Watch the Talk of the Town video from today’s show: Frugal Valentine Date Ideas
The eternal question is how to take your sweetheart on a fabulous date without paying premium prices. Instead of going the standard route, why not try some of these creative ideas?
* Purchase a date experience
Plan a salon day, massage, unique dining experience, outdoor adventure, dance lessons, etc at a significantly reduced price from local coupon sites such as Groupon or Living Social. You date never even needs to know you got a discount, but they just might thank you for it!
* Take advantage of your community
There are lots of community/cultural centers that offer free days you can plan a date around.
—Here’s just one Nashville example – The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is free through February 19! Not only do they often host free lectures (if you & your honey enjoy that sort of thing), but what I think is even more romantic is the free music in the Grand Lobby or Cafe they feature every Thursday & Friday evening from 6-8pm. Imagine an evening in the gallery that finishes with a concert…all for free! (I recommend bringing flowers & chocolate 😉
* Use the library for free entertainment
Rent DVD’s for a romantic movie night/picnic at home, cd’s for mood music, or attend a speaker series together.
* Think of others: Volunteer!
Is there anything more attractive than seeing the one you love serving others? Find a common interest and then match it with an organization that needs help. You could make a meal for the homeless, tutor kids after school or clean up a local park. Serving together will not only make you feel good, but you’ll also be helping others in need.
* Make it a date ‘day’ instead of a date night.
Everything is cheaper in the ‘off-season’, not just travel. Consider making a date in the afternoon. Not only will you have far more options (like a picnic, bike ride or a hike), but movies, restaurants and shows are always cheaper in the afternoon. So go grab lunch and a matinee! Great idea for a family date as well!
***One more thing to consider: Celebrate Valentine’s Day on an alternate day.
Why fight the crowds? You can be just as romantic when you don’t have to wait an hour for your dinner table. It will also be easier to find someone to do a child care swap as well so you don’t have to pay for a babysitter!