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You’re not a cheapskate, but you do want to save money where you can. If you want to show your sweetie a good time, but are on budget, consider some free and nearly free date ideas. These ideas will keep your sweetie and your wallet smiling throughout the year.
Free or Nearly Free Date Ideas
The weather outside might be frightful, but that blistery weather helps creates the perfect environment for snuggles, hot chocolate and roaring fires. A midnight walk in the snow is a good way to bond with your honey on a snowy night. Tuck a flask of hot chocolate into a bag, along with a couple of cups and enjoy hot chocolate while snuggling on a park bench. You can also have fun doing traditional winter activities such as a snowball fight, making snow angels and catching snow flakes on your tongue. Take advantage of free holiday activities such as concerts, festivals and craft bazaars for an inexpensive date night. Even the simple activity of decorating a Christmas tree can be a fun date night. Most libraries have a DVD section. Check-out a stack of movies and watch them together with your sweetie while cuddling under a blanket. Other ideas include an evening weenie or marshmallow roast, a game night or baking cookies together.
Spring often represents new life, and provides an opportune time to breath new life into your dating relationship. Enjoy spending quality time together while enjoying the beauty of the season. Enjoy nature by planting some seeds or an entire garden together. Take a walk in the rain and cuddle under an umbrella or share a warm coffee as you stroll through the park. Grab a couple of sketch pads and some colored pencils and have a picnic while drawing together. Buy a kite and fly it on a breezy day or take a bike ride down a country road. You can also enjoy doing a good deed together. Mow the elderly neighbor’s yard and then reward yourselves with a big bowl of ice cream.
Free summer activities are practically endless. Take your date to the beach and enjoy beach combing, sun bathing and a quick lunch on the sand. You can take advantage of many free events such as street festivals and other summer celebrations too. Set-up a scavenger hunt for your date. Write clever rhymes that lead your date to meaningful places or hide paper hearts throughout the house and yard. Reward your date with a big kiss and a dessert to share at the end of the hunt. You can also set-up a miniature version of a drive-in theater. Put your favorite DVD to play on your laptop and snuggle out on the deck while you watch the movie and eat popcorn. Other summer ideas include traditional summer time activities such as playing Frisbee together or pretending to be tourists in your town and visiting all the tourist traps you might not normally frequent as a resident of the town. Don’t forget the camera so you can share photos with friends and family and have a souvenir of the day.
Fall brings beautiful colors and crisp nights. Take advantage of the beauty of fall and take your date on a bike ride or drive through the countryside to look at the changing leaves. Stop at a local restaurant for a cup of coffee or a dessert and enjoy each others company. Rake a pile of fall leaves together and have fun jumping and playing in the leaves together. Warm-up with a cup of hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick. Explore your artistic side by visiting a poetry reading and then attempt to write your own poem together. Or collaborate on painting a picture of a fall tree together and then head inside and make hand dipped candles. Cook special fall treats together such as soup in a crock pot or bake a pumpkin pie. Another fall activity includes visiting a pumpkin patch and selecting a pumpkin to carve together.
No matter the season, you can find a reason to spend quality time with your special someone. And if you put some thought into it, you won’t have to worry about breaking the bank in the process.