Cheap Date Idea: Visit your local ice cream parlor Whits Frozen Custard

Cheap dates are my favorite. It’s so relieving to have a good time and not have to worry about the budget. So I like to have an arsenal of ideas on the back burner to keep us occupied and connected as a couple.

One of our favorite cheap dates in the summer time is discovering new ice cream places. So while visiting my parents in Ohio, we knew it’d be a great idea to hit up a new place, whits Frozen Custard in Lancaster Ohio.

So yeah, custard isn’t ice cream and ice cream isn’t custard. But the 8 year old kid in us wasn’t the wiser. No, the 8 year old kid in us loved it. To the very last drop.

Custard is smoother and creamier than ice cream. It’s actually a bit warmer too. Still cold, but not brain freeze caliber cold. Just cold enough to savor on a hot day.

We pretty much had the place to ourselves. So we grabbed a table and enjoyed our cheap treats. whits has a nice classic look, but they are also pretty fun. They have a special sundae of the week and flavor features as well as just a nice atmosphere. We were very pleased.


I opted for a root beer float. While Bryan got a piled high sundae. Both were fantastic!


If your local ice cream parlor is in a downtown or shopping area, get it by the scoop or in a milkshake and take a walk together. You might not be able to walk hand in hand until it’s finished, but you can at least feel a little better about the calorie splurge. We like to choose a booth near a window so that we can people watch together while we feast.


If you are ever in the Lancaster area, make a pit stop at whits Frozen Custard. You won’t be disappointed!

Are you a custard fan or a diehard old school ice cream fanatic?

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    eliz frank
    August 1, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I’m familiar with custard but not quite sure what frozen custard looks like … I’ll have to dig around my area to find out who sells. it. πŸ™‚

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      Jenn
      August 1, 2015 at 11:27 pm

      Hi, Eliz. It’s pretty good. Creamier and almost yellow. I like it a lot 😁

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    Michelle Blackwood
    July 27, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    That’s so cool, I live outside of Lancaster and I was even there today!

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      Jenn
      July 28, 2015 at 8:12 am

      My dad is from that area. I actually live in Pittsburgh. But we are always up for ice cream!

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    Lindsey Gillian
    July 27, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    These are great date night ideas! I am so bad at coming up with new and cheap things to do as a couple. We have a toddler so when we get a night out alone it is rare and I am often left with no ideas. Thanks πŸ™‚

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      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

      You’re so welcome, Lindsey. To be honest, I had to come up with ideas like this out of necessity in the beginning of our marriage. But now a few years later, I’m glad that we both have the ability to be creatively cheap with our moments together.

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    Tracy Laxton
    July 27, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    Great date idea. Root beer floats are a favorite of mine πŸ™‚

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    Pixi Palmer
    July 27, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I must say I would choose icecream everytime. Good post x

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    Cole Nemeth
    July 27, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    Looks lovely! I always enjoy taking my daughter out for ice cream, although my husband doesn’t eat dairy products he enjoys tagging along, too!

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      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 3:48 pm

      Awe. Someday that will be me. I cannot wait to share treats like this with our future children!

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    Joski Byrne
    July 27, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Anything to do with ice cream and i’m in! Can’t get enough of the stuff! 😍

    • Reply
      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      I know right? Especially with this heat!

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    LizZ H.
    July 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    OHHH MAN!!! Nothing’s better than a good old fashioned float!

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      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm

      It’s my favorite. So refreshing!

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    Jessica Gardner
    July 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    LOVE these kinda dates!!!

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      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      Me too. I’m so thankful that my husband lets me be a cheap date. He used to insist on a big fancy dinner once a month. But now we do several dates a month. So much happier.

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    Shannon Peterson
    July 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    We have a really yummy local ice cream place we like to go to as well!

    • Reply
      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 1:32 pm

      I love local places! We’ve found a few more to try before the summer ends.

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    Ashley
    July 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Yes! We just came back from a camping trip and finding all the local ice cream places was so much fun! And so inexpensive!

    • Reply
      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      I love trying signature menu items we find at little mom and pops. It’s how we discovered deep fried Oreos before they were popular.

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    Justine Y
    July 27, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    We had a frozen custard place we LOVED when we lived in Lubbock, TX and I still think about it all the time! Yum! And ice cream (or any sweet treat) is a great idea for a frugal date, thanks for sharing.

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      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Justine! I’m still somewhat new to custard, but I really like it πŸ˜‰

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    Donna Ettinger
    July 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I love me some ice cream and who better to share it with than my boyfriend.

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      Jenn
      July 27, 2015 at 1:34 pm

      Exactly! My husband and I don’t really share though πŸ˜‰

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