10 Spring Date Ideas That Cost Zero


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It’s spring, which means love is in the air! Too bad money isn’t growing on the newly budded trees, but that is okay because with these 10 spring date ideas that cost zero you won’t need money to keep your blooming romance growing.

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10 Spring Date Ideas That Cost Zero

 1. Go Star Gazing

You might need to bundle up a bit, but snuggling under a blanket while staring at the stars only adds to the romance.

 2. Take A Spring Bloom Walk

Go for a walk around your neighborhood and see if you can find spring flowers such as pansies, tulips and daffodils starting to burst through the spring soil.

You can also go to a city park known for its gardens or hike a local trail and see if you can spot any wildflowers starting to bloom.

3. Trip To Your Local Garden Store

Spring time stirs the desire to plant a flower garden into the minds of many. Indulge in that urge by going to the local garden store and strolling the aisles figuring out what blooms you would plant in your dream garden.

4. Dust off Your Bikes, Roller Blades, Or…?

Spring is a great time for dates and exercise to collide. Dust off your bikes and go for a bike ride around the neighborhood or hit the local bike trails. If biking isn’t your thing, what equipment do you have? Tennis rackets? Roller Blades? get it out and get active together. If you don’t own anything, there is always walking or hiking or you could borrow equipment from friends.

5. Go On A Picnic

Dig in your cupboards and create a lunch for two with what you have available. Find a container to put it in and a blanket to sit on and then head out on a sunny spring day to a local park and have a picnic. You don’t even need to go to the park if you don’t want to–your own backyard will do.

6. Attend A Local Festival

Spring time is full of all sorts of festivals and most of them cost nothing to stroll through. If you don’t know of any in your area usually all it takes to find them is a visit to your area’s tourism website. Facebook friends can also be handy in helping you find a good festival. Just ask in a Facebook status if anyone knows of great spring festivals in your area.

7. Take A Walk In An April Rain Shower

I am not talking about going out for a walk in a heavy downpour–just a gentle spring rain. There is something about taking a walk in a spring rain shower while huddled under one umbrella (psst, golf umbrellas are plenty big enough for cuddling couples). 

Go ahead and act like kids and splash in the puddles as you walk (well, that is if you both own rain boots or don’t mind wet feet). When you are done, head inside and warm up with cups of hot chocolate for the both of you and one blanket to share.

8. Grab The Kids’ Sidewalk Chalk And Let Your Creative Sides Shine

If you don’t have children you can borrow sidewalk chalk from a friend or you can try this simple sidewalk paint recipe that uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen cupboards.

You can either come up with a theme and work on a mural together that will cover your driveway or sidewalk or you can divide your space in half, then take pictures of each half, post them on social media and have your friends vote for who did the best art work. Winner makes the loser dinner.

9. Write Out Your Summer Bucket List

Thrifty people love to plan ahead and planning is free. Also creating a summer bucket list can be so much fun so why not make a date out of it. Grab your favorite cup of whatever and dust off the patio furniture and sit side by side and dream up all the things you want to do together as a couple during the upcoming summer season.

No idea is too expensive or too out there to be on the list. This is a dream list after all. Once you are done circle your top three and then start strategizing how to make room in your budget and life to make those events happen.

You can throw a yard sale, start earning gift cards doing things you already do online and purchase in-store or start selling your things through Facebook Buy and Sell groups.

10. Head To The Playground

Acting like a kid for a short period of time can be fun and bonding. Head to your local playground (preferably one that is fairly empty) and see who can swing higher, slide faster, and hang upside down the longest.

Other 100% free date ideas:

10 Summer Dates That Cost Zero

10 Fall Dates That Cost Zero

10 Christmas Time Dates That Cost Zero



RV Trip: Week 8: Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam & Lake Mead


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We started our week in 30 degree temps and ended it in the 70s. What a week it has been. We did a lot of walking this week. We also soaked in sights so beautiful that they will surely be etched into my heart for the rest of my days here on earth.

North American RV trip: The Grand Canyon in the snow!

Monday morning we left the Petrified Forest area for the Grand Canyon. We looked at the forecast before we left and found out things were going to be rather chilly during our four night, three day stay.

All five of us didn’t have clothing appropriate for such cold weather so we decided to stop in at the first Walmart along our path and see if they had long johns. We seriously doubted we would find some in Arizona, but we lucked out and found them on clearance for just $5 to $7 a piece for the whole family.

After grabbing a set for everyone in the family plus stocking our trailer with food for our entire stay at the Canyon we got back on the road and made our way to the Grand Canyon.

We were greeted by falling snow that continued all night long. When I got up Tuesday morning I was greeted by the sight in the picture above. There are three stairs into our RV and as you can see the snow came up over the first step. We woke up to over a foot of snow!

5 1/2 month RV trip: Grand Canyon in the clouds.

Still the skies over the RV park looked clear so we all got bundled up and headed to the Grand Canyon rim trail to get our first look at the Grand Canyon.

