Last year I wrote about our second anniversary date and funny enough as it turns out we had a similar anniversary date for our third anniversary this week. Mr. A wanted to go into the big city to an event he’d been looking forward to attending, and on our way back home we stopped by a Savers. I needed to pick up a few blouses since the only tops I currently own are short sleeved and it has finally cooled down here in the desert. Finally. I found six beautiful new tops that cost me $33 and one is going to go perfectly with my long black skirt. It is black with small red roses, and the sleeves are fluted at the bottom, it is just gorgeous.
We were thinking about going out to eat, but it has become such a difficult process since I’m on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet and I’m not eating anything processed, no bread or grains, gluten free, no soy or tofu, margarine, sugar, artificial sweeteners, etc. It’s like the combination of things I cannot eat pretty much guarantees that it will be a challenge eating out. Not to mention I’ve never been one for eating out in the first place. We ended up buying round steak on sale at Safeway for $1.67, had the butcher grind it into burger and picked up some mushrooms on sale for $0.99 for eight ounces. I had red bell peppers at home that Mr. A found on sale so I sliced up one of those. It was a delicious meal and I didn’t have to worry about accidentally getting contaminated with something from the restaurant. And we saved a heck of a lot of money on the meal!
Here are my favorite cheap dates (admittedly most of these are for an established couple living together):
- Star gaze - we can do this cheaply because we live in a rural area and it is still fairly dark out at night (unless the moon is full). This is one of my favorite reasons for living where we do. This is a great book to use: Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning About over 125 Celestial Objects.
- Camp out in your back yard, if you have a fire pit make a fire then snuggle together in sleeping bags.
- Spend a Friday or Saturday morning going to yard sales in your neighborhood.
- Write a poem about your life together, either now, in the past or what you think the future holds.
- Cook dinner together.
- When dinner (or lunch) is ready, put it onto plates, wrap with aluminum foil, grab something to drink, silverware, salt and pepper and drive to the nearest park and have a picnic together.
- Take a walk together in the early morning.
- Read out loud to one another from the newspaper or a book, or something you found on the Internet.
- Play cards.
- Play board games.
Here are a few other cheap and frugal date blog posts from around the personal finance blogosphere:
- 22 Ideas for Cheap Dates by Fiscal Fizzle
- 5 Reasons to Ask Your Spouse for a Money Date by The Centsible Life
- Coupons on the First Date: Yay or Nay by Well Heeled
- 5 Romantic Outdoor Day Date Ideas for Under $30 by Consumerism Commentary
- Top Frugal Date Ideas to Impress Your Partner With by Frugal Zeitgeist
- I Might Be Married But I Still Wanna Date by Punch Debt in the Face
Personal Finance Articles
- My Money Story Part One Growing Up by Paying Myself
- Get Your Debt Under Control with These Debt Fighting Tips Guest Post by Punch Debt in the Face at The Digerati Life
- Four Sites that Turn Your Gift Cards Into Cash by Cash Flow Sherpas
- How to Make Money Blogging by Ultimate Money Blog