Affordable Valentine's Date Ideas
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Affordable Valentine’s Date Ideas

Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 at 11:12 am
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Valentine’s Day is, without a doubt, a holiday that is designed for romance.  It provides a good reason to ask someone out for the very first time.  It makes an excellent reason to take your spouse on a Date Night.  What if you don’t have a lot of money to spend?  There are ways to make a Valentines Date more affordable.

One way to make an valentines dinner date into something more affordable is to use a social coupon.  Groupon and LivingSocial might be two of the most popular ones to check out.  What kinds of deals are they offering you, right now?  You might be able to find a half off coupon for one of the nice, expensive, restaurants that you normally wouldn’t be able to afford.

The great thing about social coupons is that they are for places that are located in your area.  You and your date won’t have to travel very far to get to the restaurant that you have a social coupon for.  The social coupon will save you money on dinner, and the nearby location will save you money on gas.

Another great, and inexpensive, valentines date is for the two of you to go check out a museum.  It could be an art museum, a history museum, or one that is focused on science and technology.  Pick one that is nearby, and that your date would find interesting.

Most museums have a certain day of the week where they offer free admission.  If you can’t get there on the free day, there are other ways to save money on admission.  The museum might have a discounted price for students, or for seniors.  If that describes you, then make sure you bring some identification with you that shows proof.  If this won’t work for you, then you might be able to find a social coupon that can give you a discount on the admission price.

Planning on taking your valentine to see a movie?  You might want to consider catching the matinee showing, instead of the evening one.  Movie theaters tend to charge less for afternoon showings of films.  The matinee showings tend to attract less people, which means you and your date may end up with a whole theater to yourselves.

There might be something fun going on in your local mall that you and your valentine can check out.  When my husband and I first met, we went on a date that consisted of walking around the mall, and checking out the intricate model railroad displays that the boy scouts had designed.  It didn’t cost a thing to do, and it was really fun!

 

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