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Creating the Perfect Frugal Date Day

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My husband works long hours, so when he gets a day off we try to make the most of it!  Besides errands, we added in some fun this past Thursday!

We started off the day at the library to use the printer.  While there, Mr. Crunchy borrowed 4 movies I’ve never seen before.

Total cost as long as we return them by the due date: free!

Starbucks is doing a Buy One, Get One Free deal on their fall-themed drinks (pumpkin spice latte, salted caramel latte, and the amazing Oprah chai) through tomorrow between 2-6pm.  We haven’t been to any coffee place in a very long time due to our budget. When we want fun coffee I usually make some at home.  We stopped there and got grande lattes.

Total: $5.

Pumpkin Spice and Salted Caramel…mmmmm…...


Mr. Crunchy loves trains and several months ago we had talked about doing a date day at the Museum of Transportation – until we saw the price ($12/adult).  I noticed a month or so ago that Groupon had a deal for two tickets (and two tickets to ride the miniature train!) for $10.  Money was still tight, so we thought about it for awhile.  On Labor Day, the price went down to $7.50!


We got there about an hour after the last train ride for the day, so the nice man at the ticket counter gave us two tickets for the train. They don’t expire, so we are planning on returning in the spring for Baby Crunchy’s first train ride experience.

The weather was absolutely beautiful!  It was so nice to walk around outside.  Inside they had a whole building of classic cars – including TWO 1957 Chevy BelAirs (my favorite cars).  I was thoroughly fascinated, and once again talked my poor husband’s ear off about how I want one someday.

He’s really very patient with me.

We needed groceries and as we did a power-walk through Aldi (armed with our list and the calculator), I noticed that not only were we under budget, but the Hawaiian take-and-bake pizzas were marked down from $5.99 each to $2.99 each!  There were two left, so we snatched them both up. We had one for dinner while we watched one of the movies from the library and froze the other one.

Total: $2.99

So to recap, we spent all day together, got coffee, went to the Museum of Transportation, and enjoyed a pizza and a movie date night for the grand total of less than $16.

We also walked around the mall and bought Mr. Crunchy a new pair of pants at Macy’s and only paid $5 after using a gift card!

What do you do for some frugal dates?

Note on Groupons: you can purchase them through your Swagbucks account and earn 6 Swagbucks per dollar you spend!

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  1. KickAshMom

    September 22, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I love aldi! They have so much good stuff now that they are owned by the same people as trader Joe’s! Frugal dates are the best!

  2. Mrs. Crunchy

    September 22, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Yes they are! Now that the weather is beautiful, we are getting out more and finding more fun frugal things to do!

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