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A (Great!) $35 Date: A Staycation at Governors Island, NY

6 Sep
Charli and Gibran at Governors Island

Us at Governors Island celebrating the unofficial end to summer -- for (super!) cheap.

The Hubby 2 Be and I have been together for six wonderful years. But, many of them were tight times as far as our wallets were concerned. One thing we’ve mastered over those years has been finding a great cheap date. It’s an art, really. When we’re on the hunt for the next date, we consider the following: the total amount we want to spend that day, how much travel time and effort is involved in pulling it off, and how much fun we’ll potentially have. For us, it’s sort of like a formula. If we find something to do at a great price, but it involves a long drive and lots of prep work, it may just get bumped for something a few dollars more that’s going to be good fun from start to finish, and won’t leave us exhausted at the end of the day. We like to think that you can find great date ideas for under $25 (total spend for the day!) if you know what to look for, and are up to try anything (at least once).

Today we set off to find a little something something to get into to celebrate the unofficial end to summer. The thought of spending Labor Day weekend inside of our apartment was unbearable. So, I went on a Google hunt for free fun and we ended up planning an impromptu trip to New York’s Governors Island with another great couple we know, Twanna and James. It’s a 172 acre island oasis for New Yorkers and nearby North Jersey folks like us to escape to for some easy R&R. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays you can take a free (yes, FREE!) ferry ride from Manhattan or Brooklyn to the island and get into all sorts of fun things. We came to picnic, play Frisbee, and check out the Food Truck Festival they were having, but Governor’s Island offers all sorts of other recreational couple stuff to do. (Plus, great views and cute photo opps!) Go there for free his and her bike rentals, kayaking rentals, boating, fishing, park play, food, exhibits, and more. It used to be an old military base, so there’s tons of historic stuff to see (if you’re into that).

Governor's Island from air

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We bought our own sandwich lunches, and fast food side dishes near home beforehand, then drove into the city, split the cost to park nearby the ferry station at Battery Park, and took a 10 minute free ferry ride over. We spent the afternoon taking in the panaromic views of New York, Brooklyn, and New Jersey while lounging on blankets, soaking in all the summer warmth we co

uld get, sharing food, and laughs, and just being our silly selves. We capped the day off with yummy ice cream bars from a nearby truck and one more blissful ferry ride back to Manhattan. Gibran and I spent a total of $35 for the whole day’s fun. Here’s how we did it:

A map of Governor's Island, NY, USA. Showing b...
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Budget Breakdown

Carpooling: $8 Holland Tunnel toll, split four ways = $2 per person

Parking: $34 total fee for 5 hours, split four ways = $8.50 per person

Lunch: $10 total for our pre-packed lunches

Ice Cream: $4 total

TOTAL SPEND = $35

You wanna go now, don’t you? (Smiles!) Here’s a link to the rest of the fall calendar for Governors Island, but you better hurry because the season ends October 10th!

Here are some fun photos from our day on the island.

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Meet Our Family of Three!

3 Sep Charli Penn and Gibran Watkins Engagement Session

Hi everybody! I’m just a girl, about to marry a (great!) guy. We both love each other and our little Yorkie Karma too. We share a home and we’re headed to the altar on October 17th, 2010.  We’ve been together for 6 years now, so it’s safe to say that I’ve mastered the whole girlfriend and fiance thing, but I haven’t a clue  about what it means to be a wife — never mind, a good one. Nevertheless, I’m confident that I can pull this thing off, but it will be a major work in progress, for sure. I asked Hubby 2 Be if it’s okay to blog candidly and hysterically about our new journey. He said yes, so here it goes. Feel free to join me on this sure-to-be-wild ride. — The Wife

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