May 6, 2013

3 Date Nights On A Budget

Nothing screams romance more than budgeting. Am I right?

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Money stress is not sexy, but it is a reality for many families. But you guys need to go out and be a couple and do couple things from time to time, for your kids’ sake.

I’ve come up with some budget-friendly date night ideas in Omaha.

Free Concert, Carefree Nights

jazz on the greenIf it’s summer, it’s outdoor music time. The granddaddy of them all is Jazz on the Green – the free night of music at Midtown Crossing held Thursdays. Here’s the website to find out more, though this summer’s line up hasn’t been announced quite yet. This is my favorite, hand’s down. Pack a picnic, bring something to drink (alcohol is permitted) and some seats and kick back. Save money and just bring food that’s already in your fridge and cupboards. (Disclosure: I work for Omaha Performing Arts … but I’ve loved Jazz on the Green for much longer than I’ve worked there. This is not a sponsored post).

Free Wine? Yes, Please

Year-round, there are monthly art walks. Pick a night and neighborhood that works for you and venture out. You can find walks in Benson and downtown Omaha, for example. These free walks are not stuffy kind of events. They’re fun and casual (so wear jeans or whatever is comfortable), and if you find something you want to buy, you can talk with th artist about the piece and learn the inspiration behind it or how it was made. You can get some food samples and wine, usually, for free at most venues (though, too much wine and you’ll buy more than you were planning on).

Take Me Out…To The Ball Game

If cheap beer and live sports is more your thing, you and your beloved should head to Werner Park on a Thirsty Thursday game night. Tickets are pretty reasonable (Berm seating, I storm chasers logobelieve is $6), parking is free and select beers are $1. I’m not a huge baseball fan, but the Storm Chasers know how to entertain a crowd. This is the ultimate carefree date night, and can’t be beat on a cool summer night. Cheer loudly for the home team, enjoy some cheap beer and just have a fun time. The only downside to this date night is that it’s very easy get caught up in the atmosphere and buy a bunch of snacks, making it not as budget friendly as it could be (but tastier, yes).

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