My 30th birthday is right around the corner and I’ve been trying to come up with interesting ways to spend the big day. I decided not to go the frugal route on this one. My husband and I will cough up some money for a romantic sunset sail, then head out for a late dinner and maybe a sweet dessert.

Before making this decision I poked around the Internet for fun, frugal date ideas. The search for ‘frugal dates’ brought back some interesting results. The list below includes my top ten favorites:

  1. Curl up together in your backyard or a local park for some star-watching. In our case we could go to the Observatory to check out the stars.
  2. Spend the day at a park with a playground. Make a picnic lunch and play on the swings.
  3. Go to the local farmers market or state fair.
  4. Visit the zoo. Some zoos charge an entrance fee, but the zoo closest to us is free.
  5. Take a long bike ride and stop at a secluded location for a picnic.
  6. Spend a day at the beach, swimming and making sand castles.
  7. Attend a softball, lacrosse, or baseball game at a local college.
  8. Go for a hike.
  9. Take a long drive together.
  10. Take a tour of local wineries or breweries.