7 Fun and Cheap Day Date Ideas for Couples

7 Fun and Cheap Day Date Ideas for Couples

Grown-up time is important, and the romantic day date may be the perfect way to get it!

By Wendy Robinson

If you have school-aged children, one of the best things about fall and the start of the school year is that the season of the day date is officially here!

Day dates are a great way to connect with your partner and save a boatload on babysitting. Simply plan the same weekday off, get the kids to school, and then enjoy five or six hours of uninterrupted grown-up time.

Here are some great day date ideas that are fun and easy on the wallet:

1. Go out for a leisurely breakfast at a divey diner or local greasy spoon. Bring along a newspaper or a magazine and share hash browns and interesting articles with each other.

2. Visit a local state park or urban trail and do a light hike and picnic lunch.

3. Head out to a matinee movie and make sure it’s a grown-up movie (nothing animated or “G” rated for a change!). And I’ll be honest – I’d save a little money on this date by sticking a bag of candy in my purse and planning on lunch afterwards, instead of shelling out for movie snacks.

4. Breakfast in bed: One parent takes the kids to school and picks up some bagels. Enjoy the bagels back in bed and have some cozy hangout time. What you do after the bagels is totally up to you. I bet you’ll think of something to pass the time …


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5. Visit a museum or other cultural attraction. A lot of museums have discount or free days during the work week.

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6. Head to the local used bookstore and look for treasures on the shelves -- a favorite date for my husband and me, and it works well for day or evening. We usually pick out a few books and then go for a coffee and shared dessert afterward.

7. Visit a restaurant that is a little out of your price range, as lunch prices are more reasonable. Plus, you probably won’t have to wait as long to get a table.

Depending how many vacation days you and/or your partner have, a day date every few months might just be the right thing to help stay connected without breaking the bank.

What’s your favorite kind of day date?

Wendy Robinson is a writer, working mom, and graduate student. Someday she'd like to sleep in again. She also blogs at www.athleticmonkey.wordpress.com.

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Great ideas! We like to try to go to the gym together on no kid days.

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