(Closed) In-expensive Date night ideas?

posted 8 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We only do matinees movies to save money. A lot of times our dates are usually during the day and we’re home at night. We’ll rent movies or play games. We’ll get tickets to concerts occassionally or go to an amusement park (we have season passes).

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

A really inexpensive date we have is wine tasting at wineries.  It’s so much fun, tasting sometimes run from $10 to even being free (complimentary from the winery for visiting).  The scenery is always nice and it makes for a great day trip!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Sometimes we’ll rent a movie at redbox, grill out, have some wine/beer and make big chocolate chip cookies with ice cream and hot fudge. Or we’ll invite some friends over for dinner or go over to their place for dinner. If we go to the movies we usually sneak in snacks 🙂 Another great movie option is the drive in! $7 per person to see two brand new movies!

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Honestly, we both lead such busy lives, my favorite date night is just curl up with some take out and watch a movie.  Its a nice contrast because we’re always going out to dinner or for drinks for events or with friends.  I love doing that, but it gets tiresome!  Other times we’ve just gotten one drink at a bar/lounge and gone to Barnes & Noble to get a couple books from the sale rack.  Or, you guys can cook an inexpensive meal together.  Pizza works because its easy, cheap and you can get creative.  Also, I don’t know what kind of area you live in, but I’d check the papers or local websites for some free community activities too.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Most big cities have a local magazine/newpaper and publishes the best “cheap eats” in your city, so i’d start there. But our other cheap dates nights include:

hiking and biking on local trails, visiting the free museums (DC has tons of them), drinking some good wine while working on a puzzle together, visiting local flea and farmers markets, grilling out on the patio with friends, checking out local parks, screen on the green (movies on the giant lawn in front of the capital building that are free), local dive bars that have really cheap beer, going out for just coffee and cupcakes…and thats just a few things i could think of randomly!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We live in a small town outside the big city, and the movie theatre has “Cheap Tuesdays”  It’s $10 for admission, a large drink and a large popcorn.  Do you have somewhere like that near you?  We used to play Wii a lot and would get competitive, so it was fun.  We also golf a lot together, but that’s not really inexpensive.  Do you have a coupon book that offers 2 for 1 deals to local zoos/amusement parks/theatre etc?  We’ve used a lot of those.

We have been thinking of ideas of new things to do lately and some things my Fiance came up with are grabbing a basketball and heading to an outdoor court to play 21, grabbing the camera and taking pictures around the city “photography night”, going to a local tea house and bring the laptop to research our next trip or something, going for walks, having a backyard bbq or picnic.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

There is tons of things to do (i’m really big into cheap date nights cause i’m cheap, haha)

Instead of supper, just go out for dessert or cocktails. That way you can go to a swanky restaurant and only spend $10. 

As far as movies go, tape movies when they come on tv. Or rent dvds (for free!) from your public library. Also,  in my city, there are some gas stations and drug stores where you can rent new releases for a dollar.

It can be fun to be creative. Walk around the local farmers market or go to some garage sales. Go biking. Have a picnic. Go to a free outdoor skating rink.

and honestly don’t underestimate the awesomeness of stay-in dates. Melt some chocolate for fondue, light some candles, lay down a blanket on the floor and viola!… awesome, romantic (and sexy) night. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am a huge Netflix fan! Seriously, love it. You get a new movie every few days and if you like movies, you can find anything in the database. You also get a DVD that can hook up to your TV (or if your Fiance is like mine, it goes through a PS3) and you can download movies instantly.

Ok, sorry, that sounds like a commercial but if you find the prices of movies theatres high, I would recommend that.

A little takeout, a Netflix, a bottle of wine=Perfect.

Pasta+Godfather movie+bottle of wine… there’s a theme going on here! 🙂

 

Check out local parks or museums too, they often have discounted tickets online or dates/times of discounted rates.

My Fiance and I will do dinner at home then go out for dessert. It’s just a little treat but I love it oh so much. (For other Boston Bees, I’m talking cannolis from the North End, yum!)

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Some ideas (some we have done, some we haven’t)

– Walks in a city park

– Visit a museum or planetarium

– Art galleries

– Having friends over (can be expensive – but not if you are careful about $$$)

– Just having a special dinner at home (ie – eating at the table and not in front of the TV)

– Take a class – yoga, crafts & hobbies, cooking… the course fee may be $$ but over weeks it ends up being much cheaper than a movie.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Pho for dinner then Bowling Laughing

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

Last night was our date night. We went to see an Aerosmith concert and got the tickets for $5 each. It was a weeknight so there was no drinking but we had a great time anyway. I use a separate email account purely for junk mail that I can use to sign up for deals and promos. Live Nation happen to offer $5 tickets for 12 hours on a random Tuesday that I came across so I snapped them up. My local GroupOn site sometimes offers deals for Clay n Latte’ (ceramic painting) so that’s another one we’ve done. We’ve done bowling, the driving range or go-carts. We’ve made use of free admission on the first Tuesday of every month at our local museum. We’ve collected a variety of red and white wines to do our own wine tasting then hot tub later in the night. There are so many deals and offers out there that you can make use of as long as you are flexible.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have a few theaters that show movies about 2 months after they are in the regular theaters…If we go there, it’s $1.50 for admission per person or 75 cents each on Mondays! We do this when we are in the mood for a movie but not for a specific one.

We also like to go to Fazoli’s and split a meal. I know it sounds silly, but the portions are big enough and the breadsticks are free, so dinner for two for us is like $6.

Another thing we do quite often is go thrifting or antiquing. It’s fun to look at old stuff, you can find some pretty neat things at pretty good prices!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have a few theaters that show movies about 2 months after they are in the regular theaters…If we go there, it’s $1.50 for admission per person or 75 cents each on Mondays! We do this when we are in the mood for a movie but not for a specific one.

We also like to go to Fazoli’s and split a meal. I know it sounds silly, but the portions are big enough and the breadsticks are free, so dinner for two for us is like $6.

Another thing we do quite often is go thrifting or antiquing. It’s fun to look at old stuff, you can find some pretty neat things at pretty good prices!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have a few theaters that show movies about 2 months after they are in the regular theaters…If we go there, it’s $1.50 for admission per person or 75 cents each on Mondays! We do this when we are in the mood for a movie but not for a specific one.

We also like to go to Fazoli’s and split a meal. I know it sounds silly, but the portions are big enough and the breadsticks are free, so dinner for two for us is like $6.

Another thing we do quite often is go thrifting or antiquing. It’s fun to look at old stuff, you can find some pretty neat things at pretty good prices!

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