Dates on a Budget!


Whether you are newlyweds, celebrating your 20th anniversary as a married couple or are going on your first blind date planning for a date that both partners can enjoy is nerve-racking; trying to plan a date on a budget can be downright stressful.

Hopefully these date ideas will help alleviate some of that pressure because some of the greatest experiences don’t require a lot of cash because little chemistry and a little creativity can go a long way. The most important factor in planning a date on a budget is that the couple is enjoying quality time together.

Take a Hike

It’s summertime, and in most parts of the country the days are hot and the nights are balmy, so getting in the outdoors and enjoying mother nature is probably one of the best ways to enjoy each other’s company. Most places around the country have excellent trails, and there are most likely going to be trails for multiple fitness levels. So whether you both are experienced mountaineers or hiking newbies, checking out some of the local trails in the area is an excellent date for newlyweds, an older married couple or your first blind date.

Thrift Shopping

Thrift stores can be a ton of fun, and even if you’re not into second-worn clothing, or have never experienced a thrift store, most people can get a kick out of all the eclectic and vintage stuff that you can find at your local thrift stores.

There’s not much more that embodies a “budget date” more than checking out some of the local thrift stores in your area and checking out some of the funky and bargain clothing, and furniture at a thrift store!

Go on a Run

Going on a run together is potentially a great first date (assuming you both are at an acceptable fitness level to go on 20-30 minute jog), and if the both of you really enjoy this type of activity it could turn into a long term pursuit due to the fact that both of you could also start training for a marathon. If you’re not up to running for 26.2 miles, maybe target smaller goals like training for a local 10k or 5k race.

Regardless if you decide to take the plunge and train for a race if you’re able to have fun, spend time and get fit together it’s a win-win situation for both of you.

Visit the Farmer’s Market

The local farmer’s market has a wealth of healthy and organic foods, as well as a place for local artists to showcase and sell their most recent merchandise. To make the most of your farmer’s market date is the night before plan a meal with ingredients you know you’re going to find at the market. In the morning check out the farmer’s market, pick up your ingredients and then put your dishes together that night.

Even if you’re not into cooking a dinner from ingredients from your local farms, the farmer’s market is usually a ton of fun to check out.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Practically everyone that gives indoor rock climbing a shot has a blast! There are a lot of different levels of boulders and walls to climb on, so regardless of your fitness level or upper body strength almost everyone can find a suitable wall to climb on. A possible deal breaker could be if your partner is a afraid of heights, but other than that indoor rock climbing is a great way to have fun, get some exercise and get to know one another.

Most indoor rock climbing gyms offer a one day pass for less than $20, and that should include equipment. If this is both you first time rock climbing, safety is always first so it should be a good idea to get a quick lesson, especially if you’re using “top rope” which is where both people use harnesses and one person is anchoring and belaying the other climber.

Quality time on a budget!

With the current economic climate everybody is looking in ways to save money, and if you can find cheap ways to have fun together with your spouse or date than it can drastically increase your quality of life without draining your wallet.

The most important thing to do is to have fun, and spend quality time together, because the old adage rings true, “The couple that plays together, stays together!”

Bobby Dee is a personal finance blogger and also works with consumer credit counseling organization whose credit counselors have been helping consumers get out of credit card debt for over 20 years.

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