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Cheap Date Ideas without Being a Cheap Date

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Are you starting to think about creative, romantic ideas for Valentine’s Day?

Romantic and Cheap Date Ideas without Being a Cheap Date

Trying to figure out where to go or what to get that won’t cost a small fortune?

On special days, whether it’s Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, a birthday, or a proposal, we all like to do things for our significant other to make them feel loved.

But while buying a beautiful piece of jewelry or spending a fortune on dinner may make them feel special, creating a mound of debt in the process isn’t ideal.

Every couple can come up with creative, romantic ways to keep that date cheap without being a cheap date.

Have dinner

Eating out for special days is really important and there are quite a few ways to save a lot in this area and still have a nice time together.

Lunch or brunch can be half the price of dinner. Go to your favorite restaurant’s Twitter or Facebook page and see what specials they are offering to get the best value. Some of these values are only offered to social media friends.

You can also go to Restaurant.com, where gift certificates go on sale. You can get a $25 gift certificate for your favorite restaurant for as little as $6 by applying the coupon code found at RetailMeNot.

Also, check in with local group buying sites such as Groupon or Travelzoo’s local deals. There are dozens of half-price dining options that sometimes offer a show as well.

We had paella at a traditional Spanish restaurant for half price and watched live Flamenco dancing, which took me back to my summers in Spain. My only regret was that I left my castanets at home!

See a show

If you have a little more to spend and want to take in a show, then go to Broadwaybox.com or Goldstar to find great prices on tickets.

We saw Phantom on Broadway for 50% off and got great orchestra seating.

Or, if you want to give a gift that will cost less each time you use it, buy a season’s pass to a museum, and not only can you visit your local museum whenever you want for the year, but you also have reciprocal privileges at 400 other museums. The same applies to zoos and aquariums through the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.

There’s an app for romance

There are quite a few apps you can buy for those who are romantically challenged.

Open Table is a great app that will help you from being caught without a restaurant reservation. This popular app helps you find restaurants that are nearby, checks to see availability, and make a reservation within your budget.

Finally, check out Foursquare, where checking in you can get free appetizers, discounted entrees, and more.

Low tech, high impact

For those with little to no budget, it’s time to be creative and demonstrate your love at the same time.

For that special day, you could trade chores for the day. Surprise your loved one by completing all of his/her chores.

Add a special touch by leaving heart-shaped cookies in the home or a meaningful note in their car. No matter how small the chore, having someone else complete it will be sure to leave a smile on your loved one’s face.

Make a book of coupons. The coupons could include a massage, free pass for a girls’ or guys’ night out, cooking a favorite meal, or even promising a day of sports TV without any interruptions.

Recognizing things that are important to your significant other will go a long way.

My husband just presented me with a 12-year-old coupon that says, “good for a new corvette when I sell 100,000 copies of my book. I passed that mark several years ago and he just found the coupon when cleaning out a drawer!

Hearts apart

For those who are separated from their mate due to business travel or military deployments, there’s good news as to how you can still keep those special dates meaningful at a low cost. 

The website Canva allows you to create beautiful e-cards for your loved one, easily and for free. 

Another way to keep connected when you’re apart is to burn a CD of your favorite songs or those that are special to your relationship and mail it to your loved one. You can also make and send a playlist using popular music apps such as Apple Music and Spotify

Create a personalized cover with photographs of the two of you and place it in a plastic CD case for presentation. You can also load a special mix onto your significant other’s iPod or MP3 player so you can share it when you are back together at home.

Do you have any cheap date ideas?

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