Cheap Date Ideas in Northern Virginia

My husband and I are celebrating our fourth anniversary next month, so, in true frugalista form, I’ve been scouring the internet for restaurant and hotel deals.  Because *gasp*  I couldn’t spend full price for something, could I?  I haven’t had much luck with finding many good deals until today – I think every deal site in town had something that looked appealing!  I thought I would share a few with you:

Buy With Me: The Melting Pot
John surprised me with a four-course meal at the Melting Pot for my birthday, the first year we were married.  We had such a wonderful time talking over an amazing fondue meal that we didn’t want to leave!  When we finally did, we were so stuffed that they had to roll us out of our chairs!  Since then, we haven’t been able to justify the cost of much more than a Wendy’s Frosty – but, hey, we’ve come to love those too! :)  So, I was thrilled to see that Buy With Me was offering a $30 voucher to Melting Pot for a three-course dinner for two.

:: Deal Terms ::
:: Keep in mind that this voucher is only valid at the Dupont Circle Melting Pot and expires 7/31/11.
:: You receive a three-course meal for two that consists of one cheese fondue of choice, two salads of choice, and the ‘Signature Selection’ entrée.
:: You can find this deal under the “Washington, DC” tab.
:: Tell your friends about the deal!  For each one that signs up under your link and makes a purchase, you will receive a $10 credit in your account.

Buy With Me: AMC Theaters
Who doesn’t love a night out at the movies?  Today, you can get (4) AMC Silver Experience tickets, valid at any AMC Theater (found in 31 states), for $24.  That’s just $6 a ticket!

:: Deal Terms ::
:: Purchase the deal on Buy With Me (found under Washington, DC) and the tickets will be sent to the shipping address you give.  You will receive them in 7-10 business days!  And, the tickets never expire.
:: Tickets are eligible for any AMC, but shipping is only available to RI, NH, NJ, NY, CT, MA, DC, VA, TX, WA, CA, AZ, IL, WI, PA, MD, GA.
:: For those of you in Northern Virginia, here is a list of theaters in the Metro DC area.

Groupon: Red, Hot, & Blue
“Red Hot & Blue draws from many corners of the Southern map to bring together a mix of barbecue, seafood, salads, and traditional southern fare. Meats are prepared in the traditional smokehouse style, slathered in sauce or rubbed in dry spices, before being put to bed over smoky hickory for 12–14 hours, the optimal amount of sleep recommended by both meat doctors and teens.” We love, love, love their food!  And, today, you can grab a $25 gift certificate for the Annapolis Red, Hot, and Blue for just $12.

:: Deal Terms ::
:: If you live in Annapolis, I’m very jealous of you!  This Groupon is only valid at the Annapolis Red, Hot, & Blue, dine-in only, and not valid during Happy Hour.
:: This voucher is valid towards alcohol, but you do need to purchase at least one food item.
:: You can find this deal under “Washington DC.”

Groupon: Cherry Blossom Bus Trip plus Lunch
This weekend, if you would like to see the beautiful blooming cherry blossoms and enjoy a bento lunch from Benihana (or a sandwich from Atlanta Bread for the less adventurous of us), Groupon is offering round-trip transportation to view the blooms (lunch included) from Reston Limousine for just $25.  There are two pick-up locations: Sterling and Vienna.  This would be perfect for those of you who hate fighting the DC traffic!

:: Deal Terms ::
:: Reservation required by 3/31/11 – and, you must choose between April 2nd or 3rd for your bus trip.
:: You will have approximately 2 hours to enjoy the cherry blossoms.
:: You will find this deal under Washington, DC.

Specialicious: Otani Japanese Steak House
For $15, you will receive $30 worth of fresh sushi and Japanese-style barbecue from Otani Japanese Steak & Seafood.  The filet mignon entree and combo is perfectly grilled and succulent USDA Choice strip steak served with scallops, Tokyo shrimp, and salmon for $20.45.  Or you can try the boneless chicken breast and Otani calamari for $15.45.

:: Deal Terms ::
:: Valid at either the Chantilly or Sterling  location for dinner only.
:: This voucher expires June 28, 2011 and not valid for dollar sushi night.

Since we’re on the theme of date nights, marriage, and anniversaries, I thought I would take this week to share some of the ways we saved money while still having a great time together!  So, check back each day this week to read my tips on having meaningful, yet frugal date nights.

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