Post # 1
Hi Bees,<br /><br />FI and I don’t have much disposable income at the moment between bills, wedding stuff, other committements and Christmas coming up, even though we both work fulltime. This has meant over the last few months we haven’t spent what I would feel is “quality time” together. Watching TV in the evenings has pretty much been our only time together, and it’s gotten us pretty down.
Well we decided f*** it the other night and went to the drive in. It was amazing! Only cost us around $40AUD for the tickets and we packed our own picnic with a couple of beers. We laid in the back of my 4WD on a mattress and it was just a really good evening together which really perked us up for the rest of the week.
I would like to do more cheap/free things together but as much as I wrack my brain, I can’t think of new ideas. We do go hiking together from time to time which I love, but the weather has to be good and we have to be in the mood for that much excercise.
I would love if the bees could share what they do for quality time together which doesn’t cost the Earth – no matter how small it may seem 🙂
Post # 2
I have not yet done these things, but they are what I always think about doing once we live together after the wedding.
1) Blanket Fort – have a blanket fort set up when he gets home. Hide in there together with glasses of wine and just giggle and cuddle. Maybe listen to an audio book together?
2) Picnic at home! Have a picnic blanket on the ground and eat a lovely meal whilst happily at home.
3) Have a tech free night – no phones, no computer, no TV. Just you two. Talk, play a board game, go for a drive…
Post # 3
- Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter's Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle
We go geocaching pretty regularly – not as much exercise as hiking but it will take you to places in your own city that you didn’t even know existed – we’ve found heaps of interesting places that way! All you need is a smartphone – the caching apps are usually free 🙂
Are there museums or art galleries where you live? Often they’re free to get into (except for special exhibitions) and it can be a great way to spend an afternoon, particularly if it’s wet or cold.
Post # 4
nessdawwg: check out the what’s on website. They have one for pretty much every aussie city. It lists free things to do but also paid things to do.
Could both of you volunteer together? Something like dog walking for the RSPCA or gardening for senior citizens.
There are also a lot of free campsites in Australia. You could find one not too far away and make a weekend of it especially since the weather is getting better.
Post # 5
One of the best and cheapest dates I ever went on was for Valentines Day one year. We took a picnic down to Balmoral Beach and watched a production of Shakespeare by the Sea. It was $10 each to take the ferry from the city out across the harbour, and a donation for the show. A++, would recommend to anyone who has something similar in their city.
We’ve also just gone out to some of the more indie parts of town, getting a light dinner (entrees only, or something cheap and filling like pide) and wandered until we found a band playing a gig. Sometimes the venue will have a $10 cover charge, but usually they won’t. I love live music, even if I don’t know the artists. One time we did this and the band we ended up watching was my cousin’s. It was a total coincidence but it ended up being a great night out.
Post # 6
We made sushi one night, it was fun. We had a little competition out of it, it was sad since I usually cook and my SOs was much better than mine haha. Get a couple bottles of cheap wine (mmm my favorite) and make any kinds of sushi you like.
Post # 7
MissStoGee: Sushi making at home is one of my favorite date nights! It’s so interactive to make!
Another idea is to grab a thermos full of tea and hit up some used book stores. Even if you both leave with a book, it’s a pretty cheap date day.
Post # 8
My top go-to cheap dates:
1. Wine tasting and picnic. We’re surrounded by wineries and most of the tastings are between $5-$10 per person. Plus there’s ALWAYS groupon or livingsocial deals offering tours & tasting combos; some even through in a cheese and cracker platter. If we want to buy a bottle, it’s ~$15 and we pack our own picnic from home.
2. Visit the free zoo or museum on ‘pay what you wish days’
3. Picnic on the bay/beach. I live about 45 minutes to the shore.
4. Free or low cost concerts/performances
5. Festivals. The season is over now that it’s getting cold but it’s always fun to walk around and see all the different things. We went to a food truck festival in Chinatown and it was a lot of fun.
6. Catch the train into the city and just walk around. We stop to get a drink then walk until we find a store or cafe that looks interesting and just wander in.
Post # 9
Check out TheDatingDivas.com. Seriously, they have TONS of date nights themed around different events & holidays, places (at home or out on the town), dates to include kids on or group dates with friends, it’s awesome. I’ve used a bunch of their ideas and we’ve really liked most of them!
The one DH liked the best was the Ghostbuster’s theme night. It’s his hands down favorite 80’s movie and while I thought playing with marshmallows was kinda cheesy, he LOVED it. guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought 🙂
Post # 10
Go to local parks. Cook dinner at home, which is both an activity and a meal.