How Not to Go Broke While Dating

Kristina Kraus
Greater Nevada Credit Union
Whether it’s your first date or you’ve been with someone for years, it can be hard to manage your money while trying to wine and dine at the same time. Depending on where you go, a typical dinner, drinks, and movie date could cost a $100 for the night. If you have a date night once a week, that quickly adds up to over $5000 for the year.  And that doesn’t even factor in a babysitter if you have kids! Luckily, when it comes to dating there is really no need for extravagances so long as you make the effort to spend quality time together.

Take a look at some of these ideas below for some fun and affordable dates. 

Cut Down Dining Expenses

It’s no secret that eating out is expensive. To avoid the high costs of dining out, impress your other half by cooking for them instead. Even if you are not a great cook, there are plenty of easy recipes out there to follow and your sheer effort will be sure to amaze them.

To make the date even more fun, pre-make a meal and take it to-go and have it picnic style. You can also make it a dinner party and invite some other friends over to eat and spend the night playing board games or sitting around a fire pit.

Go on Affordable Adventures

Skip the expensive tour packages and instead save a few bucks by going on your own adventure. Enjoy a bike ride around the Lake Tahoe trails or tackle a hike for some breath taking views. Shared experiences like these can be more memorable than paying for professional tour guides.

Keep it Local

Sometimes you don’t have to go far to entertain a date. Check out your local community’s events calendar for ideas to get out and be social. Try wandering the streets of a local farmer’s market and share some fresh fruit and snacks or check out a concert in the park.  If you live around Reno you could partake in the Reno Superhero crawl for some great people watching, go to the Reno Air Races or attend Hot August Nights.

Stay In

Finding low cost things to do can be hard and if you’re already having issues budgeting your money, then it may be smart to simply plan a date night in. You could plan to watch the sunset, rent a movie or do some baking together. By staying in you’ll be able to keep your budget in check and not be tempted to overspend like you might be if you were to go out. 

As for special occasions, if you have the budget, then by all means splurge and plan something extra fun. For these sorts of occasions and even for smaller expenses, remember that if you use your Greater Nevada Debit Card or Greater Nevada MasterCard, you can earn rewards!