Hi friends! I hope you all had a wonderful, refreshing weekend! I am so ready to hit the ground running this week! I have seen posts all over the blog world about what to wear on Valentine's Day or gift guides for what to get your significant other/bff/mom, etc on Valentine's Day. And I love all of them! But I thought that instead of giving you a post on those things, I'd give you a few Valentine's date ideas, in the hopes that you'll get to enjoy something fun if you're like me and ballin' on a budget. I think gifts for Valentine's are tons of fun too, but I'm still a little burnt out wallet wise after Christmas and Myles' January birthday, so here are 5 ways to enjoy a date with your significant other or your favorite gal pal without breaking the bank!
5 Date Ideas Under $50
1. Get active and then have a picnic in the park
I know this is a less traditional date, but I think it'd be so fun to go kayaking, rock climbing, or just running in the park, and then enjoy a nice picnic after. It's easy, fun, and you get a chance to enjoy being outside, especially if it's nice weather like it is in LA right now. Myles and I once played frisbee by the LSU lakes and then ate some homemade chocolate chip cookies. It was such a fun, laid back afternoon!
2. Join a museum, planetarium, or zoo
I love museums, and Myles does too, so this is something we do often. We are lucky that here in BR we have the planetarium, Old Capitol, Capitol, Old Governor's Mansion, etc, and in Nola we have the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, and WWII museum. If you do a quick Google search, I'm sure there are tons of cool places in your town that has early bird or student deals and sometimes it's fun to play tourist in your own town! We got a year-long membership to our planetarium for only $7 last year, totally unexpectedly, so you never know what sort of deals you'll find!
3. Go to brunch and then a matinée movie
Brunch is hands down my favorite meal of the day. I love having a lazy morning and then getting all dressed up to go out and start my day. Combine that with an early movie and I'm all in. It can be so expensive these days to do dinner and a movie, so brunch and a movie is a million times better in my opinion. No stress about an expensive dinner, no worries about tickets selling out, and sometimes you get a whole theater to yourself! Even better! One of Myles and I's first dates was breakfast and a trip to the outlet mall about 30 minutes away. I liked the fact that it was during the day because it felt like less pressure, but we had the whole day to spend together if we wanted, too, and obviously it ended up working out and we had so much fun!
4. Cook something you love together
Y'all this one is my favorite. I am lucky enough to get to live with Myles everyday, so we cook together quite often, but I know that's not the case with everyone. I highly recommend having a make your own pizza night (or tacos!), followed by a Sundae bar. I think it's so much fun to get to come up with your own creations and try each other's out. Picking something you both like and making it together can be such a good way to laugh together but also get to know each other better if you're a new couple, plus you always have something to do, so there aren't any awkward pauses.
5. Tour a brewery or local attraction
A few weeks ago, I toured the Abita brewery with Myles' family. I don't drink beer, so I didn't think I'd enjoy it very much, but it ended up being so much fun. We learned about how the beer was made, got to try tons of samples, and then hung out in the bar afterwards trying some of the limited edition or test run stuff. It was a blast and only $5 a person, so I think it's worth looking into local attractions in your area. Similar to the big stuff like zoos and aquariums, they always have deals for students. I know that LA has tons of breweries all around the state, and I highly recommend touring one if you get the chance!