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Debt Destroyer: Cheap date night ideas

Natalie H.
by Natalie H. , Dimespring 30

Romance is in the air this time of the year. It seems that everyone has caught the love bug and is spending time with their special someone. The stores are filled with red and pink decorations and that those sappy love songs fill the radio waves.

With all this celebration, it can be easy to get carried away and blow a lot of money on your partner. Another thing a lot of people spend a lot of money is the romantic (read: pricey) Valentine’s Day dinner. Although some people spend a lot of money on chocolates and gifts, there are ways to cut costs without cutting out the romance:

INFOGRAPHIC: The cost of a date across the U.S.

1. Have a picnic at the park. Many people forget they have a great and free place to have a romantic date. All you need to do is pack a few sandwiches, drinks, and your sweetheart, and you are ready for the perfect outing.

2. Have a date at an ice cream parlor. There is nothing sweeter than sharing a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt with your significant other. Plus, it’s hard to be in a bad mood when you are surrounded by creamy goodness. Some may say it’s old-fashioned, but banana splits never go out of style.

3. Have a date night at home with a movie. Why spend a ton of money at the movies when you can have date night at home? All you need is your favorite rom-com and some fresh, hot popcorn. You can even order a pizza for a quick dinner. Sometimes the comforts of home are better than anything that can be found outside of the house.

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4. Have a date night at a miniature golf course. This can be a bit more pricey depending on where you go, but it is also fun and unique. It is a great way to have some friendly competition and build memories with your boyfriend or girlfriend (though you may have to let them win once or twice).

There is no need to spend a small fortune just to show the one you love that you care.  If you know where to turn, there are plenty of more affordable ways to spend time with your significant other. The same can be said for any holiday any other day of the year. Even if you don’t have buckets of cash, there are ways to celebrate the people you love, not only this month but every day you can. 

Natalie lives in the Southeast with her boyfriend, dog and her collection of vintage art posters. When she is not kicking debt in the face, she enjoys writing, dancing, jogging and reading about personal finance. Natalie is a member of the Dimespring 30, a community of bloggers sharing their thoughts, experiences and perspectives on personal finance.