Post # 1
I have been working long hours for the last few weeks – I work from home and have had strict deadlines which has meant working up until I go to bed some nights.
Tomorrow evening I am going to turn my computer (and phone) off and want to spend some quality time with my man.
We are busy saving for our wedding at the moment and don’t have much spare cash. I would like to do something special (watching Netflix is our normal go to activity).
Give me some ideas or tell about your favourite cheap dates.
Post # 2
If you have Amazon prime there are a ton of movies to rent for under $5. Buy some popcorn candy and soda at the store and date night under $20.
Post # 3
In my city there are a lot of free things around us! Free entrance to the zoo, history museum, art museum, etc. Also, there are a lot of free outdoor concerts or other events it the parks. Look around facebook for stuff to do in your area that would be free!
Other than that, have a picnic in the park, go for a hike or a bike ride, or just stay in and fix a good dinner together. There are a lot of stuff you can do for free/cheap, you just have to get creative!
Post # 4
My personal favourite free or cheap dates are:
* Having a homemade picnic at the park,
* Hikes and nature walks on nature reserves,
* Exhibition openings, lectures or just plain browsing at the local art gallery,
* The Alliance Francaise (an organisation that organises French cultural activities in my city) often has free film evenings. The films are in French but have English subtitles.
* Walks on the beach (if you have one) followed by homemade cocktails in the sand,
* candlelit dinner at home or even in an unusual location. One of my most memorable Valentine’s Days was when my ex-husband surprised me with a candlelit dinner (takeaway pizza and a bottle of wine) in the middle of the paddock at the stables where I kept my horses.
* Go nature watching if you are into that. For my birthday this past year, me and my loved ones took a drive to a nature reserve with homemade dinner and drinks to watch the barn swallows come in to nest for the evening. The entrance fee was a few bucks.
* Play boardgames or card games either at home or at your favourite location. Play pool, darts, whatever you’re into, at a local pub. This is cheap, and being gently competitive keeps things fun and playful between a couple.
Post # 5
Our favorite is cooking a nice meal together at home. It’s really simple seeming, but when the goal is just quality time together, it’s perfect. You can make an experience out of it. Go on a leisurely stroll through the grocery store, maybe even without a plan, and see what ideas call to you. Get a full spread – appetizer, dinner, and dessert. We love wine so usually also pick out a bottle to share. When we get home, I put on my skimpiest pajamas, we turn our favorite music on, pop the bottle, and dance on each other while prepping and cooking. Set the table nice, candles and all. No tv, sit across from one another so you can really look into each other’s eyes and be present during the meal. If you’re not too full, proceed to the bedroom. Easy, sexy, intimate date night.
Post # 6
I know its similar to Netflix BUT RedBox, like the $1-2 movies for a night from Walmart/Walgreens/McDonalds, etc. They have an app you can reserve DVDs from. That’s probably Darling Husband and I’s “go-to” date night if we want to not spend much BUT we enjoy it a ton. Unlike a normal Netflix night, we put our phones in another room and enjoy the movie.
I think the biggest difference when we do this is the food. It sounds so silly, but I will usually do stress-free food and in any order we want. When we do RedBox nights is usually popcorn + frozen pizza + ice cream. Half the time we start with popcorn then end with pizza. Like its just relaxing to not stress about dinner or the order in which we eat.
Post # 7
Take a picnic to somewhere quiet with a nice view.
A bottle of red wine and play chess
Get out the guitar and have a singalong.
Post # 8
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
londongirl1988 : I am a big fan of going for a scenic drive. Maybe it’s because that’s what we always did as teenagers, but I think putting together a playlist and talking in the safe intimate space of your human habitat on wheels is a very satisfying way to spend an evening.
Post # 9
Sunshine024 : Do you live in St. Louis? I lived there for 4 years and I loved summers there for that reason. There was always so much to do.
londongirl1988 : I’m a big fan of parks, nature walks, walks in general. I am not a super active person, but I really enjoy being outdoors. Some of our best quality time is spent walking at a park or taking our dog to the dog park and watching the him be an idiot. Also, totally unromantically, we love doing yardwork together. We have rented a small community garden plot for the summer, and every weekend we head over to work on the land and watch our plants grow. Then we head home and do the same thing. Not for everyone, but it really brings us together.
When it was too cold this winter, I went to the thrift store and bought jigsaw puzzles for $1-2. We would do them together while watching TV. It made things a little more interactive than sitting next to each other and staring blankly at the screen. When we finished the puzzle, I donated them back. I figured it was a rental fee.
Also +1 for everyone who said cooking together. It’s pretty fun to find a recipe to try and both work together to prep the meal. In the summer, grilling is always a fun thing to do.
Facebook can be a great resource for free openings. Art museums and galleries sometimes have days when the exhibits are free. Food festivals can be fun and cheap. Take a trip to the farmer’s market. You don’t have to buy anything, but they’re often very festive and full of neat things to look at and try.
Post # 10
When we were students, my boyfriend planned a cheap night out for us that was wonderful. He drove us up to a lookout point over the city. He had brought a couple of fancy desserts from a bakery, a fork and a thermos of cafe latte and he put on a old fashioned radio play. It was an vintage Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes from the early 1940’s. We ate and drank and listened to the mystery looking down on the city lights. It was a really nice evening. We managed to squeeze in a few smooches too, once the play had ended.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI
I just read something that said go to goodwill or other thrift store. You each are challenged to put together an outfit for the other for $15. Then you both wear the outfit to dinner. I thought it sounded fun!
Post # 12
londongirl1988 : I bet I’m someone’s
Post # 13
We enjoy doing wine tastings. Many places do them for very low cost or even for free. Today, we are going to pack a picnic and go to a local winery that does tastings for under $10 and just enjoy some time together.