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Sam Dobson Writes: 5 Dates That Are Always Budget Friendly

Thursday, April 2, 2015

5 Dates That Are Always Budget Friendly

Any married couple can tell you how important it is to have quality date time. As busy adults, there just isn't enough time in the day to give your relationship the kind of attention it deserves. To make up for conflicting schedules and early nights, don't skimp on date nights. Making date night a regular occurrence can strengthen your relationship and alleviate the stresses of everyday life. Blake and I feel so connected and in love after a date, just the two of us. Date night really is a necessity for a good marriage. However, it can also be a costly practice that many people just can't afford.

Don't worry! There is a way you can go out for date night without breaking the bank. My little secret to keeping date night alive while staying on a budget- Groupon and LivingSocial! Okay, okay, I know this isn't some big revelation. Everyone knows about Groupon and LivingSocial, but how often do you utilize it? It's one of the most cost effective ways to go out on dates- aside from doing date night at home, in which case I've got you covered with 10 at-home date night ideas

For Christmas, I pre-planned 12 dates for Blake and I to go on throughout the new year. Many of these were deals I found on Groupon or LivingSocial. We've had such a good time going on these dates and we don't get plagued by buyers remorse. It's a win-win. True, there are many things on Groupon and LivingSocial that are seasonal, but there are many types of deals that are consistently rotated on these sites. Here are 5 date deals you can get at any given time on Groupon or LivingSocial. 

For The Foodies

There will always be restaurant deals on Groupon and LivingSocial. Going out to eat is a classic date night and these bargain retail sites offer a ton of variety. Enjoy an upscale steakhouse or a raw food eatery. Better yet, take a cooking class where you can be the chef and the hungry customer. If you like a little entertainment with your food, sit down for a dinner detective show or stand-up comedy. The options for a good dinner date deal are limitless. 

For The Thirsty

Blake and I on a wine tasting date at Rancho Los Lomas.
This deal was found on Groupon. 
Wine tasting always makes for a fun date. Head out to a local vineyard if you're lucky enough to live close to one, otherwise a nice wine bar will do just fine. If you rather not have to bother with a taxi ride home, bring the wine tasting to you with an in-home tasting party. If your prefer a different elixir, try craft beer tasting with a side of greasy bar food. 

For The Athletic

Nothing feels better than breaking a sweat with your significant other. If you're a water lover, take a paddle board out in the harbor or learn to surf. If you like to shake and groove, take a dance class. Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow or try your hand at skeet shooting. Feeling competitive? How about a paintball battle? For a more relaxing day, play a round of golf. 

For The Adventurous

There is no shortage of thrill-seeking activities on Groupon and LivingSocial. If you're really daring, jump out of a plane with nothing more than a parachute. For a more romantic adventure, pop a bottle champagne in a hot air balloon. Get scuba certified and explore the bottom of the ocean. A little excitement and a shared experience of adventure can help bring you closer together. 

For The Cultured

History buffs can take in a museum or join a local historic walking tour. Art lovers can enjoy a gallery, or take a graffiti or architecture walking tour. Get tickets to the theater or better yet, cirque du soleil- I love those shows. Go whale watching or visit a local wildlife sanctuary. Appreciate the finer things in life will make you appreciate each other. 

It's not difficult to find a good date deal, you just have to look. Don't neglect your quality time and don't settle for the same old date nights. Get creative, have fun, and love each other. 

Do you have a great date idea you'd like to share? Tell me about!



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