Frugal Dates

May 27, 2014

in the generous life

Need time with your sweetie? Funds a little tight?

Go to a movie earlier in the day for matinee prices.
Use coupons (Check out Groupon for date night deals).
Put your change in a jar and use that for date nights.
Go out for coffee and dessert (instead of a whole meal).
Ship the kids off to a friend’s house and have a date at home.
Go to free or cheap events (check the “about town” section of your newspaper or city website).
Take up a free (or near free) hobby together (like photography or bird watching).

Yeah, yeah. I know you’ve heard this stuff before, but don’t let this just sit in your In Box. Get creative!

Save your change and use it to go see that movie your sweetie has been looking forward to (matinee prices) and then stop to share a dessert.

Watch a local sports team compete and then share a picnic lunch in the park.

Go hiking or bird watching (take munchies).

Meet weekly for coffee and conversation.

Share a lovely dinner on the patio at sunset (ship out the kids or have them dress up and serve y’all as waiters).

 When you personalize these simple ideas, you can create a date idea that will work for you. Don’t let a lack of funds keep you from having fun with your sweetie.

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.  Dr. Suess

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Sophie May 27, 2014 at 4:44 am

Love these suggestions! I know you didn’t ask for reader contributions but I’m going to anyway ;)
My husband and I have just started ‘Mystery Dining’ (we’re in the UK, but perhaps you have something similar in the States?). We sign up to visit local pubs and restaurants, then fill out a questionnaire and write up a report about the food, service, etc., and the cost of the meal gets reimbursed into our bank account a few weeks later. There’s a cap on how much you can be reimbursed but it usually covers two courses and a drink, which is plenty for us.
We also like to go to the gym together a couple times a week (necessary to burn off all that free food lol!) – we tend to work out separately but we walk about 20 minutes there and back together so it still feels like we’re hanging out. Gym memberships aren’t always frugal, I realise (!) but if you shop around and/or haggle you can often get a deal.
One other free idea is to take a thermos of coffee and a book to a park and take turns reading aloud to each other. We try to pick a book that will promote a bit of debate – currently we’re reading ‘Every Good Endeavour’ by Tim Keller, about God’s purposes for work.

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Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort May 27, 2014 at 5:07 am

Great ideas! Sonic has half-priced shakes after 8 PM all summer…we can share a shake for just over a dollar. That’s our default date this summer! =)

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Lori - The Generous Wife May 27, 2014 at 8:35 am

Thanks for sharing your creative ideas. :)

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Kelli May 27, 2014 at 11:31 am

We recently started geocaching. It is fun and it can be done for free or very little $. I don’t consider myself an outdoorsy person, but geocaching makes a walk in the park into an mini adventure. It puts you and your spouse on the same team, which is a great relationship builder. Our children like it, too, if your date night turns into a family outing. :)

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