Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cheap or Free Date Nights -

Grab a loaf of old bread, or buy a cheap loaf and go down to the lake to feed the ducks. Take a walk around the lake and enjoy the fresh air and each other's company.

Go to that new restaurant and split a sinful dessert.

Climb up on the roof or find a clearing and watch the sunset together. One of our favorite things to do.

In the Spring, buy a cheap kite and go fly it. 

Go to a ball game or a sporting event.  Get the cheap seats.  Don't forget to save some money to get a hot dog (so you can have the whole experience).

Go swimming without the kids. Need I say more?

Head over to the roller-skating rink. As long as you don't mind being the oldest people there who aren't chaperoning their children, it's a great way to have fun.

Take a class together.  Be it a pottery class or a yoga class, it is time well spent together.

No matter where you live the local bands want you to come listen to them. See the local talent - who knows, you may be watching the next big thing coming up. You can pick the type of band once and then your date can choose...swap off. Then catch that sinful dessert afterwards that you can share. What a wonderful night.

Go to the farmers market and try new fruits.  Maybe pick out something wonderful for a good home cooked meal.

Visit a museum on free admission night.

Find a Drive-In movie theater. Take blankets and pillows so you are all comfy. Find out that the back seat of your car really is for necking.

Pack some cheese and crackers, grapes and some wine or your sparkling juice and a blanket and have a picnic in the yard.

Make s'mores over candlelight. Yummmmm

Spend the day hiking and taking pictures of each other.  Then when evening comes lie across the hood of your car and look at the stars.

Get out the board games and see who really is the champ at Rock 'em Sock 'em Robots.

Spend the afternoon walking around a flea market.  Look for things from your youth and talk about memories (good ones only).

Take a tour of a candy, chocolate or cookie factory.  Call your local manufactureres and see if they do tours.

Put on music from when you were in high school and dance in the living room.

Hang up twinkle lights around your patio or deck.  Get some ice cream and enjoy an evening outside.

Go to a local carnival, go on a few rides and eat popcorn.  Take in the free entertainment.

Go bowling.  You can talk about how many feet have been in those shoes.  You could also put your pet names for each other up on the electronic score board.  That's right....Stud Muffin and Snuggle Butt are on lane 4!!

High schools and colleges offer great deals on plays and musicals usually in the Fall and Spring.  It is a wonderful way to see a different version of a play and help support your local schools.

Go to the park or the airport and sit and watch the people.  Make up stories about them and names.  It's a fun way to pass some time together.

If you have children, try to find 3 other friends with kids and start a babysitting coop. Each weekend one person keeps all the kids, then next week is anothers turn. This way each month you get 3 weekend date nights and you keep all the kids on one night so everyone else can go out. It's free babysitting. Just set the rules, such as each person has from 6 pm to 11 pm on a Saturday night (whatever, you agree on it between each other). Just make sure the rules are followed and understood so no one gets taken advantage of.

Check out an amateur night at a comedy club.  Usually only costs you cover or a couple of drinks.  Spend the night laughing.

Go to a coffee shop on open mike night.  You never know what you will get, but it's entertainment.

If you have a gym membership, go work out a spin class or a challenge.  Take advantage of your gyms sauna and pool if they have one.

Get your camera and go hit some of the tourist spots around town. 

Go to a botanical garden and hold hands as you enjoy the beauty of the gardens.

Is it too cold out to go star gazing.  Get tickets to the planetarium and cuddle up while watching stars indoors.

Play a round or two of miniature golf or putt putt golf.  Make it a high stakes game...whoever loses gives the other a back massage (or you name the prize).

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