15 (Frugal) Ways to Date Your Mate

by Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA

Maybe you have a date with that special someone on Valentine’s Day or a romantic dinner with your significant other. Whatever the situation, below are some ideas for a great cheap date with your honey that will save you lots of cash without skimping on the romance.

  • Eat a simple, nutritious dinner at home, and then go out for a truly decadent dessert.
  • Pick wildflowers together.
  • Go for a bike ride, hike, or run together.
  • Pack a picnic lunch and go to the park or the zoo.
  • Take a class together in something fun and creative: glass blowing, pottery, drawing, creative writing, or photography.
  • Browse in a bookstore together.
  • Attend a local high school or college sports game.
  • Take a road trip to a nearby town, or even another neighborhood in your own city. Stroll around, talk with locals, have a drink at a local café.
  • Read aloud to each other from a favorite novel, poem or short story.
  • Attend a theater performance by your local college or community group.
  • Go to a flea market or garage sale.
  • Attend a local lecture on a subject of interest to both of you.
  • Send the kids out to someone else's house and stay in and cook together.
  • Visit a museum on a free or pay-what-you-wish day.
  • Have a water balloon fight in the park. Or play on the swings.

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Stacy Francis, CFP®, CDFA

Stacy Francis is the Founder, CEO and President of Francis Financial, Inc., a Wealth Management and Financial Planning firm. With over 18 years of experience in the financial industry, she is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), a Certified Divorce Financial Analyst™ (CDFA™), and a Certified Estate Planning Specialist (CES™). She is the Co-Director of the Association of Divorce Financial Planners’ (ADFP) Greater New York Metro Chapter and a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO) and an honoree member of the Private Risk Management Association (PRMA). A nationally recognized financial expert, Stacy has appeared on ABC News, CNBC, CNN, PBS Nightly Business Report, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Fine Living Network, and The O’Reilly Factor. Stacy attended the New York University Center for Finance, Law and Taxation.