Turns out the skies were not so clear over the Canyon as they were over the nearby RV park. We got teased with glimpses between the clouds, but that was it.

We decided to hope that the weather forecast of clear skies for the next two days was right and make this first day a hanging out in the RV day.

Our youngest two children got some extra school work done. With no decent wifi anywhere I decided to start writing a new eBook (you are going to have to wait for more details, but if all goes well this new one will be out in 2018). My husband spent the day doing laundry and reading a book.

RV trip with teenagers: Grand Canyon views.

We woke up Wednesday to a frozen water faucet. Thankfully after further inspection we figured out that the problem was not in the RV, but in the actual water hookup pipe itself. So we decided to just see if the warming temperatures of the day would fix it and bundled up to head out and see if the Grand Canyon would unveil itself to us finally.

And it did!

Over the next 48 hours I think I said the word WOW 2 million times. Okay–maybe only 1 million.

Several times on Wednesday and Thursday I was doing just what is pictured above, sitting either with a loved one or alone with my feet dangling over the edge of a rock soaking up the majestic view.

If you have seen pictures of the Grand Canyon or watched a documentary of it, trust me–you haven’t seen the true Grand Canyon. Only when you see it with your own eyes do you truly understand what a marvel it is.


22 week long RV Trip: Grand Canyon.

My favorite view of our two days exploring the South Rim Trail was seen from the Desert Tower. The views of the Colorado River at the bottom of the Canyon are best from there.


RV Trip: Grand Canyon melted my heart.

My daughter found this heart-shaped piece of ice during the morning of our last full day exploring the Canyon. I think it is fitting because the Grand Canyon melted my heart.

It took us two full days to explore just the outer edge of the South Rim. We didn’t go on any of the trails that take you down into the Canyon due to the icy conditions. Even if it had been good weather, two full days would have only been enough to do the rim. Of course, if the third day had been good weather we could have hiked into the Canyon a bit.

Still if you ever plan a trip to the Grand Canyon, give yourself a full week to explore. Trust me, the views won’t get old and you will leave wanting to explore more.


RV Trip: A family's first trip to In-N-Out burger.

Friday we left the Grand Canyon and headed to Boulder City, Nevada which is about 30 minutes outside Las Vegas.

In the 4+ hour drive the temperature went up by over 30 degrees! We also changed time zones and are now living our days a full 3 hours behind the friends we left in Indiana.

We arrived early afternoon and after a bit of searching found a Starbucks for me that is under a 10 minute walk away from our RV park. I spent a few hours there starting to scratch the surface of the back up of work that a week of either slow internet or no internet left me with. I am hoping that by the time we leave here I will be caught up again. I am sorry for not posting a saving money post last Friday, please be patient with me as I struggle to work on the road.

Friday evening we headed into Las Vegas to finally try In-N-Out burger. As I mentioned last week one of our sons is quite the burger foodie and he has a list of regional burger chains he wants us to try as we travel. In-N-Out was at the top of that list. We all liked the burgers, but none of us finished the fries. If we go again we all agreed we will order just the burgers and skip the fries.


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After our burger stop we headed down to the famous Las Vegas Strip. We didn’t stop, we just drove down one side and then up the other.  You can see some of the best views from our cruise down the strip on Instagram. I put the top 10 into a slide style post.


RV Trip | Week 8 of 22 | Hoover Dam |

Saturday morning I spent the morning working at Starbucks while my hubby did the laundry and went grocery shopping. The two youngest children spent their morning doing school work.

We had an early lunch in the RV and then headed out for the Hoover Dam and surrounding area. First we walked out on the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Which is where I snapped this picture of the Hoover Dam.

I have for some reason visited several dams over the course of my life and by far the Hoover Dam is the most ornate dam I have ever seen.  As we walked across it there were statues, plaques, detailed trim and all sorts of architectural details.

RV trip | Family with teens | Lake Mead

After we were finished looking around the dam area we headed out to the start of the Historical Railroad Trail. This was the supply train route that brought in supplies for the construction of the dam.

You are able to walk through several tunnels, which was kind of neat, but the best part for our family was the view of Lake Mead that greets you after you go through the first tunnel.

The shades of blue in the lake were sparkling in the sun and set off beautifully by the light grey and dark brown rock cliffs that board its shores.

I am typing the last of this post early Sunday morning. Our plans for the day include attending church followed by a day off from sight seeing to watch TV, read and enjoy a bit of down time. I am planning on getting a haircut if I can. Now that we are 8 weeks into the trip my hair is getting a bit scraggly in the back where it has the most layers.

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And in case reading above that I started writing a new book made you wonder about what was happening with the book I finally finished–well, it is one step closer to being ready to sell!

My book editor Ann of Annie & Everything got the preview copy of the paperback copy of Thrifty & Thriving: More Life For Less Money in the mail earlier this week. She is going to give it one final read through, final edits will be made if needed and then it will be ready to list for sale in both paperback and eBook format on Amazon! (insert major squeal here–I am so excited about this).

