Dating on a Budget: Part 2!

dsc_0718_blogMore cheap date ideas? YES PLEASE!

I mean, sure, fancy restaurants and trips around the world can be nice, but those are once-in-a-while treats (for most of us, at least). Wouldn’t it be nice to have more frequent date nights? Wouldn’t it be sweet to spend more quality time together and NOT break the bank?
Well, you’re in luck. Because I have a few more tried-and-true CHEAP date night ideas for YOU and your boo! (Some of these ideas are geared towards married couples, but I’m sure my not-married-yet friends will find a gem or two in here also!)

(This is a follow-up ‘part 2‘ to my original post, “Dating on a Budget”. If you haven’t seen that post yet, you can check it out here:
https://alovelysomethingblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/dating-on-a-budget/ )

I hope you love these ideas, and maybe even try a few! 🙂

Ok here we go:

  • Re-Live Your Childhood

Dash over to your nearest Toy Store, and pick out one toy each- something you would have loved to receive when you were a kid. Use the opportunity to tell each other fun stories and share memories from your childhood. If you choose to, you could purchase the toys to donate to a charity like Toys for Tots or Operation Christmas Child.

  • D.I.Y. Restaurant

There are a couple ways to try this idea- either you can both cook together and set up a candle-lit table for two, OR you could let your spouse/significant other know that you’ll be taking care of dinner, and ask them to show up after you’ve already prepared a delicious meal and decorated a table for you both. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion- catch him/her off guard! One of the sweetest memories I have is of a 3-course meal Kevin surprised me with while we were dating. He invited me over to his house for dinner, and when I arrived I found candles, flowers, and an amazing meal waiting for us on a table he decorated. Priceless!

  • Wedding Video Movie Night 

Whether you’re a newlywed, or you’ve been married for years, it’s time to dust off your wedding day video and reminisce! Kevin and I did this on our first anniversary, and it was the most wonderful date night. Build a fort out of bed sheets, or spread a picnic blanket on the living room floor, and laugh about the amazing memories you’ve already made together. (You don’t have to wait until your anniversary to enjoy your wedding day all over again! Bust out the video or the photo album and thank God for blessing you with each other!)

  • Keep Calm and Groupon

Make it a challenge! Groupon has more online coupons than you can imagine- so incorporate frugality into your date night! From winery tours, to exotic new restaurants, to mini-golf… it’s always fun to score discounts to local restaurants and enjoy nearby activities at a fraction of the price. First, set a budget limit (i.e. $10 each, $15 each, etc.), and then divide the fun between you (i.e. You pick dinner, and then your boo finds a fun local activity under the ‘Something to Do’ category).  Make sure to read the fine print first so that you know you’ll be able to use the Groupon right away! Then surprise each other with your frugal selections. Keep an open mind, and most importantly, have FUN!

  • Play ‘The Newlywed Game’

It’s not just for TV, and it’s not just for newlyweds! Any married couple could enjoy this “game show” themed evening together.  Rock out to your favorite music while you search online for ‘Newlywed Game Questions’ lists which include categories (i.e. ‘Dating’, ‘The Wedding’, ‘Life’, etc.), print out the list of questions, and then use the list to take turns asking questions from each category.  When one of you asks a question, both of you secretly write down your answer to the question AND what you think your spouse’s answer might be. You can write these two answers on separate dry-erase boards or papers, then on the count of three reveal your answers. Hilarity is certain to ensue! (BONUS: If you’re a competitive couple, tally up your points from questions you answer correctly (which match your spouse’s answer), and get creative with a special prize!)

  • Blast from the Past

If possible, take an afternoon tour of the significant places in your relationship. Pack a picnic to bring along if there’s a mini road-trip involved! A few ideas:

-Visit the place where you first met.
-Where you had your first date.
-Where you got engaged (if you’re already engaged or married)
-Where you got married.
-Etc.

It’s amazing how many fun recollections will spring to life when you literally walk down memory lane!

  • Celebrate New Years EARLY!

Who says you have to wait til December 31st? Pop open a bottle of your favorite champagne, and get ready to ring in 2017 with a fresh new set of GOALS! Goals are SO important. Everyone sets New Years resolutions at some point in their lives, but the follow-through is difficult when there aren’t measurable goals set in place. Write them down together, make it REAL.
Here are a few goal categories Kevin and I have found to be a helpful way to organize and process through our plans and dreams:

1.) Spiritual Goals (How can we grow closer to God, and put our faith into action?)
2.) Relational Goals (How can we strengthen our marriage and other important relationships in our lives?)
3.) Financial Goals (How can we steward our resources wisely, budget carefully, give generously, and enjoy experiences that mean the most to us?)
4.) Career Goals (How can we make the most of the jobs that God has provided us with? How can we glorify God where we are, seek the right opportunities, and wisely determine what our next career steps will be?)
5.) Personal Development Goals (How can we be physically healthier? How can we cultivate our hobbies and make time for the things we’re excited about? What new challenges will we tackle in the next year? How do we develop our character?)

So, grab a pen and paper, throw a hand-full of celebratory confetti, and then spend some time dreaming together as a couple about both long-term and short term goals for the coming year(s).  Kevin and I have grown so much closer as a couple and experienced much more success as we pursue our goals as a couple. The first step is talking about those dreams and plans together, so why not make a date night out of it? 😉

If you’ve made it this far, thank you for taking the time to read this! If you try any of these ideas, please let me know! Feel free to comment below, or send me a message- I’d love to hear from you (and maybe steal one or two of YOUR cheap date night ideas if you’re willing to share!).

God bless, and happy dating! 🙂

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Dating on a Budget: Part 2!

  1. I love this post so much! My boyfriend and I are going strong for 2 years and we’re wayyyy past the “take me somewhere fancy and impress me with gifts” stage and so this is a great list to look back on when we just couldn’t decide on what to do. Definitely bookmarking this page ❤ Would love a few more posts like this from you 🙂

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