The $5.55 Date
Okay…so I’m only a week into this full-time writing gig and I’m already learning some valuable lessons…
Writer’s launching a freelance career ain’t got no money!
Still, the weather was perfect yesterday, we had no plans for the evening, and I HAD to get out of the house. It was time to take my sweetie on a date anyway, but here was the rub…I had a budget of about five bucks.
You know what?
We had an awesome date!
It’s amazing what you can do with 90% creativity and 10% cash…
The $5.55 Date Plan
Step one: Pile into the minivan, load the kiddo’s stroller and head down the street.
Cost: $0 (okay, maybe a few cents in gas to drive 2 miles roundtrip.)
Time: 10 minutes
Step two: Dinner
Swing through the Wendy’s drive-through…
2 – 1/4lb Double Stacks, heavy onion and pickle (we love each other) = .99/ea
2 – “Value drinks” 16oz = .99/ea
1 – Medium Fry (split) = $1.59
Time: 5 minutes
The Fountain at Wilsonville Keeping her Highness happy…
Step three: A Romantic Setting
Drive to the library and park.
Load the kidlet into her stroller, grab the grub, and walk across the street to the park. Grab a picnic table in sight of the fountain, and enjoy. Talk about your day; feed the baby a couple of French fries…
Time: 30 minutes
Okay, a bit narcissistic, I know, but I love seeing my books at the library, lol!
Step four: Make the most of freebies
After dinner, walk back over to the library and peruse the shelves. We grabbed a couple of funny books, and a romantic movie or two. (NOTE: If you haven’t been to the library, they have a HUGE selection of both VHS & DVD, everything from oldies, to documentaries, to the latest Hollywood hits.
(This actually saved us money, as we won’t be renting any movies this week. I may even cancel my Netflix subscription.)
Time: 60 minutes
Step five: Enjoy the Sunset
After checking out from the Library, we headed back to the park and took a leisurely stroll through the park, swung Gracie on the swings, watched the teenagers being “cool” (this was entertainment in itself) and enjoyed the landscaping, the water-fountains, talking and walking hand in hand.
Time: 30 minutes
TOTAL COST: $5.55
TOTAL TIME: 2 hours, 15 minutes
No noisy crowds, no babysitting hassles, and no “buyer’s remorse” over a hefty restaurant bill! We got to talk, play with the baby, get a little exercise, and grab some entertainment for the rest of the week.
A great time!
All for a fiver and some change!
So…what would YOU do on a five-dollar date?
(This is for posterity so…please…be honest…)