Living a frugal lifestyle but still want to treat your special someone to a wonderful evening? No problem! There are lots of cheap date options out there; it's a matter of making them happen! You may feel pressure to take your date somewhere that costs way more than you can afford, but just remember -- if they don't have the spunk to try out something different and be willing to live life frugally, well, you may not be able to get along anyway.
Cheap Dates are great for first dates, tenth dates, or I-can't-remember the dates! Whether you've been married for years or are just starting to get to know your significant other, these inexpensive outing options can be great fun.
This time in Cheap Dates, we'll take a look at a night in a substitute hotel, otherwise known as housesitting! You'll get to enjoy the fun of being somewhere new that doesn't belong to either of you without having to pay any exorbitant hotel fees.
Find a friend or relative who needs you to house sit. This is a rather important starting place, because if you can't find an empty house or apartment, you won't have anywhere to go on your faux hotel date! You may want to see if you can find a spot that's a good distance from where you live -- not so far that it's more than a day trip, but far enough that you'll be away from everything familiar and can enjoy the new sights and scenery.
Make sure you can have a guest with you. If they do say it's okay for you to bring your date with you, you'll need to keep in mind that the rules will be the same: you have to clean up after yourselves, and you can't destroy anything!
Bring along a movie, as if you were getting to watch pay-per-view, and do anything else you can to make it feel like a nice hotel experience. (Or a cheap motel experience, depending on the quality of the house!) If they have a pool or hot tub, or if the apartment complex does, go swimming!
Be sure to tidy up, and don't make any messes you can't fix. In other words, don't get too rowdy and break something!