Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Day Date

My boy and I like to be active. We're homebodies trapped in a social butterfly's life. It's a great way to live. It can also take a toll on the wallet. Luckily, my boy and I are crafty. We're very creative with how to steal a date at any time of the day with using minimal funds. This passed weekend, we were living the high-life in NYC on Saturday night, splitting everything 50/50. Dinner, drinks, cabs and subways-all put a huge dent in my checking account.

Come Sunday, we decided to have a nice, relaxing day that wouldn't cost us an arm and a leg. We made breakfast for ourselves, something we've recently instilled. Gone are the days of stopping for breakfast and an iced coffee from the local coffee shop at $5 a pop, now it has become more of a treat than a necessity. We had gorgeous weather on Sunday, my boy just started driving towards the historic village of Hyde Park. FDR's old stomping grounds. We pulled into the Vanderbilt Mansion, a beautiful home turned tourist attraction. The grounds overlook the Hudson River and there are plenty of paths to walk and open grass to picnic. Had we planned ahead, we could have brought a homemade lunch, but my boy likes to fly by the seat of his pants.


Strolling the grounds of Vanderbilt hand-in-hand was the perfect day date I could ever dream up. Not a cloud in the sky, the peacefulness of the Hudson Valley and the love that we share.

If you're on a budget, there are plenty of great day date's in and around your area. You just have to open your eyes and your mind.

Other great day date's can include:

-Driving Range: a bucket of balls and club rentals aren't that expensive. If neither of you are golfers it will be a great laugh to share and it kills some time.

-Bike Ride: Whether there's a trail, a lake or a beach a bike ride is great for your health and your relationship.

-Flea & Farmer's Market: There are great deals to be had at both of these markets. At the farmer's market you can save money on some fresh fruits and veggies as part of a scrumptious meal to make for your significant other. Flea Markets let you discover other people's trash could be your treasure, plus one-of-a-kind, hand crafts are great to finish your home with.

Where do you like to have "Day Dates"?

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