Posted by Kristen on July 2, 2014
Many times when someone is trying to save money or get out of debt, they instantly think that their social life will have to suffer. But if you just get creative with things to do and places to go, it doesn’t have to limit your fun at all. Dating does not have to be cut from the list. This is especially important for married couples or couples that have been together for a long time. Often we get so stressed in our everyday lives and worrying about finances that we forget to have fun with our partners. Here are some great free date night ideas.
Free Summer Date Night Ideas
- Have a picnic.
If you have nice weather at this time of year pack a lunch, grab a blanket, and have a simple picnic together. Find a scenic park or area that makes a nice spot to set up for the afternoon. If you’ve been together for a while, for a special twist, find a place the means something to you such as a park you used to walk in together. If it’s a first date, pick a place that shows a little bit about yourself like a place you used to visit when you were young or a place you take your niece, nephew, or your own children.
- Go to the beach.
Just like with a picnic, pack a cooler with drinks and snacks and head out to a nearby beach. Ditch your usual beach entertainment of a book, magazine, or headphones, and stick to things you have to do together. Grab a volleyball, beach ball, Frisbee, or just some chairs to sit, talk, and watch the waves. See 15 Frugal Ways to Enjoy the Beach for more ideas.
- Take a bike ride or hike.
Getting physical activity together is a healthy and great way to have fun as a couple. If you have bikes, find a bike path and head out. If not, look into nearby parks and forest preserves for good hiking trails that match your skill level.
- Go for a walk.
Even if your fitness level isn’t up for a hike or if you don’t have a bike, just take a stroll together. You can go to a local park, nature or forest preserve, or simply walk around your area. Make a pact not to talk about anything stressful the whole time.
- Go camping together.
Camping doesn’t have to be a huge event. No matter where you live, you can find a campground just a short trip away. If you’ve never camped before, you’ll discover a new adventure that you may even enjoy. Even though it is already inexpensive, there are many ways to save on camping including packing your own meals and borrowing any equipment you don’t already have.
How do you save money on your dates?
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