16 Jun

Cheap doesn’t have to equal boring. If anything, it means you get to be a little more creative with planning the date. Plus, you get to think up exciting, out-of-the-box ideas and put in that extra effort. 

  1. Browse at a bookstore. If you and your date both find books you want to read, put them on hold for pickup at your local library (and read them for free!).
  2. Listen to your throwback records, vintage tapes or mix CDs. Pick the albums that were special to you while you were dating. Or if you’re currently dating, share the music that was important to each of you earlier in life.
  3. Go out to breakfast. It’s the most important meal of the day, and it’s a cheaper date than going out to dinner. There’s no rule out there saying you can’t have a date in the morning. So go ahead! Plus, who doesn’t love bacon, eggs and pancakes?
  4. Watch the sunset or sunrise. It’s sweet and simple and romantic. And best of all, it’s free!
  5. Celebrate the year you met, got married or started dating. Watch a popular movie or listen to music from that year and recreate the styles of the time. If the year was 1983, I’m sorry for the fashion options, but you’ll have some of the most iconic movies and music to choose from!
  6. Take a dance lesson. There are tons of dance studios that offer casual dance instruction and an open dance floor to practice your moves afterward. This is a great way to perfect your salsa, ballroom or disco dance moves together.
  7. Enjoy a sporting event. All right, going to watch the pros play isn’t going to be cheap (unless you can score a great discount). But don’t worry, you can still be a fan in the stands. Take in a local college or high school game, and chat with your date about your own sporty glory days.
  8. Volunteer together. Use your time to serve at a homeless shelter or elderly ministry. It’s amazing how helping others can bring you closer together.
  9. Run errands together. How is running errands romantic, you ask? You leave your kids at home with a sitter. Yep! You’ll be surprised how much fun you have strolling the aisles of Target or picking up groceries—just the two of you.
  10. Take pictures at a city mural. Be a tourist in your own town with a local mural photoshoot.
  11. Go to an open mic night. You never know what kind of talent you’ll get to hear!

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