With Valentines day fast approaching, I wanted to put together some ideas of what you could do to have fun on a budget. Most of these ideas are free or at most under $20.00. Living on a budget can be hard, but it doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Just get creative and try some of these ideas. Let me know what you think, and If you use one of them let me know how it goes. I’ll keep you posted as Melissa and I try them out ourselves
Go ice skating on a frozen pond
This may not be the ideal date for all parts of the country. I live in LA so this would be more like a cold swim instead of a hot date. If you live somewhere chilly but not frozen, try making a thermos of hot chocolate and sitting someplace romantic like a scenic overlook.
Make a snowman family
Not for everyone but you could replace this date with folding origami cranes for good luck in the New Year.
Go snow sledding
I grew up in warm climates so snow is not something I am used to. With that said, I have been sledding as an adult, and it is incredible fun. Reach back to your childhood and have some good old-fashioned fun with your partner.
Make a fort and watch a movie
You will need lots of blankets, a TV, snacks, a movie and a little creativity. Channel your inner child for this fun date idea.
Valentine’s Date Ideas
Set up dinner somewhere unexpected.
This weekend happens to be Valentine’s Day. How do you throw an epic Valentine’s date on a budget? Easy! Get creative! Scout out a romantic location where you can set up a table and chairs and have a meal. It’s best to think out of the box for this one. Personally, I’m a fan of building rooftops. Make sure it’s a flat, safe, and sturdy roof. Emergency room trips are not romantic. A well-lit park or a scenic overlook can be cool, too. If you have a friend that’s willing to help you setup that works even better. Once you have your location, cook your meal. You can find a ton of meal ideas online. If you’re not a great cook, order takeout. Pick up your partner and drive to your secret dinner date spot. Blindfolds work well if you still need a few minutes to set things up once you get there.
Go to an observation deck.
Most big cities have at least one skyscraper with an observation deck. If you’re lucky there is no cost to go up and check out the city you live in.
Take a dance class.
There a lot of community centers and organizations that have free dance lessons. You might check out Meetup.com to see if there is a dance group in your area. If that doesn’t work many dance schools offer a free or reduced rate introductory lesson or couples night. So strap your dance shoes on and catch the Friday Night Fever for this fun date idea.
Go for a picnic in the park
A picnic is an amazing way to show that you love someone. Pack a simple lunch: sandwiches, a few drinks, chips, fruit, and of course chocolate. Do some scouting to find your perfect location ahead of time. Bring a little radio or speaker for your phone to set the mood and a blanket if the ground is questionable. This makes a great lunch break date idea as well.
Classic Car Show
Most metro areas have free weekend car shows or car club gatherings in the spring and summer months. If your significant other is a gearhead or enjoys classic americana, this date could be a winner. Combo this event with a picnic in the park for a home run.
Community Live Music
You can find free community concerts in the spring, summer and fall. These concerts feature local performers with a wide variety of performances. Check your city’s cultural website or call the tourism office for fees, concert times, and locations.
Art Walks are a growing trend in many major cities. These are nights when local artists and galleries open their doors to the general public. This is a great way for galleries to promote art and culture and a good place for you to hang out with the person you love. In LA, the Art Walk has joined with the growing food truck market to create a major art and culinary experience. Get there early or take public transit because parking is always a premium.
Towns, churches, and schools host craft shows throughout the year. These gatherings of artists from around the community can be a nice weekend afternoon date. Beware though you can find yourself making unanticipated purchases. Look for craft shows in the spring, fall, and right before the holidays.
Free Date at the Museum.
Most major museums offer a free day during the week. This can make for a nice weeknight rendezvous. Some museums extend their free days to the weekend during the year. A web search or a phone call is all it takes to lock down this date idea.
Go for a coffee picnic.
This is a variant on the picnic idea. If you are coffee or tea lovers this could be an amazing date. Brew up a pot of your favorite coffee or tea and put it in a thermos. Pack a bag with some cookies, croissants, biscottis, or sconces. Put a small speaker and a blanket in the bag, then pick a spot with a good view. I live in LA, so a view of the ocean is a winner. Take your partner on a short hike to your look out spot and lay out the blanket. Turn Spotify, Pandora, or Slacker Radio to their coffee-house station and enjoy a good view, good coffee, and good company.
Farmer’s Market Couples Cooking
This is one that I want to try. Find a recipe online that you can cook with your significant other. Then go with them to you local farmers market. In the warmer months, cities will sponsor farmer’s markets where local farmers bring beautiful produce in and put up incredible displays. Take some time and stroll through the market while getting items for your recipe. Then head home and cook up an amazing dinner or lunch together.
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