Back in college when we were still dating, Matt and I would try to go out on a date about once a month. We saw each other every day as we lived in the same dorm building but going on an actual date was tough. We were starving college students after all. It was all about the frugal date night. We did a lot of free or cheap things like sub sandwiches at a local park (when it was warm enough) or go to a favorite restaurant, just for dessert. One of our favorite things to do was to go to Goodwill. It may sounds like an odd date but it was actually quite fun.
We would often wander the store together, looking for things we needed or just wanted. It’s actually how I found a pair of snow pants and we often found work clothes for Matt. But we also liked to split up. We would find the most outrageous thing we could then meet back up to compare our finds. There’s never a shortage of crazy things at thrift stores so it was always a fun game. Since we usually went on Friday nights, it wasn’t too busy either. That was a big bonus for us.
We would usually go out to eat later that night, often with a coupon or to a place we liked that was cheaper. But the main part of our date was the thrift shopping. Years later, when we get a weekend away, we still tend to go thrift shopping. Even if we do make a purchase, it is still a fairly frugal date.
Do you have a favorite, off the wall, frugal date night idea?
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