Having a frugal and romantic day out can be more fun than you think. My husband and I find new ways to go out on dates, and feel that we don’t have to spend a lot of money when we do things we actually enjoy. It’s not because we’re cheap, we’re trying not to break the bank each time we go out, and just really enjoy each others company. We can even have date night’s at home.
Some people feel that they must spend a lot of money in order to impress the person they’re taking out to keep them from thinking they’re cheap. Others assume that there’s nothing worth doing that doesn’t cost a lot of money. But the truth is that some of the best dates are either inexpensive or free.
If you’re on a tight budget, daytime dates tend to be much more affordable. Don’t sell yourself short! Here are some things you can do as a couple that won’t break the bank.
1 – Have a picnic in the park. Eating sandwiches together might not sound like a recipe for romance in any other setting, but packing a simple lunch and enjoying it in a beautiful natural setting can be a really special event. To make it even more special, make it a surprise. Pack the picnic basket, sneak it into the car, and ask your partner to go for a ride without sharing the destination until you’re there.
2 – Check out free or low-cost concerts. In the summer, many cities have a free concert series in the park. You might also find live music for cheap at your local civic center or at fundraisers. This is a great way to broaden your musical horizons together. Who says you’re too old for a music festival?
3 – Play miniature golf. Mini golf courses can be found in any city and many smaller towns. It’s easy to play, even if you’ve never played real golf. And it may be better if you’re not a golf pro – the worse you and your partner are at it, the more laughs you’ll get!
4 – Visit an art gallery or museum. Some offer free admission, and you can get into many others for just a few bucks per person. This makes a great date for those who are just getting to know one another, because it provides plenty for you to talk about.
5 – Check for local events. Some local college campuses offer the public free movie showings, plays and sporting events. Others charge admission, but even if you don’t qualify for the student discount, it’s usually quite reasonable.
These are just a few ideas for dates that will not cost an arm and a leg. If you’re willing to look for them, cheap date opportunities abound. So don’t give up on dating just because you’re on a budget. Get creative and find fun yet frugal activities to do together!