During a relationship, it may seem as though the list of things to do is limited. The basics usually involve going to dinner, a movie or on a picnic. However, just about any day or night out with someone you cherish classifies as a date and they should be the most enjoyable part of being in a relationship. Different experiences allow you to understand each other’s temperaments and ability to adapt in an environment that may be outside of your comfort zone. This change of surroundings is usually the reason why different dates are more awkward for some than others. In the end, the memories…whether it be good or bad…will make riveting stories.

We are all comfortable in a particular environment and aspire to try a change in scenery every now and then. The problem is, one person may prefer to go ice skating while the other would rather have a dinner date at a five-star restaurant. Other issues may arise when cost and time are factored into the equation. These issues make it easy for many couples to stick with the usual $10.00 movie night or a KFC run. Although fast food runs and watching reruns on TV tend to be the most comfortable and enjoyable moments in a relationship, you probably won’t regret putting in a little effort every now and then to do something out of the norm.

How to Plan Creative Dates on a Budget

1. Make a list

The both of you should make a list of all the things that you have always wanted to do and places that you’ve wanted to go to. It should consist of all the things each of you have dreamed of doing, no matter the cost.

2. Create a Budget and Save

You must have an idea of the total cost of each time out. For example, if you intend to go to a five-star restaurant, try to get a hold of their menu -with prices- so that you will know exactly how much you will have to spend. Once you are aware of the amount that you will have to spend, put some money aside each pay day for that purpose.

3. Set Dates

Check your calendars and put dates next to each of the things on your list. When will be the most convenient time for you to do each thing that was listed? The dates that you choose should go according to your budget. If you estimate that it will take approximately two months for you to save enough money to go to a particular restaurant, then set your schedule to reflect that. One “special date” a month should be easy on the pocket. If you can afford more then, kudos to you!

4. Organize

Put your list in date order and follow through with your plans!

These tips were made so that you will be able to save up and plan special trips with a special someone. Your relationship should not be surrounded by extravagant/planned dates. Spontaneous trips to the beach with just a blanket and a bottle of water or Netflix night should never be eliminated.

I hope this post helped you in some way.