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You're short on cash. I get it. I feel as though most of America is perpetually short on cash. It's hard when we live in a day and age where so many people are living paycheck to paycheck and don't have a lot of fun money lying around. You really don't have to live that way!
Nate and I are a (sort of) single income family. If you didn't know, most pastors don't make a ton of money and Nate is definitely one of those pastors. Nate and I both have side hustles that bring in a little extra income but, even so, we don't have a lot of extra money just lying around waiting for us to figure out what to do with it.
Even though we're not throwing money around like nobody's business, Nate and I manage to go on some pretty awesome dates! You can too! Trust me!
Find Free Things to Do
There are always amazing free things out there to do! Go for a hike, go kayaking, go to a free community event... The list is endless! Even if something isn't exactly an event you necessarily would love, try it anyway. You may have fun with it. Even if you don't have fun with it, you might have fun mocking it or it might become a good story to tell.
Go Out for a Non Stereotypical Meal
A meal doesn't have to be dinner and drinks. Think about going out for happy hour. Think about skipping the drinks. Think about splitting a meal. There are all sorts of ways to go out to eat without having to spend a huge amount of money. The important part is that you're spending time with your loved one so it really doesn't matter how much food you're ingesting.
Save for a Huge Date
Huge, extravagant dates or trips take a lot of time and money to plan so sometimes they feel out of reach. Yes, these dates do take a lot of money but if you save $50 a month then, in a year, you'll have $600 to spend. You can do a lot with $600!!! Personally, the memories made on huge dates are totally worth budgeting $50 a month into savings!
There are all sorts of deal sites out there but my favorite is Groupon Things to Do! We live halfway between Portland and Seattle so we love checking out the things to do in both those cities! There are so many other cities Groupon has deals for so I'm sure there's at least one city near you to use Groupon for!
What are some of your economical date ideas?
Do you use Groupon for dates?
Photography by Stephanie Orefice
, by Susannah