before dating marriage - 365 cool dating ideas

You don’t have to buy anything, it’s fun to look around at antiques and nostalgic products from the 90’s. If you do find things at the flea market/thrift store, you can fix them up together. This works with a community garden or a regular park as well. Look up the events calendar of your local paper, there’s tons of free events like art shows, block parties, and festivals that you can go to together. My go-to cheap date is to grab some food from my apartment and walk to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and walk around/hang out on the grass. We still make it a priority to set aside one night a week where we turn off the computers and focus on just being together. It also helps strengthen your marriage because you will start to focus on what is GOOD in your spouse and in your life. In all his studies, he found 3 things that every person can do to create a happy marriage and put them together in this book.

Write out the story of how you met (and fell in love). Your kids and future posterity will be so grateful and it is so fun to go back and read (or watch) years down the road.

Use this printable to easily record and remember all that has gone on in the last 12 months. We were cracking up at some of the funny stuff on there! Make a tent out of forts and pull out your blow-up mattress and sleeping bags. Come back inside when it gets too cold, make hot cocoa and warm up under some big blankets .

Also, until we got a new baseball stadium whenever there was a home game on a Wednesday you could get in for $3 with a student ID (mine didn’t include a date so no one knew I graduated ~3 years ago).

Go through this list of questions and answer them all, back and forth. The bar near my house has free bowling for ladies on Tuesdays and dudes can play for a reduced price ($5) too. Lots of cities are getting cheap and easy bikes you can rent around town and return at any number of vending locations. This will be just $10-20 each at most places and beats the hell out of movie.

Volunteer at the Humane Society together and play with dogs that need extra love. This is not necessarily a cheap date, but a very cheap weekend away: my DNR rents cabins in state parks for just $50 a night and they are new on the inside and have real beds, a table, and a fire pit outside. Go for a walk downtown together on a Friday or Saturday night. Join a rec league and play on the same team together. Find a coffeehouse that has live music and go there for a night. Skates that are worn a lot are a lot “softer” and your feet won’t hurt right away like they will with skates you haven’t worn in a year. Find out the free or reduced-price days to go to your local planetarium or museum. You can get competitive and play each other or make friends by playing as a team against other couples.

Tip: if you don’t skate a lot find a rink where you can rent skates for a few bucks, even if you have them. You can go to any bar and spend the whole night for very little money.

Choose a theme and center everything you do around it. anything eaten by candlelight is romantic (like our Crazy Dinner!

You can melt chocolate or other dipping sauces in a slow cooker or even on your stove top!

Check out two copies of the same book at the library and discuss the book as you read it.

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