Date Ideas in Philadelphia on a Recession Budget

Here is a list of some of the top things to do in the city of brotherly love. I’ve limited my list to thing that are wallet-friendly.

Here is a list of some of the top things to do in the City of Brotherly Love.  I’ve limited my list to thing that are wallet-friendly.

Take a massage class together.  The Mt Airy Learning Tree probably has the most economical option.  My sweetie and me did this last year and we left all mushy brain since we were so relaxed.

Grab a camera, charge the batteries, put on some nice clothes and ladies spend some time on hair and makeup and go to a beautiful place and take a bunch of pictures together. 

Don’t worry about asking someone to take pics of you guys.  You can bring a tripod and have it go off on an automatic timer,  you can grab the camera and stretch your arm out and do a self-portrait.  You can take turns taking pics of each other. 

Good times to take pics are around sunset, lighting is very flattering then.  Mid-day the sun is at its brightest and will be a bit more harsh.  Take a walk around Fairmount park or in front of the Art Museum.    Best times of year to do this are spring when the flowers are blooming or fall when the leaves are brilliant and falling.

Subscribe to sites like Groupon, Living Social, Philly Dealyo and Dailydealtime.com to find all kinds of awesome date night things you can do for usually at least 50% off.

We are going to go to Longwood Gardens, Take a massage class,  whale watching at the Jersey Shore, tubing in the river, go on a Winery Tour of Bucks County and even go to the Pennsylvania Ballet for at least 50% off thanks to these kinds of deal sites.

There are certain restrictions on when you can use these deals so just make sure and read all the terms of the deal noticing any dates you can’t use the the deal.  Make sure to notice the expiration as well. 

I would check out some online reviews though yelp.com, citysearch or their google reviews before you buy as well.  I stopped buying the restaurant deals since they were often at places that were about a 45 minute drive away.

If you have a Twitter account then I would set up an alert for something like “Stephen Starr Restaurant” if you really want to go to this restaurant but waiting to see if they offer a deal first. 

Often when these deal sites run their deals they will show up on all kind of social media, especially Twitter.  Since no one could possibly read all their Twitter updates, I just set up alerts for certain terms like “yoga philly” or “yoga philadelphia” and Twialerts sends me updates when there is a post out there. 

So much easier to moniter it this way instead of having to do a search every day or go onto a bunch of different websites to see if there are deals that week.

Want some more  recession-friendly date ideas in Philadelphia?  I am actually originally from San Diego and had never been to Reading Terminal Market.  I’ve never seen a market like this anywhere ( and I’ve traveled to over 30 countries) and was just astounded by the quality and variety.

Check out Meetup.com and do  search for a hobby or topic that fancies you.  Do you love dogs but can’t get one soon?  A fun date would be to go to a dog meetup (I recommend the Pug Meetup) and you can watch the little rolly polly guys chase and frolic…. truly a delight!


Jasmine Kaloudis is the author of the best spiritual websites list.  Jasmine Kaloudis teaches beginner yoga in Mt Airy, King of Prussia and Havertown, couples yoga in Manayunk and romantic retreats in the Philadelphia Area.

She is also the author of the top 100 Mind Body Spirit Websites list, and enjoys sharing her opinions and reviews of the products and services we talk about in class.



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