Love should not cripple your bank account or credit. And neither should having fun! If you are looking for cheap summer date ideas, you have come to the right place. The Talking Cents team has compiled this collection of tips to help you keep the romance alive without breaking the bank. Have a great summer and reduce credit card debt with these cheap date activities.
My significant other and I enjoy date night even more when we’re not spending a ton of cash. The less we spend on each date, the more dates we can go on. Our budget is mostly focused on paying off debt and building savings, so we only budget around $100 for going out each month. This includes restaurants, movies, etc. Here are a few of our favorite inexpensive but charming summer date activities.
Cheap Summer Date Ideas
Matinee or Outdoor Movie to Reduce Debt
We love the movies but don’t like the high price tag of a Friday night screening. We opt for a weekend matinee, drive-in, or a neighborhood outdoor screening to save money.
Save Money: Dinner at Home, Go Out for Ice Cream
Who needs a whole meal when you can get ice cream?! Make dinner at home and go out for dessert to have a date night. Then you can stay on track to reduce credit card debt.
Hiking for Less
Between mostly free trails or buying a summer park pass to reduce costs, hiking is one of our favorite frugal date activities. It’s even available three seasons out of the year, not just summer.
Enjoy the Water
It’s summer so keep swimming in mind as a date option. Pack a cooler for the day to avoid using a credit card to buy expensive concession food. Do some research about cheap parking areas near your local beach to save even more.
Window or Thrifty Shopping
Hit up a flea market, consignment shop or antique store. I almost never buy anything, but you may find a sweet deal and it’s all about the experience anyway!
Free Live Entertainment for a Date Night
Check out an open mic night. It never ceases to entertain. You can also research music or theatre in the park programs.
With so many affordable date night options, you will be amazed at how fast you can work on eliminating credit card debt. If you feel comfortable, share your financial goals of reducing debt with your significant other. It will help them understand some of your date night decisions and keep you accountable for your purchases. They will most likely be happy to help plan the next cheap summer date night, keeping your budget and goals in mind.