There's a difference between dating when you're single and going on dates when you're in a relationship. The main advantage of going out with your partner is that you should be completely comfortable with each other so there's no need to try to impress beyond your means.
At this point, it's about spending time with that special someone, which presents the perfect opportunity for budget-friendly dates. As an established couple, you are likely cognizant of each other's financial goals, or perhaps are already building together financially. It's fun to splurge, but it's often the moments spent doing the simplest things with the person you love that are the most memorable. Try these seven tips to help you stash away a few extra bucks, while always keeping the romance alive.
Go grocery shopping together.
When a couple lives together, going grocery shopping together is a fairly normal thing to do, but if couples aren't cohabiting it's more of a rarity. Even though you're grocery shopping for separate households, shopping together kills two birds with one stone. You get to spend time together and pick up necessities. Maybe you even agree to cook dinner together a few nights a week.
Help each other out with chores.
Doing chores together is another way to sneak in some extra time while being productive and keeping any extra cash in your pockets.
Working out together is inexpensive.
Working out is always more fun with a partner, as long as you can keep your focus. Not only are you spending valuable time together, you're taking steps toward leading healthier lives. A significant other is a great option for an accountability partner.
Netflix and chill doesn't have to be about sex.
We all know the implications of "Netflix and chill." It may not be the ideal date for people just getting to know one another, but it's great for your budget. Pick a movie or TV show that you're both dying to watch, this way you avoid distracting each other while it's on.
Get in the kitchen and cook meals together.
It's tempting to go out and grab a quick bite to eat, but frequently eating out adds up very quickly. Home-cooked meals are usually far less expensive, and working together in the kitchen is a fun and easy way to build your teamwork skills.
Game nights are the bomb.
Game nights are always fun because there is an endless amount of variety. You can spice things up even more by including friends and mixing in food and drinks. It would be far less expensive than a night out and could be equally as fun.
Picnics are romantic.
These days, picnics seem to often get overlooked as a great date idea because there are so many other options. Spending quiet time together outdoors should not be taken for granted. Picnics are romantic and inexpensive. You could even take the leftovers from a meal you prepared together.