Looking for a date night that will not break the bank? Nathan and I often find ourselves wondering where the paychecks went and wishing we could go out. Sometimes, creativity comes into play on nights like these. I have compiled a list of cheap dates that Nathaniel and I find ourselves referring to often. All of these ideas have been tested and we have found them effective and fun!
Nathaniel and I love admiring scenery, whether it be natural or man-made. In the past, we love to walk along the Riverwalk Augusta. My favorite time was late at night. We were the only people there and the sights and smells of the river were serene and beautiful. Living in the country, a walk through the woods are sometimes a quick and easy getaway as well.
Never underestimate the power of a cheesy date. Nathan still remembers the day I made little burritos for him after a long day at work. When he got home, he found a note directing him to our local park. I set one of the stone tables with flowers and tablecloth. Another time, we just sat in the front yard, with pillows and blankets, and spent quiet, quality together. To this day, I think that was my favorite “date.”
Change the Day
Sometimes, changing the day of your date can cut down on costs. A lot of restaurants have specials on their slow days. For example, our local Mexican restaurant has a special menu for Monday-Thursday dinners for $4.99, as well as a deal on drafts. Carrabba’s has a special menu on Monday nights, as well as Chophouse for military and veterans. Most of these specials will save you close to 50% on your meal.
Choose Local Events
Local events can often be fun and family-friendly, so why go to them for a romantic date? Sometimes schools and other organizations put on events that are date-friendly. For example, my college put on a great play just a few months ago called “Smokefall,” and the opening night was black tie. For me, this meant breaking out my prom dress another time and even some extra credit. Tickets were only $10 and the play was spectacular.