On Saturday, Mike and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. A lot has been going on in our life lately (sorry for the really slow posting rate! hopefully it'll get better!) and we only got a chance to go out for our anniversary tonight.
We have a lot of expenses at this time of year, so I wanted to keep the date as cheap as possible, while not sacrificing on quality.
I recently was given a writing assignment on frugality for a writing job of mine and I wrote this whole in depth piece on frugal dating, and the more I thought about ideas for that article, the more I came up with ideas how to make our anniversary date really nice for really cheap. I had set myself a limit for 15 dollars for the date, not counting babysitting or transportation, and I'll admit, we went over the 15 dollars. It cost something like 18 dollars. But not bad for a great date, something my husband and I admitted was one of the nicest dates we've had yet.
Remember how we went camping in April with a family? When I was thinking of ideas for cheap dates, the wife of the family we camped with suggested that we go on a picnic there, since its close to home, really nice, etc...
The idea really appealed to me, because the place is scenic, nice, quiet, etc...
I wanted to do what I could to make the date as nice as possible, so I chose what I consider the most romantic time of day- sunset till twilight.
Type of food on a picnic makes a difference as to the tone. I was thinking of strawberries, but they're out of season. In the end, laziness won out, and we had rice paper wraps filled with lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, cilantro, and tahini sauce, and spicy sausages (which I grilled at home immediately before we left). In addition, I brought a package of chocolate covered raisins (dark chocolate and yummy) and radishes and hearts of palm. (Random, I know, but all things we like.)
I packed a bag with the food, a blanket, some wine goblets, and champagne, got dressed up, dropped the kids off at the sitter, and left. (We brought along sweatshirts for when it inevitably got cold...)
When we got there, we watched the sunset, popped the champagne, and drank it, along with eating the yummy food we brought. After the sun went down, we went star gazing, trying to find the constellations we knew and making up our own as we went along.
It was great, beautiful, super romantic, and the best part about it was it was walking distance from our house, so no need to wait for buses there and back, usually the most annoying part of going out on a date. And the price of the date certainly wasn't bad!
Another added bonus was I was able to make sure that the foods were all foods I could eat that didn't make me sick, a concern that always comes up when I go out to a restaurant on a date.
The babysitter is a friend of mine, and we decided in the future, we'd barter babysitting for dates- that she and her husband will go out with and we'll watch the kids, then we'll go out again and she'll watch the kids.
With a good babysitting system set up, and a whole bunch of cheap date ideas, I definitely see more great dates in our near future!
What is your favorite cheap and romantic date? Would you have enjoyed such a date?