Our Cheap-o DatePosted: April 7, 2013
Cheap dates for seminary couples are a must have–most couples can’t afford the lavish outings when thousands of dollars are being put into tuition. While my husband and I do occasionally spring for an expensive date, we’re usually careful about how we pay for it. For example, in January we spent a couple of days at a B&B about an hour away. I was a little bit flabbergasted at how much we spent on our get away, but we had been saving for a vacation for almost two years–we had the money (we also learned that maybe we should try to get away as a couple a little more often so we won’t feel like we need to make every vacation an epic romantic getaway). Last month, we went to see Twelfth Night in the Big City. Live professional theater is generally expensive, so we paid for our tickets via a gift certificate and Christmas money–the tickets didn’t come out of our monthly income.
Yesterday, my husband came up with a wonderful date idea: Buy a new board game from Target (yes, you know you live in a small town when a trip to Target is considered part of a date) and play it a new coffee shop. The afternoon turned out surprisingly pleasant–we found Mancala at Target and went to a coffee shop we hadn’t visited before to play our new game. Even better, the pleasant afternoon turned out pleasantly cheap. Here’s how the costs broke down:
Coffee: $6.25 (I splurged by getting some fancy-pants coffee)
Gas: $5.00 ish
There you have it; less than $20.00 for a simple, enjoyable date. Even better, we could do this for even less money by buying a used board game or making a simple board game and by getting basic coffee instead of the super expensive (but oh-so-delicious) mocha.
How often do you go on a date with your spouse? What sorts of things do you do for inexpensive dates?