Natural & Frugal Date Ideas
Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am
Sure, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, but every day is a great day to celebrate the one you love. Planning a date with the one you love doesn’t have to cost a fortune and you can do it in a way that reflects your shared natural, eco-friendly, or active lifestyle. Here are a few ideas you can use on Valentine’s Day and beyond to spend time with someone special:
Have a Picnic!
If you’re lucky enough to live in an area that isn’t freezing during February, plan a picnic with your loved one. Pack a bag or basket with tasty natural snacks like nuts or organic fruits. Cook a meal beforehand and pack it into some reusable containers. You can also make it a romantic picnic and bring chocolate, strawberries and a sparkling beverage. Head out to the beach, your favorite park, a beautiful field, or even just your backyard. Throw down a blanket, open your bag or basket, and enjoy each other’s company in the great outdoors!
Going to the movies can cost a fortune. Not to mention, you’ll most likely be enticed to splurge on some buttery popcorn or sugary candy. You can enjoy movie night at home for a fraction of the price. You can even eat healthier, homemade versions of your movie favorites. You can rent or Netflix a movie you’ve never seen or watch one you own that is special to you as a couple. If you’re looking to surprise your loved one, watch something they love or that is special to them. Turn off the lights (you’ll save a little cash), cook up some popcorn at home, and enjoy any of your favorite snacks or goodies.
A great way to spend time with that special someone is to get outside. Take a hike, go for a long walk, ride a bike, or head out to the beach to lounge on the sand. If you’re walking or hiking, you can chat with your loved one and really spend quiet, alone time with him/her. Jogging, hiking, or doing something really active together is a great way to not only remain healthy, but you can encourage and accomplish something together. The best part about going outside is that it costs nothing!
Cook a Meal Together
One great idea is to head to your local store or farmer’s market together and pick out your favorite natural or organic ingredients. You can also make it fun and randomly pick out ingredients and figure out a recipe when you get home. When it’s cooked, set the table, play some nice music, light some soy candlesticks, and pull out the nice linens for a nice, romantic dinner right in your dining room!