Right about now, your wallet is likely feeling the pinch of last month’s holiday shopping. Dinner and drinks may be out of reach, but that’s no excuse to cut out dates entirely.
Today we’re featuring seven great date ideas that fit even the smallest of budgets:
Hit a flea market
Trolling through a flea market is just as much about the experience as it is shopping. You’ll get to bond with your date over the treasures you unearth as well as over some of the interesting characters in attendance. You may even get to pick up a small gift for your date if something catches their eye.
Boardgames can make for a terrific night in. Pour a glass of wine, put a friendly wager on the outcome to keep things interesting and let the good times roll.
Tour a museum
Most museums have a discounted or free day once a month or week. Also keep an eye out for “suggested” on the admission price, you can get into many museums for whatever amount you can afford. You can easily pass an entire day strolling through a large museum, and it will give you an opportunity to learn more about what inspires your date.
Skip the entrée
Let’s face it, appetizers and desert are often the things you really want on the menu anyway. Ordering a few appetizers and desert can be a very affordable way to eat out at your favorite restaurants. Bonus points if you can do it at a BYOB.
Visit a winery
Wineries are sprouting up everywhere a grape can conceivably be grown. Most of these upstarts host wine tastings for free or for a very small price. Go and learn about the different wines and keep mental notes on which your date enjoys. Breaking out a bottle of their favorite at a later date can earn you major points.
Pick up two disposable cameras and spend the day photographing your favorite spots around town. There’s something nostalgic about actually waiting for the pictures to be developed and you can make a second date out of arranging your favorites into an album.
Create your own farm to table
Making dinner together can make for a great romantic evening. Extend the fun by starting the day together at your local farmer’s market.