While a night out complete with entertainment, fine dining, and casually strolling about the town taking in all the gorgeous sights and everything that your city has to offer is often the pinnacle of a date night for most; the realities of life and our personal budgets often leave that as more of a fantasy than reality.
Just because times are tough and budgets are tight doesn’t mean you and your partner can’t create cherished memories together even without all the fancy bells-and-whistles of a more traditional date night. This week the team at Luurve goes over 6 practical yet frugal and thrifty date night ideas for dating on a budget.
Take a Hike
Regardless of whether you’re an avid athlete or less of an active person, getting back out to nature strolling trails is an outstanding way to connect and share time with your partner. No matter if you’re challenging each other to trek up mountain sides or taking in gorgeous scenes in the woods, hiking makes for an outstanding bonding experience and a great activity in general.
If you happen to live in a fairly rural area or at least live close enough to one you can take advantage of sites such as Alltrails for ideas in your area that match your skill level and experience. Even if you happen to be stranded in the confines of the concrete jungle, traversing all the side-streets and neighborhoods of your city is a great way to spend time and better familiarize yourself with your area.
Make a Meal
They say the fastest way to the heart is through the stomach, right? Breaking bread and sharing a meal with someone is a mainstay of fostering a connection and a traditional staple of date-nights all over the world. Often times crafting the meal from scratch with someone you love is a deeper and more rewarding experience than sharing the meal itself.
Take turns alternating cooking the others favorite meal, tackle that recipe you saw on Facebook or Pinterest that one time that you’ve been meaning to try, try something completely different that’s far outside either of your comfort zones and open your minds as well as expand your palettes. You can expand this date by packing up your meal alongside some utensils and make a picnic out of it for the two of you to enjoy together.
Grab a Coffee
Coffeehouses and Cafes have been a social gathering staple for centuries, and for good reason: coffee, tea, and pastries tend to be less expensive date fare, while the shop itself offers a cozy and comfortable atmosphere for two people to sit down and catch up or simple spend time with one another.
Coffee shops also tend to benefit from location as well. Whether the two of you are getting together in the heart of downtown, in the middle of a developing arts district, or something a little more scenic in a more quaint part of town, coffee shops offer a pleasant climate for bonding with the person you care about.
A cornerstone and hallmark staple of the traditional date night since the days of courting: enjoying a movie with someone you care about is a simple yet tried-and-true date night option. Unfortunately with the rising costs of entertainment and concessions paired with rapidly rising inflation, sometimes a night out at the theatre isn’t always the most practical of options.
Thankfully, cuddling up with your partner to enjoy an engaging film and your favorite snacks together at home can be just as if not even more memorable of a date together. With the advent of convenient streaming services and it being simpler than ever to have food delivered directly to your door (and we’re not talking typical “delivery” fare either) there’s almost more drawback to the headaches and hangups of going out for the more traditional cinema experience rather than simply staying in.
Unless you’re more of the artistic type, then it’s probably been a while since you’ve actually sat down and crafted something with your hands. No matter your medium–whether it be painting, drawing, sculpting, or music: artistic expression offers a myriad of interesting ways to engage with your partner in playful and creative ways.
Decorate your living space together in exciting and interesting new ways, take a trip to the local hobby shop and stock up on as many supplies as possible, or even just break out some pens and paper and start doodling away. The only thing limiting your potential and options here are your own imagination, and even if it’s not the most active sometimes just beginning a project is enough to spark your creative drive.
A very simple yet often overlooked choice for a thrifty date night idea is taking a trip to a local botanical garden or arboretum with your loved one. These vistas offer romantic and scenic landscapes usually on gorgeous historical sites, and often offer low-cost or even free admission with the option of guided tours.
There’s something so tranquil and comforting about taking in these gorgeous breathtaking scenes as you hold hands with the person who brings so much to your world. They’re also more often than not located closer than you may think and make a great middle ground between strolling a forest and roaming the concrete jungle.
We know that life can be difficult at times, we want to give our partners the world but the realities of life don’t always allow us to do so in the ways we would like. Luckily bonding and sharing time with our loved ones doesn’t have to be this grand drummed-up affair that breaks the bank. With just a bit of careful planning and creativity you can make even the most mundane activities truly memorable events to cherish and behold. Do you have any creative date night ideas for those on a budget? Do you have any questions or anything you would like for us to expand upon? Feel free to let us know down in the comments below!
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