Cheap Date - Creative Dates on a Budget

A lot of couples are tired of the same old, boring date nights, but in today's economy, a lot of couples don't have a lot of choices even if they are getting to have a date night at all. The best thing you can do for yourself in this economy is to eliminate as much stress as possible and make room for some quiet time with your honey. The good news is that it doesn't have to be at night, there are actually a lot of fun and affordable ideas out there for every time of day.

1.)    A hiking trip. Pick a Saturday, and make a date to visit your nearest state park and their beautiful hiking trails. You can pack a picnic lunch and allow yourself plenty of time to walk slowly and take in the sights, as well as make time to cuddle and enjoy the peace and quiet of nature.

2.)    Visit a nearby museum or art gallery. This can be a refreshing experience if this is completely out of the ordinary for you and your special someone. Even if you go just to learn something new, or giggle over the silly artwork, at least you will be doing it together.

3.)    Take it outdoors for the night. A camping trip is a nice way to shake things up and is cheaper than a hotel or bed and breakfast. Be sure to pick a nice, secluded spot so that it really feels like a getaway. You can enjoy a fun and affordable dinner by roasting hot dogs for dinner and enjoying some marshmallows for dessert.

4.)    Be daydreamers for a day. You can take the afternoon to visit a couple open houses, test drive some cars, or try out some new furniture at a local store. All of these options are not only free, but it is also a lot of fun to pretend like you actually have money to spend for a day.

5.)    Try live entertainment. A lot of local bars and restaurants put on weekend concerts that feature local bands. There may be a small cover charge to get into the bar, but by the time you get in a buy a beer, you've spent as much as you would on a movie ticket, if not less, and you still get to talk to each other!

6.)    Go on a photo scavenger hunt. Send yourselves on a photo scavenger hunt around your town or local mall, but make sure your both in every picture. It may be tricky to always get both of you in it, but it will be a lot of fun and you will end up with a lot of fun new pictures of you and your sweetie.

7.)    Dinner and a movie at home. This may be the same ole', same ole' to you, but you can always put your own spin on it. First if you have kids send them to stay with friends or grandparents for the night. Make sure you have everything you need, so you don't have to go out and get anything. Turn off your cell phones, unplug the home phone, and turn off the PC, make some real time for just each other tonight. You can even go as far as to pretend like all the electricity went out, and just spend time playing a board game and enjoying each other by candlelight (P.S. You'll be saving money on your electric bill too!)

As you can see there are a lot of fun and affordable ideas out there, all you have to do is get creative and see what you can come up with. The important thing is that you are actually making time for you and your special someone, because everyone needs some down time no matter how they get it. So grad your sweetie and make a date, you don't have any excuses anymore.

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