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$40 dates - Fancy but Frugal

Today I am starting a new series of posts: $40 Dates 

Lets face it, dating can be expensive. Personally I feel women have fought really hard for equality in the work place but we need to take that equality beyond work if we're not going to be a bunch of hypocrites - and ladies, that means when it comes to going out on dates its time to pay up and share the costs. But regardless of who pays I just don't think a night out should be a big financial burden. It's really important for couples to spend time doing fun things together! I'd love to say I'm able to keep all my date nights under $40 but the reality is that is really hard, but it can be done. So without further adieu, here's the first of hopefully many $40 (and under) dates. 

One of the best ways to save on dating is to think outside the going out to dinner box. Especially if you're like me and you prefer dressing up and going to nice places. So instead of dinner, why not a dessert and drinks date? Most large cities will have at least one fancy hotel or restaurant, don't let $200 dinner scare you away! My favorite place in Memphis for fancy desserts and drinks is the lobby at The Peabody. 

First off, it's beautiful! Also seating is very comfortable, the people watching is excellent, there's entertainment, and the desserts are delicious! If you go early evening you can catch the 5pm duck march and meet the duck master. 

After the march the crowd will clear and a piano player will play the beautiful grand piano. Table service is available. Drinks are $9 to $12 or you can get tea, coffee or hot chocolate. Desserts are $7.50 (I think) or you can get the chocolate duck for $9. Although they look small the desserts are very rich so one is good for sharing. This is one Shaun and I shared recently: 

Sip your cocktail gracefully and enjoy the ambience. It's also a nice time to enjoy your significant others company without shoving food in your faces. After, if the weather is nice you could take stroll around downtown, or ride the loop of the trolley ($1.25 each) which is nerdy but fun.
So total for this date:
2 drinks $20
1 dessert $7.50
Tax and Tip $8
Trolley ride $2.50
Extra to save towards a excess budget night - $2
2 cocktails no dessert and 2 tickets sitting on the bluff at autozone park  - $35
2 non alcoholic beverages 1 dessert and 2 drinks at a bar with music on beale - $40


  1. That's a great idea! Hubs and I are on a budget but I have so many nice dresses that need to get worn out an about. Plus, I love desert.

  2. I'd love to hear how this goes for someone outside of Memphis, I hope y'all get a chance to do this soon! Nice dresses shoulod never be hidden away too long ; )


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