Whether you are just on the getting to know stage or already a couple, dating is very important for partners to spend quality time together.  Dating also allows two people to know each other better and deeper.  As an integral part of courtship, dating provides the opportunity for two people to assess each other’s suitability as a partner.  Traditional dating activities often include a meal or entertainment.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve met through online dating or through a friend, dating can be expensive and this is not a good idea in these times of economic difficulties.  There are many places to go when you are on a date but traditional concepts of what a date should be oftentimes are expensive. However, dates can also be inexpensive and you can still spend time with your special someone even if you are in a tight budget.  You can still go on a date, on a budget at that, without appearing like a cheapskate.  Here are some dating ideas you may want to explore when you are on a tight budget:

Candle-lit Dinner For Two

Have a candle-lit dinner for two at home.  Cook a special dinner for your special someone rather than splurging by eating out.  You and your special someone can also prepare the meal together.  Aside from saving money, cooking dinner together is a great way to bond and know each other.  You can get a lot of insights on the personality of your special someone if you see how he/she is in the kitchen.  A delicious home made meal with wine and candles, eaten under the moonlight at the veranda is a romantic yet inexpensive way to spend time quality time with your special someone and help your relationship.

The Great Outdoors

Outdoor activities are great ideas when you want to date on a budget.  You can go on a picnic or go hiking.  You can maintain a reasonable budget for these activities.  Moreover, if you date in the great outdoors, you can enjoy quality time together amidst the beauty of nature.  You can know each other better in a quiet and private environment.

If you plan to have a picnic, you can just pack up some chips, sandwiches, fruits, and the like and head to the nearest park.  Take in the scenery, talk about anything under the sun, and enjoy the weather.  You can bring a bottle of champagne or wine to make the picnic more romantic.

Hit The Beach

You can try spending a day together at the beach and relax lying out in the sun or hitting the waves.  If you and your special someone are the adventurous types, you can go water skiing or parasailing.  You can have an exhilarating day at the beach without spending too much.

Soak In Some Culture

You can go to museums or galleries for a date.  Do some research on the local museums or galleries in your city and find out their admission rates.  useums either cost less or free on certain days.  Going on a date to a museum can be very educational and museums can provide hours of amusement.  You can have interesting discussions with your date and you can get to know his/her personality and interests better. You can then have some coffee in a nearby café afterwards to cap off your date.

Movie Night

Instead of going out to see a movie, you can rent a movie that you and your special someone are dying to see.  Just microwave some popcorn and prepare some beverages and enjoy the movie.  Aside from not spending a lot of money, you can watch the movie in privacy and you will not have to listen to somebody’s obnoxious conversations in the background just like what usually happens in movie theaters.

…hope this is of some help to you,

Billy Baker