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I'm a cheap date...

October 14th, 2008 at 06:03 pm

and very proud of it. And my boyfriend of 6 years would heartily agree.

It's become a fun challenge to find weekend activities that do not require an arm and a leg. There's a satisfaction that comes from having a good time and still have money left in your pocket. Just like finding that perfect outfit on sale in Loehmanns during tax free week, and you have additional % off coupons to boot!

Last weekend, we took a drive up to New Haven. It was a perfect, sunny, crisp fall weekend. The leaves are brilliant colors of red, orange and brown. We parked the car at the municipal lot ($5 for the day), used approximately a quarter tank of gas for the drive up ($12.50) and spent the afternoon walking around Yale, sitting on the grassy quad, admiring the old buildings, stopping to browse in the shops and after an hour or so, indulging in lattes in an outdoor cafe ($8). I realize this activity still cost us $25 but it was well worth being outdoors, enjoying each other's company and the beautiful scenery.

The weekend prior, we drove to McLaughlin Vineyards (part of the CT Wine Trail) and enjoyed wine tasting in a cozy room overlooking the vineyard. The gas was probably under $10, and since I signed up for the vineyard's online mailing list, our wine tasting (normally $5 per person to taste 5 or 6 different types of wines) were free.

Fun and cheap -- the perfect combination.