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Natural & Frugal Date Ideas

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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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!

Movie Night

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.

Get Outside

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!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.