4 Great Ways to Save Money on a Date (Without Looking Cheap)

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A list you can actually follow

Sociologists have proven time and time again that when the economy is in a recession, the number of marriages goes up. What might seem like an anomaly can be easily explained by the fact that repetitive dates with one person cost less than one date with numerous people. This list is aimed at couples (aspiring and well-entrenched) that want to keep the passion strong without leaving a hole in the wallet. Saving money should be everyone’s lifestyle, but you don’t want to overdo it to the extend that it might cause your partner to doubt your long term chances and labeling you as a “cheapo.”

1. Want to spend more time together after a movie? Try a cafe or get ice cream.

After a movie, you’ve probably spent well over $35 dollars on tickets and popcorn, a hefty amount considering that a standard appetizer- entree- drink dinner can run you a minimum of $50 at an average restaurant like Cheesecake Factory or BJ’s. That’s going to come close to a Benjamin a date, including the gas. Although your significant other is definitely worth it, there are other ways to enjoy a night together without wasting money. You can save almost 80% of the restaurant bill by choosing to substitute the dinner with a stop at a cafe, bakery, or ice cream shop. These places are more intimate and you can spend more quality time for less money.

2. Save some money and ignite some romance at the local Botanical Gardens.

I’m genuinely surprised that more people are not visiting these wonderful parks, especially in the midst of this economy. Botanical gardens are very affordable and a great place for a date for any couple. They offer refreshments at affordable prices and are a great way to get in touch with nature.

Huntington Botanical Gardens

3. Visit a Park or Local Beach and take your own food

A barbeque picnic at a local beach or park, peaceful and in nature’s arms, is a great way to spend time with your sweetheart. Take your own food and it will cost you a fraction of what it costs at a restaurant or bar for the same thing and you will have the comfort of making your food healthy and to your liking.

4. Enjoy eating at home with a Redbox Movie

For under $50, you can cook at home for your date, buy great wine or champagne, and get a Redbox movie ($1). By staying at home, you have the liberty of eating whatever you want, watching however many movies you prefer, and if needed, stepping out later for a coffee or ice cream. Not only that, but people feel more comfortable at home!

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