Dating can be fun, but it is often expensive. Whether you are just starting out in a relationship or having “date night” with your longtime partner, keep these cost-saving tips in mind:
- Plan ahead. While a spur-of-the-moment date is great, it may be easier to keep costs down by scheduling in advance. If you have kids, consider asking a family member or friend to provide babysitting duties for the night. In exchange, offer to babysit their kids in the future.
- Pick an activity. Low or no-cost options for spending time together include:
- Taking a walk, hike, or drive
- Touring free cultural or historical sites in your area
- Visiting a park, promenade, farmers market, or outdoor shopping mall (window shopping only!)
- Attending free concerts or amateur sports events
- Taking a class together
If you are out of fresh ideas, visit your local Chamber of Commerce website. You may be surprised by all of the low-cost options in your community.
- Minimize meal costs. Rather than going out for a full sit-down meal, consider eating at home first and then having dessert at a restaurant. You could also have a picnic in the park or make a special dinner at home. Keep in mind that cooking together can be a fun shared activity.
- Limit splurges. It may be tempting to splurge on a date in order to impress a potential partner or do something special for the person you love. Keep in mind that a caring partner will want you to make smart choices about money, particularly if you plan to build a shared future together.