My husband and I went on an inexpensive date recently. We went out to eat at Panera Bread splitting the You Pick Two. He got the sandwich and I got the salad. We both ordered water to drink. Total $6.95. Then we went to the beach to see the sunset. We tried to see the full moon on the way home, but it was hidden behind clouds. Free. We stopped by the grocery store to get brownie mix – yea Ghirardelli was on sale – $1.74. We went home and made some brownies together.

Here are some more ideas from my article Frugal Dates:

  • Have an indoor picninc with a blanket, food and wine. Turn on your nature CD and imagine a sunset.
  • Paint together or tour a local art gallery.
  • Go for a walk along the beach at sunset.
  • Go on a "tour" of your city. Explore all the hidden parts of your town you miss just living there.
  • Borrow a rowboat and go on an evening ride.
  • Do an all-nighter, Rent some romantic movies like "Legends of the Fall" and "Last of the Mohicans." Snuggle close. Go for a walk under the stars. Dance to the radio. Then sleep in the next day.
  • Have a long pillow fight.
  • Fly a kite together.
  • Candlight dinner at home.
  • Go visit some expensive model homes and pretend you can actually afford to buy them. "I don’t know if the bathroom is big enough. Do you think it could fit the spa and the sauna?"
  • Go on a hike with your honey. Take pictures of the wildlife. Cuddle when you get to your destination.
  • Visit the tallest building nearby, like the Sears Tower. Absolutely breathtaking at night watching the lights.
  • Lay a blanket out in the backyard and go star-gazing. Get a constellation book from the library and see how many you can find.
  • Meet in a hotel lobby and pretend you are meeting for the first time as strangers.
  • Visit a free zoo together. Discover each other’s favorite animals.
  • Take a bubble bath for two. Enjoy some soft music, candles and lots of bubbles!
  • Visit a museum together on no admission day. In many places that is Tuesday. Call your local museum and see when the cheapest days are.
  • Browse a bookstore together at one that includes a coffeehouse. Sip coffee and read to each other.
  • Plan a dream vacation. Get brochures and have fun dreaming.
  • Go to the two dollar movie theater.
  • Go out for ice cream cones.
  • Visit a pet store and play with the kittens.
  • Listen to a concert in the park. Many have no cost at all.
  • Go shopping at 2AM at an all night store. No need to buy anything. Hold hands the whole time.
  • Test drive a Caddilac.
  • Dress up and go to McDonald’s.
  • Go for an evening stroll.
  • Share a chocolate shake together with two straws.
  • Exchange backrubs with some fragrant oil.
  • Take funny and romantic pictures of each other. Then spend another night looking at them together.
  • Or go through past photos of you together.
  • Go to the airport and watch the planes take off. Imagine where they might be going.
  • Go dancing.
  • Play poker or another game with some fun stakes.
  • Trade houses with a friend for the weekend.
  • Have your spouse teach you how to play pool. Get nice and close.
  • See a play at the local high school or college.
  • Go to the carnival when it is in town, on the ride all the rides for $13 all night.
  • Go garage saling or rummaging for antiques.
  • Take a long drive and talk.
  • Have a heated game of one on one basketball at the park while kids are at school.
  • Go for a bicycle ride. Follow the tour signs, go on back roads, make discoveries.
  • Work out at the gym together. Spot each other.
  • Go bowling.
  • Take a pup tent to a campground for the night. A peaceful night all to yourselves.
  • Compete in computer games.
  • Go roller-blading across town together.
  • Go cross-country skiing, if you already own the equipment.
  • Cook a meal together.

What are your favorite frugal dates?

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