4 affordable date night ideas to strengthen your relationship

Wedding Planning Tip: Engagement Photo Shoot Ideas; J May Photography: Looking to mix up your Friday night routine but not wanting to break the bank?  Try these inexpensive, stress-free ways to experience date night with your significant other.

Spend Friday night at your local park.  Search your city for the nearest park, or explore a location you’ve never been.  Bring a blanket, snacks and your favorite bottle of wine to make the visit unique and relaxing.  Tune your phone to your fave Spotify station and get ready to reconnect with your beau.

Amp up taco night.  Tacos are absolutely my favorite make-at-home dinner.  They’re fool-proof to assemble and you can mix up ingredients each time you treat yourself.  To turn this into a date-worthy event, break out the wedding china and add several tea-lights to your dining table.  Turn off the TV, unplug the iPhone, and play a cd from the first band you saw together while you dine.  There’s nothing like eating by candle-light to help slow down life and focus on the now with one another.

Tour a free gallery or museum.  Search your local online paper for free art gallery events or discounted museum nights for a new spin on your Friday night routine.  Get to really know your spouse and what fascinates them – are they secretly a fine art aficionado or a major antique car enthusiast?  Surround yourselves in historic local and worldly culture for a delightfully inexpensive evening you won’t soon forget.

See a local band.  Support your community while spending the night out on the town with your boo.  Explore the local bar scene for live music nights and experience the energy and feel of a rock concert in a significantly more intimate (and much less costly) atmosphere.  You may be surprised at the talent you encounter performing at the friendly dive bar right in your neighborhood.

For more refreshing, affordable ideas, check out Groupon and sign up for discounted rock climbing lessons, buy one get one free tapas, or ridiculously good deals on weekend getaways to local resorts for your and yours.

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