Happy Friday, we made it! Ya know what that means? Date night! I l-o l-o l-o- l-o-v-e dates. (Did anyone at all catch on to my Ashlee Simpson reference...? Probably not, unless you're my sister.) But something I don't love? The price tag that can sometimes go with a night out. I mean, honestly, the costs really can add up if you're doing the classic drinks, dinner, movie, fro-yo, Lyft combo. Thankfully though, with springtime surrounding us all in her gentle, warm grasp we now have a whole array of new and affordable quality time possibilities! Scroll down for warmer weather fun inspiration 💃
(PS: these don't even have to be with a significant other - you can totally do them with your friends and family, too!)
Prep A Picnic
Pack up a blanket, some snacks, and a dog if ya have one (if you don't, but you are ready to take on the responsibility, hit the shelter first and go adopt one, because dogs are one of the best parts of life), and hit your favorite park. Or, even better and more adventure-y, go have your picnic at a park you've never been to before!
Attend Movies On The Lawn/Beach/Public Place
If you Google "free outdoor movies" in your area or something similar to that phrase, you should be able to find complimentary film showings. In San Diego, for example, the Hotel del Coronado offers free movies on the beach throughout the spring and summer months - and you can even bring your dog!
Pick Your Own Flower/Veggie/Fruit At A Local Farm
Same as with the movies, you should be able to search online or on Facebook to find a local farm that has Pick Your Own ______ (insert spring specialty, such as strawberries) Days. There is a place here in SoCal called Suzie's Farm that I've been itching to check out. They are organic and have pick your own SUNFLOWERS! How fun would that be?! Not only are you getting a cheap outdoor activity, but you also get to take home a souvenir bouquet (or fresh fruit and veggies for groceries for the week, or whatever it is you are picking). Win, win, win!
Check Out Groupon & LivingSocial Deals
You know those touristy things you've always wanted to check out, but don't want to spend a ton of money on? For me, that is a whale watching tour or sunset cruise. While I wouldn't say these are particularly "cheap" date ideas, with the help of sites like Groupon and LivingSocial we can get them at a steep discount. New experiences for a fraction of the cost? Sign me up, baby.
Hit Up The Farmers Market
Who doesn't enjoy meandering around with a loved one in nice weather, while also checking off an errand at the same time? Farmers markets are perfect, because you get people watching, live music, free samples, and/or a variety of foods and businesses you've probably never gotten to experience before!
Go On A Hike
Looking to explore a new area while also getting your sweat on? Take a hike (literally and figuratively). There's no better activity to enjoy fresh air and exercise than taking a hike. Plus, it's totally free!
Do Your Part & Volunteer
Your local trails, bodies of water, or even your own neighborhood have trash all up in them. Yes, it is a bummer. But it is also reality. So why not pull out your gigantic pile of plastic grocery bags that are under your sink (you know they're in there) and put them to good use by picking up litter with your loved one? You get to spend Q.T. together, beautify your surroundings, and help Mother Nature!
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You may have noticed a theme that these almost all involve being outside in some capacity. What can I say? After living many years in the frigid Midwest and in the desert, I like to take advantage of the post-cold and pre-super-hot temps.
Now I gotta go take my own advice and try out some of these for myself!