3 Avenues for Affordable Date Nights

By Sun Jung  •  May 28, 2014

You know it. You’re a turncoat who is afraid to be unmasked by your date – a gourmet aficionado who searches crème brûlée at work, but also a cheap pro who does not want to pay for it. So you opt for local MSG-takeout followed by Netflix with the pretense that “We have each other! Money can’t buy happiness.” But the minute the movie starts, a couple is shown in a fancy restaurant giving the slowest, tormenting execution to the previous prattle. Truth is, Hollywood does an exemplary PR campaign for idyllic dates but airbrushes away the affording part. The real-world cost of such a pastime can go up to $50 per person. However, there are several promotions online that can dramatically reduce the cost like black magic. You just need to find them. Here are a few options for affordable date nights.


Affordable Date Nights

LivingSocial is the treasure chest buried right under your browser. Without any additional fees, you can easily sign up and look at the most up-to-date coupons on eateries, entertainment, and excursions in your local area. They have a 30% to 70% vouchers on restaurants and no, not McDonald’s. Think Habana food, prime ribs, sushi, and chocolate fountain from your area’s hottest gourmet spots. Type any city and see all the miscellaneous obscure promotions that upscale restaurants are offering, but not mentioning publicly. You know those steakhouses like Laurenzo’s in Houston that get raving national reviews but have towering prices? They are in LivingSocial where you can buy full three-course meals for the price of average dishes. Dig out those jewel-packages in your city.



Perhaps forgetting to pick up that online shovel to dig deals is likely during a busy, hectic week. For those who want these opportunities delivered directly to them, subscribe to Groupon. They have daily vouchers ranging from 50% to 90% off in dining places around your residence. The sweetest part about Groupon is that their deals never lose their worth – whatever you paid will still have the same value after the expiration date. Groupon purchases are shinier than diamonds. They don’t depreciate and they come looking for you. Also, it has a ‘Freebies’ section of additional coupons and giveaway product samples exclusively designed to sedate further your full-fee-phobia.



People with roomy appetites should hit Restaurant.com, an online outlet of café and dining deals in the country. Choose a city and it will expose a pool of diverse places with the latest offers and ratings. It is not just the prices that you’ll find, but other people’s insights on the food and service. Do you live in D.C.? Sparkle that dinner by redeeming certificates for Odyssey Cruises. Are you in LA now? There is an abundance of Mexican food that you can indulge. And remember to check out their blog where palate-driven individuals like you share tips and opinions on dining. Take $25 gift certificates for $10 to save more for your gusto.

Usually, your scale of idealism when it comes to date night does not really balance well with your personal expenditure limits. So tip it to that optimum point by visiting these sites and do not settle for a stay-home-movie night. The happiness for such activity has space for one person, not two.  

Sun Jung Sun Jung Sun Jung is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Southern California majoring in English Literature. Born in South Korea, she was raised in Guadalajara, Mexico for seventeen years before coming to LA for college.

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