7 Ways to Save Money on Date Night

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Remember when you and your spouse used to go out for a fun night on the town? It used to be so easy. You could make last-minute plans and just head out the door. 
But life gets busy with kids and jobs; and you need to plan ahead so you can hire a babysitter. Sometimes it’s too exhausting to even think about going out. Other times, a night on the town just isn’t in the budget. And before long we find ourselves feeling disconnected. Some quality time together is just what you need to reconnect. 
Enjoy date night again. Whether it's a special occasion or an ordinary weekend night, hire a babysitter and plan some quality time together. Your date night doesn't have to break the bank. Here are some great ideas for an inexpensive afternoon or evening together.

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1. Avoid Weekends or Evenings

Everyone knows the nights and weekends are when the dates happen... which is why activities can be busier (and more expensive) on the weekends. Do some research in your town to find out which businesses offer weekday specials for fun activities. 
For example,  bowling is always fun, and if you go during the week you can usually find somewhere to do it very inexpensively. Check the bowling alleys in your area for their specials. Don't forget to look for ladies' night, where ladies bowl free or another date night special. 
Don't overlook a lunch date - your favourite restaurant usually has a lunch menu or lunch specials which will give you a savings of 30-50% over going to dinner at the same restaurant. 
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2. Support the Local Team

For a whole lot of fun on a budget, cheer on a local sports team. Many cities have an amateur sports team, whether it's  cricketfootball, ice hockey, or  roller skating
Local games have all the colour, pageantry, and greasy snacks of a major league game, but tickets are a lot cheaper. Local teams often have  a few dates during the season where tickets are discounted even lower than normal. Most sports venues have snack and beer specials too. Take your honey out to a game, sit under the stars, and snuggle in the bleachers. 

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3. Get Moving

Instead of sitting down to dinner, and then sitting in a movie theatre, get your bodies moving. It doesn't cost anything to go on a long walk on the riverfront together, or to take a leisurely stroll through your city's charming districts. 
There are also low-budget activities that will get your bodies moving together. Go to a local park and rent a  paddle boat, attend a group exercise class together, climb a  rock wall, or join a 5K walk. 
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4. Look for Local Deals on Coupon Sites

There are many websites devoted to providing deals for local businesses, so if you keep your eye out, you can find lots of great adventure deals for  event tickets, restaurants, and even  hotels or resorts. Many sites offer discounts for massages, weekend getaways, sporting events, concerts and more. 
Deals on these sites are all discounted, usually 30-60%, and you can find something that you wouldn't have ordinarily done because of the cost. To make it an even better date, check out your local restaurants for special deals, or find  restaurant coupons online, and make a whole evening of it. 
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5. Go Window Shopping

Go for a walk in town or to the shopping centres together. Grab a smoothie or a coffee, and get walking. The only rule? No spending money! See what you can see in your favourite shops and visit shops you would never ordinarily set foot in. And when you find something you really, really want, just take a picture of it instead of buying it. This often makes you feel almost as good as if you spent money purchasing it, and will remind you about great items you both liked at a later time (like when you're trying to figure out what to get her for her birthday!)
Window shopping together gives you a chance to relax and hang out, talk about future plans, and dream about ways you'd like to spend time and money together. It provides quality time, and a relaxed situation in which to connect.
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6. Get Out In Nature

Too often, we think of date night as a common activity like going to see a film, but don't limit yourself to indoor venues. Take a day trip to the beach or a local  hiking  area, and don't forget to stay for the stars! 
If you live in a place where the sky isn’t easily seen due to smog and city lights, star gazing is a great cheap date. Just lay back and marvel at the universe. This is a great opportunity to simply talk to each other. Pack a  picnic and enjoy a night under the stars. 
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In every city and town, there are frequent cultural events that are often cheap or free. For example, farmer's markets, art openings, craft fairs, home shows, cultural festivals, food festivals, lectures or comedy open mics. Sometimes you will pay an entrance fee, but ticket prices are often reasonable (and sometimes you can find coupons at your local grocery store or in a neighbourhood newspaper). 
Take a look at your city's calendar to see what events are happening in your area in the next month, and pick one to check out together. 

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No matter what your budget, it's important to your romantic relationship to have a regular date night! You need time to relax, be together, and remind yourselves why you are together. Set a budget for date night, and stick to it, and relax, knowing that you are investing in your future together. 
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