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Favorite Dates for Under $15

Yesterday, I polled Twitter to find out people’s favorite dates for under $15. After all, my own frugal date ideas are limited by my tastes, but I wanted to pull in other people’s ideas as well. So here are some of the answers I received:

Emily, suggests “coffee and a walk on the beach.” Sounds like a lovely romantic evening for those who live near the coast. At this time of year, there’s probably a lot less congestion and a lot more romance in a beach walk too!

Ryan also like coffee. He suggests splitting a dessert together. Micah and I sometimes do that because it’s a) cheaper, b) romantic, and c) fewer calories.

Pete and his wife “go to lunch at a local cafe, share a big meal for $10. Then we go to a 2nd run movie for $4!”

A couple people reminded us that some things couples can do at home are free or only cost a few bucks for whatever birth control you’re using.

Also, a few people pointed me to their articles on frugal dating.

Emily wrote at Blissfully Domestic about a few more of her favorites. Ice cream anyone?

8 Frugal Date ideas for married couples at Money Smart Marriage. Some of my favorites:

Dinner and dancing at home. Of course it would help if Micah and I had dance lessons, but I think I could teach him a few steps. I know how to waltz and I learned how to salsa in college. And library tip: try the 792s in your library’s nonfiction film collection for movies about learning how to dance. Books are under the same Dewey Decimal number.

Recreate your first date. Really sweet idea. Some people I know went all-out on the first date, but most of us took it pretty casually. It wasn’t exactly a date, but on July 16, 2002 I had Micah over for dinner at my parents’ house and we talked on the couch after dinner and watched the musical Oklahoma! because we’d been discussing classic musicals.

What about you? What are your favorite dates for under $15?

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Cath Lawson November 6, 2008 at 12:33 pm

LOL Mrs Micah – this is timely because I”m trying to decide something for this weekend.

We can get cheap tickets to the local football match but coffee and splitting a dessert sound a lot more appealing in this cold weather.

Hill climbing with a glass of Guinness afterwards is another one we like to do – but it’s only good in the summer.

Deb Burton November 6, 2008 at 1:15 pm

My husband to be called me fairly late in the evening to ask me out to dinner with some friends for our first date. I had already eaten, but I was so excited that he FINALLY got around to asking me out that I went and just watched him eat.

The location of our first date is now about 700 miles away, but what I remember most about that first date is that we sat in the car in my driveway and talked for about 3 hours after he brought me home. That would be a great way to remember our first date AND frugal to beat. 🙂

Sara at On Simplicity November 6, 2008 at 3:38 pm

Okay, this is seasonally inappropriate, but cheap tickets to a minor league ball game and a flask full of something to warm the belly can be really fun.

My Daily Dollars November 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm

We love to go for a hike and pints at a nearby pub. As long as we stick to one each, it’s under $15.

Budgets are Sexy. November 6, 2008 at 3:52 pm

i’m all about $1 theatres and walks down to a local ice-cream joint – but that is limited to small towny places…

if you’re in college, you can go to the university theatre and then take your date to D-Hall afterwards?! haha….or what about Bowling?!

Alisa November 6, 2008 at 9:18 pm

I love to go to wherever there is a huge body of water where I can watch and listen to the waves and deeply breathe in the fresh crisp air. I love to ear the sound of the ocean, the sea gulls, and whatever else nature wants to tickle my fancy with. And, it is at these times, when I medidate on GOD; my “date” at the time, that I feel that if I had a million dollars to spend, I could enjoy no greater peace, no greater joy; than this. Which is usually … free.

Be well.

Zhu November 6, 2008 at 9:32 pm

What a cool idea!

I like going out for coffee, especially considering a lot of coffee shops are comfy and let you indulge in comfort food for not that much.

Mary@SimplyForties November 6, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Sitting on the couch, watching a movie, drinking a glass of wine. My man likes old Jimmy Stewart westerns, I keep a few on the Tivo so no rental fees and I have a cellar full of wine. That’s not his favorite date but it’s always mine!

Aya @ Thrive November 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Coffee, yes. I think the great thing about NY is that you can have frugal but fun dates b/c you can walk everywhere and pop into a bunch of shops and then sit down in a cafe with ease.

Looby November 7, 2008 at 9:15 pm

My partner and I like to go and look at the stars, there is an astronomy group at the local university that is open some evenings to the general public were you can use their powerful telescopes and get some education at the same time!
More often though we just head to the local countryside or beach if there are comet or satellite alerts (there are many websites that can tell you what is visible from your location). We just take a blanket and a flask of tea and lie back and enjoy the view and chat.
Note you will probably need to wrap up well and if you are a wuss like me, tuck a hot water bottle inside your jacket! Of course the chilly-ness does encourage extra cuddling!

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