Dating on a Budget

Dates don’t have to be expensive.


Photo by Maya Hernandez

Freshman Elise Pope poses with her salted caramel and coffee flavored frozen yogurt, topped with chocolate chips and chopped peanuts.

Maya Hernandez , Reporter

   Coming up with ideas for fun dates without spending too much money can be a challenge, especially during a global pandemic. Here are some fun date ideas and locations that won’t break the bank and will still set the mood. Skating, whether it be on the ice or in the roller rink, is a great way to keep the fun factor in dates. Visit Springfield Skateland on Cambell Ave. for roller skating or Jordan Valley Ice Park for ice skating.

   Hot weather is rolling in, meaning ice cream and frozen yogurt dates are back. This may seem pretty basic, but with the right company, this simple date can be memorable. Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, Andy’s Frozen Custard, and Pineapple Whip are affordable and casual places to enjoy a frozen dessert. Cold Stone Creamery also has great reviews but it is a bit pricier.

   Bass Pro Shops brings all the wonders of a museum and outdoor store into one huge building. Be it a scavenger hunt or a stroll throughout the store, Bass Pro Shops is sure to make the datetime fly with its many attractions.

   At-home dates have grown in popularity during the pandemic, and why not? Spending quality time with your partner in a cool, air-conditioned house with free food sounds like a great idea. Movie marathons, karaoke, and making couple Tik Toks are a few ways to spice up at-home dates.

   If staying indoors isn’t your jam, try going out for a hike or picnic. Wilson’s Creek Greenway Trail has many positive reviews about its beautiful view and long hiking distance. Four dollars (per person) could get you into Springfield Botanical Gardens, where you can enjoy a picnic or visit the local gift shop.

   Taking a stroll in the mall is another popular idea. It is free, until you pass by the pretzels and the boba tea. The good thing about this is that you get to decide how much money you spend. As long as you have some degree of self-control, you should be okay.