BUDGET FRIENDLY FALL DATE IDEAS
This is a guest post from Kayla of OurStart.com.
Many people adore fall. Heat and humidity give way to cool, crisp air. Green leaves turn into a melange of inviting color. This is the season when the languid torpor of summer recedes and people feel motivated again. Students return to school. People come back from vacations ready to work hard again.
As the hot air leaves, it’s a time to think about making human connections. Fall is the perfect time for love. This is when people think about cuddling up on a deliciously cool afternoon and relaxing by the fire as a light rain falls outside.
One of the best things about dating in the fall is just how easy it is to do on a budget. There are dozens of ways to have a fabulous date without busting the budget, and here are just a few.
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13 BUDGET FRIENDLY FALL DATE IDEAS
1. USE THE FIRE PIT
If you don’t have a fireplace you can buy one for a small fee. Fire pits are easy to use and highly inviting. All you need is some wood to create a romantic date as the sun goes down. Invite your beloved to sit next to you and appreciate the roaring fire. Bring out some coffee and a few things to grill on the fire for a nice meal such as spiced chicken kabobs.
2. LOCAL FOOTBALL GAMES
Fall is football season. Take advantage of it and bring a date to a football game. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to go to a pro game. Many local colleges and even high schools have football teams you and your date can enjoy in person. Cheer your favorite local team from the stands.
3. APPLE PICKING
Autumn is the season for these delicious fruits. Many areas of the country have public orchards where people can pick fruit right off the tree. Make an afternoon of it. You and your partner can sample lots of types of apples and see which ones you like best. You’ll get to know each other over a healthy, inexpensive fresh snack. Bring some home to make an apple pie together.
4. PUMPKIN CARVING
Another symbol of fall, pumpkins are bright and pleasing to the eye. Invite a partner over on a date to create a personalized design. You and your partner can decide on a final look for each pumpkin. Pumpkins are cheap so you can buy more than one. You can take one and he can take the other. Have a set of knives on hand so you can carve the pumpkin. Season the pumpkin seeds and roast them for an inexpensive snack.
5. CREATE YOUR OWN HALLOWEEN COSTUMES
Halloween parties are the order of the day during the fall. You don’t need to spend a lot to have a terrific costume that will attract many admiring glances. Take some time to look up ideas using materials you may already have in the house right now. For example, create a robot costume using foil and cardboard boxes. You and your partner can have a great evening together figuring out what you’re going to be for this October holiday.
6. BREWERY TOURS
Many communities have breweries. Many brewing companies are happy to invite guests to see how their favorite beverage is made. Invite your date to come with you as you explore the world of beer. Better yet, many breweries offer free tours that even include no cost beer samples.
7. LEAF PEEP
You don’t need to head all the way to Vermont to see dozens of changing leaves. Many regional parks have thick groves where you can see them right at home. Take a walk through a local park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Look for particularly beautiful fallen leaves. Bring them home and create a memorable collage of your date.
8. ATTEND A HARVEST FESTIVAL
Harvest festivals are commonly held in many communities. For a small fee, people can stroll the grounds and examine local produce and other products in person. Many harvest festivals also have other activities on their grounds including eating contests and livestock demonstrations. Watch as judges determine which pie they like best.
9. AT HOME MOVIE NIGHT
Brush up on your favorite fall movies with an at-home movie night. Rent some of your favorite fall-themed movies and invite your date over. Bring out the popcorn and some cider for inexpensive refreshments.
10. DECORATE YOUR SPACE FOR FALL
Turn your personal space into a showcase for all that is right about this season. Think color and light. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a look that celebrates the season. You and your date can have lots of fun thinking about ways to spiff up each corner of the place.
11. TAKE A KNITTING CLASS
Knitting is a fun skill that both men and women can master. Inexpensive knitting supplies can be found in many places. All you need is a class instructor (if you don’t want to leave the house, you can find knitting tutorials on sites like Youtube), some fall colored yarn and knitting needles. You and your partner can learn to create a hat or a scarf that will warm you up as the weather gets colder.
12. HEAD TO THE BEACH
Warm summer temperatures often linger even as fall marches on. Now is the perfect time to head to the beach boardwalk again. The crowds have moved on so you’ll have the place to yourself. The boardwalk makes the ideal place for a walk for two people. Set a beach blanket on the sand with enough room for two and your homemade lunch. Dip your toes in the water at the same time and admire the view.
13. VISIT YOUR LOCAL ZOO
Zoos tend to be highly popular during the warm summer months. Wait until the heat dies down. You’ll find fewer crowds there and lots to see and do. Many zoos have days when admission is free. You and your partner can see adorable animals in person and spend time watching as a zookeeper feeds them.
What are some of your favorite budget friendly fall date ideas to do with your sweetheart?
Kayla Clough is the email specialist at OurStart. Kayla is a recent graduate of Eastern University in PA where she majored in Marketing and Human Resources. Kayla loves all things fashion, her golden retriever Max, and coffee. When she is not working, you can find her binge-watching Sex in the City and baking her latest find on Pinterest.