Date night doesn't need to break the bank! Here are those tips as well as a handful more:
Hit Happy Hour
If you can manage to head out in the early evening, say 5ish, a bevy of bargains await. There are a ton of local restaurants luring patrons with stellar happy hour specials. In fact, we do a series called “Happy Hour Test Drive” where we showcase Orlando's best happy hours. Check it out.
Make it a Day Date
Dinner dates are by far the priciest so consider a brunch or lunch date instead. Perhaps plan a picnic with provisions from your own fridge. Here is a list of some of my 10 Perfect Picnic Spots in Orlando. And be sure to follow our Brunch Buzz series to stay in the know about Orlando's best brunches.
Start a Date Night Jar
Stick a jar on your kitchen counter and start filling it with your change and dollar bills. In a few weeks, you’ll have socked away enough cash to grab a movie or maybe even dinner, if you’re diligent about filling your jar. Also, check to see if your bank does a ‘keep the change’ account where they round up your transactions and stick that money in a separate account. I'm telling you… it adds up!
Swap Kid Care
Babysitting fees are part of the reason a lot of parents nix date night; understandably since these clever teens tend to charge around $10/hour. Instead of forking over $40 for a sitter, see if you can find another family willing to swap babysitting with you.
Find the Freebies
From art walks to outdoor events to free concerts, there are a ton of free activities in the Orlando area that won’t cost you a penny. Be sure to check out our Free/Cheap category for ideas.
Jazz up Your At Home Date Nights
With a little creativity and some pre-planning, you can whip up some primo QT without leaving the comfort of your own home. Consider creating a theme night, such as Italian, and plan your meal, music, and movie around it. I usually find some pretty stellar at-home date night ideas HERE.
The cheapest, and arguably, the best way to really connect is to get out in nature; thankfully we Central Floridians have no shortage of options or sunshine keeping us from the great outdoors. My favorites include Wekiwa Springs and Albin Polasek, but here’s a handful more for you to check out plus tips on great local hiking locations.