When I was in college and grad school, my guy friends would often complain about the high cost to “wine and dine” their dates. Dating can be expensive, even if you decide to evenly split the bill.
As you get into a long-term relationship with someone it becomes more acceptable to talk about affordable date ideas, rather than trying to impress your partner with a high-priced night out.
Finances and relationships need to go hand in hand. That means that you and your partner need to be on the same page when it comes time to wine and dine.
If one of you constantly wants to drop hundreds on one date night, but the other wants something more affordable, you need to check in with each other.
But, if you’re both on the same page and are looking for a few affordable date ideas, give the following a try.
Picnic in the Park
Spring is here, and for many, that means spending more time outside. Impress your girlfriend or spouse by packing a picnic basket and heading to a nearby park.
If you make the lunch or dinner yourself and bring a bottle of wine, you won’t have to spend much money at all.
Scope out a location in the park before the date. Look for a spot that is semi-private, so that you don’t situate your picnic in the middle of a Frisbee game, for example.
If you really want to surprise your date, lay out the picnic beforehand, then lead her there without saying what your plan is.
Pizza and Movie Night
You can try making your own pizza together at the start of the date. Purchase frozen dough from the supermarket and top the pizza with sauce, cheese and your favorite toppings.
If your cooking skills are questionable, it’s still pretty cheap to order delivery. Eat the pizza as you watch the movie.
Let your date pick the movie for the night. Along with combining finances and relationships, the key to happiness in a marriage or other long-term relationship is sitting through the occasional film that doesn’t interest you.
Another option is to pick a theme for the night, such as superhero movies or Oscar films. You can both pick a film that matches the theme.
While the cost of admission at some museums can be jaw dropping these days, it’s possible to get into some for free or for a “pay what you can” rate.
Check out the museums in your area. Odds are likely that they offer reduced price admission at least once every week or month.
Smaller museums sometimes offer free admission or charge a nominal fee of less than $10 per person. Plus, smaller places tend to focus on more interesting or esoteric subjects.
If you’re looking for a date that’s cultural but off the beaten path, investigate the little museums in your city or town.
If you and your partner prefer the performing arts to the visual, there are ways to see a play or other live performance on the cheap. Many local theater companies offer performances by donation, usually for the final dress rehearsal or during previews.
They might not advertise these nights, so call the theater to ask about open dress rehearsals or previews if there’s a play you are interested in seeing.
What affordable date ideas do you have?
“How to Wine and Dine Her on a Budget” was written by Kelly Anderson.