Outside of really good coffee, I very much dislike spending money.  Wait, let’s clear things up, I love buying things (e.g., clothes, gadgets, etc.); however, I don’t like that I have to use my money in order to do so 😛   One way that we’ve been trying to spend less is by going on dates that are inexpensive.  Sometimes it’s fun to go on those splurge dates (e.g., fancy dinner, theater show), but at the end of the day I find that the most important thing about our dates is the company (it’s pretty much the best when you enjoy spending time together).  So I thought I’d share with you some cheap and fun date ideas.

1.) A night at home cooking – If you don’t want the cost of ingredients to add up go to Supercook and enter the ingredients you have in your fridge/cupboard and it will generate a recipe.  It saves on cost and waste!

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2.) Mini golf – Not gonna lie, this took me back to when I was little and it was glorious!!! AND sooo much better than bowling!

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3.) Grab a coffee and sit by the water together – Pretty much coffee + anything = a fun date for me!

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4.) Go to a local farm, they usually have corn mazes – I guess this is specifically a fall time date, indulge in a caramel apple as well!!

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5.) Grab some inexpensive grub at a hole in the wall – This is one of my favorite Seattle Korean places, the bill has never been over $20

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6.) Go for a run together – Definitely one of my favorites, it’s nice to find someone that likes to torture/nurture their body just like you do 🙂

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7.) Grab a donut together and go for a walk – Again, a donut + pretty much anything = a great date!

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8.) Play your favorite card game – Or board game, or video game, just play a game together!

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9.) Go for a hike – This is one of my favorites that I don’t do as much as I would like!  There were a ton of great hikes up in the PNW and I hear the same about this area.

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10.) Look on the website of local senior centers for a BINGO night – It’s especially fun when you win 😉

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**Bonus for dog owners**

11.) (Grab a coffee) and go to the dog park – This is the best weekend morning date!

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My friend told me about a really fun ‘date planning’ tactic that her and her partner use.  One week she picks the date that she thinks her partner would like and the next week he picks one that he thinks she will like.  I love that idea because it’s thoughtful and really gets you thinking about the other persons’ desires and interests.  You could use this method when choosing which of the above dates to go on, let me know if you try one out and if you have a good time!

Be well.

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