Saturday, February 1, 2014

12 Inexpensive Date Ideas for Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day coming up soon, it's about time to start making plans for that special date night! If you want to celebrate the romantic holiday in a way that's wallet-friendly, while at the same time helping out some local businesses, then you've come to the right place! Here are my 12 suggestions that'll keep your date inexpensive without feeling "cheap":

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1. Have a picnic!
There's no better way to save money than to prepare food for yourself, rather than dining out at some overpriced restaurant, so pack up some sandwiches, a blanket, and some water bottles and have lunch somewhere beautiful! You can have a picnic anywhere - such as your front lawn or a local or state park!

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2. Go thrifting or flea marketing.
When I met Brad, he was the type of person that could never imagine himself shopping in a thrift store, but with a little nudging here and there, I've managed to introduce him to some great deals and help him to be more stylish in a way that's more affordable. Plus, you never know what surprises you'll find while you're perusing!

3. Ride bicycles together.
There are few things more relaxing than a calm bike ride, whether on a walkway in the city or a trail in the woods! You can also incorporate a picnic into your plans; just stop whenever you're tired and find a nice place to eat!

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4. Take a hike or explore the woods.
It's no secret that northeast Pennsylvania is a beautiful area to visit, and chock-full of state parks! If you're new to the idea, you can easily check online for parks in your area at America's State Parks.

5. Head to the shooting range!
I can honestly say that I've never met a single person (male or female) who didn't get some type of thrill from shooting a firearm. If you've never tried it, I highly encourage you to give it a shot. Not only is it super fun, but you'll also be learning a valuable survival skill. It's a win-win!

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6. Hit the drive-in!
In the summertime, Brad and I head to the drive-in nearly every weekend. It's such a money-saver, especially because you have the option to bring your own snacks! We like to pick up a pizza and soda beforehand, in addition to packing miscellaneous snacks from the house.

7. See a local band play.
The only thing better than live music and drinks is supporting a local band and business while you're at it! Check out your local bars for upcoming shows; many have bands every Friday and Saturday night!

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8. Visit a petting zoo!
If you're an animal-lover or have small children, you may want to opt for a stroll through the petting zoo. Be sure to bring a camera to capture your experience; barnyard animals can be pretty funny at times!

9. Enjoy a night at a comedy club or bar.
If you live in the city, then you may not be aware of how many up-and-coming comedians actually have gigs nearby. If comedy clubs aren't your scene, then check out local bars on amateur night!

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10. Shop at a farmer's market or pick your own berries!
This is an awesome date idea that can easily be made into a twofer. After visiting your local farmer's market or orchard, bring home your findings, then enjoy a romantic meal together that you made yourselves!

11. Go swimming or walk on the beach.
What's the most romantic place to go in the summertime? The beach! Bonus points for walking on the beach together at nighttime; negative points for swimming before a nighttime beach walk and getting extremely cold. You've been warned! If you don't live near the oceanside, look online for nearby campsites that are adjacent to lakes - these small beaches are often open to the public!

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12. Have a bookstore & coffee-shop date!
For an extra cheap and easy date, hit a local bookstore! You can learn a lot about someone from what genres they're into. Plus, a book is a great gift, especially if you're still trying to win someone over. Often, large book retailers have high-end coffee shops right inside, but you could save even more money by checking out a used book store, then reading your purchases with one another in your favorite cafe.

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Thanks for reading, and here's hoping you have a romantic time this holiday!

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  1. These are terrific Brittany, well all except the Drive-In in February, given the climate and the polar vortex of the year, lol!
    Nice pics too. Happy Valentine's Day!

    1. Haha, thanks! I did consider excluding that one from my list due to the weather situation here.

      Happy Valentine's Day to you too, and thanks for reading!