to the country side to see the trees turning color. Drive by the ocean for awhile; you may find a secluded beach to sit by! Whatever you find relaxing, give it a try while you have a conversation with your date!
7. Picnic: Grab some food and drink from one of your favorite stores like Trader Joe’s or Winco, then find a romantic spot to chill and hang out. After the meal, lay down together and watch the clouds drift by and talk.
8. Just go split a dessert at a fancy pants restaurant: This is one of our personal favorites. This is something Grace and I started doing in our poorer days when we lived in California. We’re in better times now but we still do it.
9. Listen to a podcast together and learn something new: Pause it when you hear something fascinating and talk it over together.
10. Drive-in movie theater: Okay, so Grace and I haven’t actually tried this one yet but it’s totally on our list!
11. Thrift Shop: have some fun and rock on over to your local thrift store to pick up some clothes you need. You never know what you’re going to find!
12. Stage your own film festival at home: Like the Marx Brothers? Shaw Brothers? How about Adam Sandler? It doesn’t matter, whatever your favorite actor, genre or series, get under a blanket, grab some popcorn and enjoy your night in!
13. Go to the dollar theater: They only show movies that have already been shown in theaters once so you’ll get to see a good film a second time around or check out that one you really wanted to see but almost missed!
14. Have friends over for a double date and play cards.
As you can see, there are loads of opportunities for fun dates that aren’t going to break the bank. These are just a few of our favorites. What are yours?