Love Don't Cost a Thing
Jun 01, 2015 02:43PM ● Published by Desk Editor
Finding time to enjoy a date with your partner or spouse can be tricky, but finding a way to enjoy a date that isn't expensive can be downright difficult. It might seem like any "fun" date idea costs an incredible amount of money. The truth is, however, that it's possible to find cheap and free ways to spend time with your lover. Whether you're on a tight budget or you simply want to reduce your personal expenses, a bit of creative thinking and proper planning is all you need to enjoy a fantastic date with your partner.
First off, check your community calendar. Find out what fun, free, and cheap events are going on in your area. Summertime is an especially good time to find free events, but many places also offer wintertime fun. Your local library may offer free screenings of popular movies or a nearby park might set up an outdoor movie showing once a month. Maybe your pool offers free admission one day or your skating rink has specials for military members. If you aren't sure where to look in your area for free events, check the bulletin board at your local library or stop by your community center to ask about free activities that you and your partner can enjoy together.
Another way to enjoy a free date with your spouse or partner is to spend time outdoors together. If you enjoy hiking, the two of you could explore a new trail together or even go on an overnight camping trip. You could go fishing at a nearby creek or even go swimming at a local beach. For couples who just can't seem to get away from the house, you could pitch a tent in your backyard for a fun night of camping out under the stars without having to wander far away.
One way that many couples enjoy spending time together is by volunteering. You could start by helping to clean up your community park or volunteering to paint a building in your neighborhood. You could even work together at your local library's teen night, help out at a nearby church, or offer to babysit for a family in your neighborhood. While volunteering might not be at the top of your "romantic date" list, it's a valuable way to spend time getting to know one another while giving back to your community.
Finally, consider enjoying a quiet date at home. This is a fantastic way to spend time with your partner if you have kids and can't afford a date night babysitter. Simply pull out one of your favorite classic movies, spread a blanket on the living room floor, and pop some popcorn. Curl up together with a pile of pillows and a positive attitude and see where the night takes you.