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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