Come back next Monday to see what we got up to this week.

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RV Trip: Week 7: Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks and Sedona


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So this week I fell in love with New Mexico and then I fell in love with Arizona. During this trip I have also fallen in love with Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.  In fact, I haven’t been to a place yet that I haven’t fallen in love with on some level.

Don’t worry though, I still haven’t fallen in love with shower shoes so we will be returning to our home in Indiana at the end of this 22 week trip. When we do I think I am going to get my bathroom a dozen roses–because I now know that I haven’t been giving it the appreciation it deserves. Perhaps I will also buy it chocolates.

Enough about how I plan to woo my bathroom when I return though, let’s get on to pictures of what we have been up to this week.

RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Gila Cliff Dwellings, City of Rocks and Sedona


We started off our week in Silver City, NM. Our first full day there we headed up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings. It took around 2 hours of driving up a winding mountain road to get there.

However, the views were amazing! And yep, we saw snow. We haven’t seen snow since day one of our trip and frankly I wasn’t in a hurry to see it again. It didn’t last long though and it was such a sunny day that its presence didn’t ruin our day.


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Gila Cliff Dwellings


The Gila Dwellings were amazing. So much detail for something created with only simple tools. They were also well preserved for their 1300s beginnings.

RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: LOTABURGER


One child has a great love of burgers and one of their goals for the trip seems to be to check out all the regional burger chains not available in our area.

Lotaburger was on that list. It has the best green chile burger in any burger chain in North America according to National Geographic and a few other magazines so of course that is what we ordered. It was so good! WOW it had some heat!


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: City of Rocks


After a lunch at Lotaburger we spent our second day in the Silver City area in City of Rocks State park. It costs just $5 for a car load and it is worth every penny and more.

Our family spent 2 or so hours exploring the rocks.


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Fun day at City of Rocks


We also spent quite a bit of time fooling around. We all took turns looking like Hercules lifting rocks or appearing to be squashed by them.


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Kartchner State Park Arizona


Wednesday we headed out of New Mexico and into Arizona. One thing I noticed right away was that different types of cactus plants that started popping up. First these short round ones and then the next day fields full of the type you see in classic dessert scenes in movies.


RV Trip: Week 7 of 22: Beautiful night full of stars at Kartchener State Park


Early Wednesday afternoon we pulled into Kartchner State Park. After relaxing for an hour we took off for a brief visit of Tombstone.

On the way back to the RV we stopped in nearby Benson for groceries. We are discovering that shopping for groceries every 3 days is just about right for our amount of fridge, freezer and cupboard space in our RV. If we buy any more than that we end up playing the “if we move this and then that we should be able to fit the jam in the fridge” game.

That evening Kartchner State Park was used by God to give us several gifts. First my husband started a conversation with our neighbors only to discover the husband was a mechanic and he was more than willing to help us with the few electrical issues we have had in our RV since we started the trip.

Second we were treated to the best view of the stars yet this trip as we sat around the campfire in the evening. I tried several times to snap a picture of the beautiful evening sky full of brilliant stars but sadly all I was able to capture was darkness. So you are just going to have to imagine it.

Oh, and in case you think that we huddle around a campfire every night you should know I think this was our second campfire of our entire trip and we are 7 weeks in.


RV Trip: Week 7: The Red Rocks of Sedona


After a morning run through a trail around the campground the next day I helped the family pack up and start our journey to Sedona.

On the way I asked my husband “what is there to see in Sedona?” I really had no idea what Sedona looked like. As we turned the first corner that revealed the first huge red rock hill, my heart was in love with Sedona.


RV Trip: Week 7: Devil's Bridge, Sedona


There were dozens of AMAZING hiking trails to choose from. To decided what we wanted to hike during our one full day in the Sedona area we headed to Google and did an image search. In the end we chose to hike Airport loop, take a drive around The Chapel of the Holy Cross, hike to Devil’s Bridge and hike the Fay Canyon trail.

By the end of the day we had spent more than 5 hours hiking! A favorite by far was Devil’s Bridge (seen in the picture above). I even went out on it too (see this picture on Facebook for proof).

However, 5 hours of hiking in one day wasn’t enough of those beautiful red rocks for me so I got my husband up early the next day to join me on one more hike. You can see pictures of that one on Instagram, make sure to try out the new sliding feature, I am in LOVE with it, now I can share 10 pictures with my viewers in one go!

RV trip: Week 7: Petrified Forest | Road trip | Camping

We ended our week with a day trip to the Petrified Forest & Painted Desert. It was a very cold day so we didn’t get on as many trails as we have in other parks. Thankfully a lot of the great sites could be seen from the road. You can check out more pictures of our time in the Petrified Forest & Painted Desert on Instagram (I told you I love that new slide feature).

Come back next Monday to see what we got up to this week.

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