Sick of the same ole’ dinner date or movie night? Is date night breaking your budget? Take advantage of the nice weather and try these fun, creative, and budget-friendly date ideas to break up your routine without busting your wallet.
- Free outdoor events. During the summer, the city comes alive with activities. Check out your local newspaper or social sites such as Twitter and Facebook for free events such as outdoor movies, concerts, street fairs, festivals, farmers markets, etc. For example, in Boston free movies are shown every Friday at the Hatch Shell and there is also an upcoming 9-day performing arts festival called Outside the Box that is completely free. If you don’t live close to a major city, check your local library or newspaper for events happening in your town. You will be surprised at how many you will find!
- Take advantage of local parks. Spend the day exploring a local park. Walk or hike the trails or bring your bikes to get some exercise. You can also bring a picnic and board games for a relaxing day in the sun (or shade, whichever you prefer).
- Hit the beach. The beach is an obvious destination on a hot summer’s day. But, don’t forget the beach can be just as calming and fun at night.
- Check Groupon for deals on events, restaurants, movie tickets, etc. Although Groupon can sometimes cost you money instead of save you money, it is a great place to find date ideas and deals on those ideas. Consider Groupon for activities or restaurants that you have always wanted to try, but were always too pricey for your budget.
- Explore a new neighborhood. Even if it’s the town over, exploring a new neighborhood can be exciting. Spend the day window shopping, or check out a new bar or café with a patio and people watch those who go by.
- Look for deals on museums. Sometimes you just want to beat the heat and find a nice air-conditioned spot to spend the day at. Why not a museum? You can spend hours at the museum for a relatively low cost.
- Camping. Pick a night or weekend and camp. It won’t cost you much except the campsite fees (which are generally very low), the cost of gas to get you there (check to see if there are any local campgrounds), and the cost of any food and beverages you will bring (and food should already be part of your budget for the week or month).
Do you have any fun, cheap date nights planned for this summer?