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52 Cheap or Free Date Night Ideas!

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I thought it might be nice to share some ideas on what you can do for free or cheap not just for Valentine’s Day, but for the date nights all year round. A “date” isn’t about how much money you can spend, it is about that special someone you are spending that time with. So without further a-do here is a list of 52 date night ideas!
1* Go on a scavenger hunt (at a park, zoo, department store-pretty much anywhere).
2* Find a new recipe you both would love, and make dinner together. Couple it with a rented movie.
3* Go explore the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018:
• January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
• April 21: First day of National Park Week
• September 22: National Public Lands Day
• November 11: Veterans Day
Find a National park near you on their website https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm
4* Play a Board Game
5*Spend a day thrift shopping
6*Go for a walk together.
7*Go to a drive in movie (they are sometimes less expensive than the indoor theaters, and a lot of places offer a double feature).
8*Go stargazing, or sit next to a fire, and contemplate the meaning of life. Or create a bucket list together.
9*Go to a river walk or a walking path along the river, and watch the sunset together.
10* Go to a local sporting event together.
11* Go to a local festival
12* Go sledding
13* Go ice skating or roller skating
14* Build a snowman together
15*Go to a free museum
16*Have a movie marathon
17*Volunteer together
18*Go for a scenic drive and pack some snacks for the ride.
19*Go to open houses for inspiration
20* Go to a library event, or go check out some books/movies/video games from the library.
21*Play truth or dare.
22*Take turns giving each other a massage.
23*Attend a free workshop (check libraries, community centers, or home improvement stores)
24*Go to a flea market or farmers market and see what they all have to offer.
25*Have a water balloon fight or snowball fight. Follow it with either a refreshing beverage, or hot chocolate.
26*Go to an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch.
27*Cozy up in front of the fireplace.
28*During the holiday season, you could take a drive around to view everyone’s Christmas lights.
29*Go miniature golfing
30*Go for a cup of coffee together, or ice cream.You could pretend it is your first date to add a little spice.
31*Go biking together.
32* Plan a haunted house together, or a Halloween party.
33*Go on a hay ride
34*Go horseback riding
35*Bake some tasty treats together
36*Go bowling
37*Go to the lake or pool, or better yet if you have a hot tub, put it to good use.
38*Go to a batting range or driving range, or shooting range.
39*Go to a car show
40*Go to a tractor pull
41*Go to a demolition derby
42*Go to a county or state fair.
43*Go to a group mystery date.
44*Go to a petting zoo.
45*Go fishing
46*Video game night/compete with each other or work together
47*Go camping, or camp in your own backyard
48*Go to an aquarium together.
49*Go to a comedy club or an amateur night
50*Play Simon says
51* Blindfold taste-test-blindfold your partner, and have them taste-test whatever foods you come up with.
52*Play outdoor games like ladder ball or bean bag toss.

I hope these ideas have inspired you to plan either a weekly or monthly date night, because it is so important to nourish our relationships. Please share any other ideas you have in the comments!

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I’m April, a wife and mother of two. Since the end of 2010 I have been battling autoimmune diseases: and facing those have left me with limited physical abilities, limited energy, and limited funds; so I created this blog to document my journey : to simplifying my life, hopefully finding tips and tricks and resources to help save me time, money, and energy. I am hoping not only to share my journey, but to inspire others with similar challenges. Personally I think everyone would welcome ways to save time, money, and energy, but to some it is imperative. The content you can expect to see includes life hacks, organizational and time management resources, tips and tricks to saving money, ideas and resources for making money doing simple tasks or passively, and simple inexpensive gift giving ideas. To those of you who may be concerned that this may just be one big pity party, I want to be clear. I have conditions that have altered my abilities, but this is about taking as much control over my life as I possibly can, and to make it a positive experience. I will not however, turn anyone away if they ask about my illnesses specifically. Perhaps they are newly diagnosed, and need some advice that I haven’t shared. I encourage those individuals to contact me any time. I want people to be able to positively bounce ideas off of one another to make it a blog that everyone can benefit from.

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