We’re willing to bet you didn’t know that Sunday is Frugal Fun Day (yes, it exists). And since we’re all about budget-friendly living here at GoGirl, we decided a little celebrating was in order. What better way to do so than with a hot date (that’s also friendly on your pocketbook)?
We reached out to members of our community on Twitter for some budget-conscious date suggestions. Here are five great ideas for saving money on a date:
Take Part in a Large Scale Treasure Hunt
Treasure hunts aren’t only for kids! Have you heard of Geocaching? Kali of Common Sense Millenial (@CSMillenial) tuned us into this unique experience. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the Geocache (container) hidden at that location. And by working together to find the Geochache you’ll be able to test whether you guys are truly compatible.
Kali suggests taking a walk, hike, or bike ride with significant other. Even window shopping can be a fun way to spend an afternoon or evening. “Almost every town has a downtown strip or square, and walking around browsing through the stores is fun and of course it’s totally free to look!”
Kim Barnes (@mommy3sons) loves organizing outdoor picnics. There’s still some time left before the weather turns and this type of date can happen on the super-cheap. Grab an inexpensive bottle of wine, some cheese and crackers and you’re good to go!
Do you have friends you love meeting for brunch or dinner? Double dates are fun, but can get pricey. Consider keeping the meals closer to home. Kali loves rotating dinner with different couples — taking turns cooking or creating a pot-luck style feast. It’s fun, social, and budget conscious.
Christa Conn (@EcoskinnyMom) agrees. She loves picking new recipes to try once her kids are in bed and having a “nice home date with grown up conversation at the dinner table!” Check out Feast on the Cheap for budget conscious recipes that taste gourmet.
Has “getting in shape” been on your to-do list for a while now? What better way to spark motivating than by getting your partner on board. Try rock climbing, a yoga class, ice skating, or the ultimate in free cardio — a run. So much easier on the pocketbook — and your belly — than that big dinner you were planning!
Check Out Free Opportunities
Kali suggests researching in your area to see what free activities are going on throughout the year. Every year Smithsonian Magazine offers Museum Day Live!, an event in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free.
If you have an account with Bank of America, you can also gain access to over 150 participating cultural institutions nation-wide on the first full weekend of every month. All you need to do is present your bank or credit card with a valid photo ID.
As Christa says, you can still have a great time without spending big. “Adults need to take a lesson and spice up every day life with laughter and fun. No need for expensive parks or over priced movie tickets!”