Hot Date Ideas
Some great dates are free, and others cost more than your weekly dating budget. If there is something the two of you want to do that exceeds your budget, all you have to do is plan for it. Let's say that you have a budget of $25 a week for your dates and there is a beautiful romantic restaurant you have always wanted to try that will probably cost $100 for the meal. You've always pushed aside the idea of going there. But you can get there and stay within your budget. All you have to do is be creative and go on three dates without spending any money, and then you will have your $100.
The Free Date
Use your imagination. There are so many things you can do that are fun and cost no money. Maybe you can drive somewhere special to watch a sunset. Depending on where you live, that could be the ocean, a lake, the mountains, the top of a tall building, or the middle of an open field. In the summer, you can pack a picnic dinner. Spread out a large blanket under a tree in a local park and sit and eat and talk. You can also invite some friends over for dessert and coffee and have the chance to catch up with people you haven't seen in a while. Or you could stay home, turn down the lights in your living room, and dance to music you enjoy. You can have a great time while saving for that very special expensive date.
Remember that some of the best things in life are free:
- Watching the sunrise
- Taking a walk
- Eating lunch under a tree
- Talking with each other
- Dancing to music in your home
- Smiling at each other
- Telling jokes
- Playing a card game
- Spending the evening with friends
- Watching the sunset
The Medium-Price Date
Most of your weekly dates with your spouse will cost some money. You'll probably go to a movie or out to dinner. But there are ways to jazz up even your average evening. Maybe instead of going out to dinner at a moderately priced restaurant, you could have dessert at a romantic, expensive restaurant. It would give you the chance to get dressed up and have a quiet, romantic evening without putting a big dent in your pocketbook. You could see a matinee instead of an evening movie, and with the money you saved you could have an inexpensive dinner. Or put the money aside to add to a future date.
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