Dating during college is hard. Dating during law school is difficult. Dating somebody in law school while one person already graduated from law school? Also difficult. This is what M and I are.
As most readers know I’m halfway done with law school (THANK GOD) and M graduated in May, passed the bars and found a job. Between working around his normal work schedule and my messy school/work schedule, we don’t have much time to spend together. Usually, what we do is spend weekends together- but alternate which apartment we stay at. This way, nobody feels like it’s a one way effort or feels like they’re being eaten out of house and home.
Both M and I are actively trying to save money for the future. I’ll have around $230K in loans by the time I graduate and fortunately, I don’t have to pay them back while in school. Unfortunately, that means that the interest is accruing while I’m in school and up until I finally pay them all off. I’ve tried to keep myself informed about my loans while I’m in school so I can create a game plan to pay off my loans as quickly as possible while still being able to live. I could write a million entries on my loans, which I’ll probably end up doing in a few months.
Anyways, back to the fun stuff! Since M and I are trying to save, we often look to inexpensive, or even free, date ideas to try out. We love to learn and experience new things together, so we comb through uwishunu a website that posts different events taking place through Philadelphia. The events are all different types and prices, so you can find an activity that interests you.
I had been staying over at M’s apartment for a few days when we decided to get out of the house and use up some gift cards he had around his apartment. Dinner was at this beautiful little cafe (if anybody wants the name, leave a comment!) and we went back to his apartment to finish a bottle of wine. Cost = $0.
On Saturday, we were again combing through uwishunu and found out about this little theater in Old City that was putting on the play “Beauty and the Beast”. The website of the theater advertised $10 rush tickets for students if the students had their student IDs and showed up 30 minutes before the showing. We got to the theater pretty early and killed some time popping in and out of the art galleries that lined the street. The play was absolutely wonderful and afterwards we grabbed a liter of beer at this German bar close by. Cost so far per person = $ 18.00. After we left the bar, we were trying to figure out what to have for dinner so we bought two 24 oz PBR’s (we’re actually pretty classy people, if you couldn’t tell) and ordered Chinese food. This particular restaurant had mailed M some coupons when he first moved in, so we used one of those, too. Cost so far per person = $ 10.00. Later on that night, we streamed “Saturday Night Fever” and just hung around the apartment. Cost = $ 28.00.
Sunday morning, we were back on uwishunu and found out that this beautiful art gallery, The Barnes Foundation, was having a free admission day. We spent the day there, saw millions of dollars worth of art, saw a play and listened to an renowned Indian singer sing. All for free! It was great! After getting our culture on, we popped over to wawa and bought sandwiches for dinner. Cost = $8.00.
Our total weekend cost was $36.00 per person which includes meals, drinks and a couple of activities. Not bad, not bad at all, if I do say so myself.
If saving money or trying inexpensive activities are something that is interesting to you, here are a few websites that could be helpful:
- uwishunu– For those readers in Philadelphia or close by. Writes about different events and activities taking place in and around the city.
- Groupon– Ever want to try an activity like rock climbing or paintball but didn’t want to waste your money if you ended up not liking it? This website is perfect! The groupon is purchased for a certain percentage off the normal price. This is a great way to try new things, I know M and I have done a beer making class and wine tastings by purchasing groupons.
- livingsocial– Same idea as Groupon. Take a tour of your city for a fraction of the price and pretend to be tourists for the day. Hawaiian shirts and socks with sandals are totally optional!
- eventful– Put in your metro area and find different events going on near you! There’s 29 different categories that can be searched including: festivals, concerts, food, networking, sales, sports, pets and technology and you can search by date. So right now in Philly, I can see that Sam Smith, Big Boi from Outkast and Taylor Swift are coming to play concerts soon and this weekend, I can go tour the Eagles Stadium if I was really desperate to get out of the house (Patriots forever!) or watch the Wizard of Oz at the movie theater.
Saving money isn’t easy and it’s definitely something that requires discipline, but it’s worth it in the long run when you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to make rent next month. With all of the money that you save, put it in a jar to put towards your loans, bills, mortgage or vacation fund so this way you can see just how much money you’ve saved by enjoying these cheaper activities.
Does anybody have any other inexpensive date ideas? What is your go-to when you’re running low on funds?