Looking for fun and cheap date night ideas to enjoy with your boo?
If so, I got you covered.
I believe spending quality time with the one you love is more about quality than quantity. Fostering your romantic relationships is important, but I don’t think you should go broke doing it.
…Before continuing, you may want to check out my blog post 7 Silly Habits of Broke People.
Dating is expensive. If you consider going to the movies will cost you about $25 for admission (which doesn’t even include the cost of popcorn), you’re going to want to get creative on how you spend time with the one you love.
I sing the mantra that you can enjoy a romantic and fun time with your lovebug no matter the time or place.
Yes, going on a cruise to the Caribbean or a Broadway play is fun, but no one is going to go broke just for date night. I also believe your lack of funds shouldn’t keep you in the house either.
That’s why I created a list of free and practically free, ideas on how to spend your next date.
So even if you’re dead broke, having a no-spend weekend, or just saving up for your future together, you’ll find something fun (and cheap) to do on this list.
Here are a few fun and cheap date night ideas for you to start planning now
Go on a Picnic
An oldie but goodie, picnics can bring you together in the best way. I think this is the ultimate romantic date that you can probably think of. All you need is a picnic basket (I like this one right here).
Fill it up with a few sandwiches, your favorite wine and head to a great destination.
Most of the ingredients you need for your basket are probably in your kitchen right now, so minimal planning is needed.
Just don’t forget your blanket.
Make your picnic as fancy and as memorable as you want. Drinking out of actual wine or champagne glasses will give you just the right ambiance you are probably looking for.
Throw in some cloth napkins and chocolate covered strawberries and you’ll be good to go.
Some picnic related resources to check out:
Netflix and Chill
Sometimes Netflix and Chill means just that. If you’re looking to do something low-key, just get out your remote and find a great movie to watch with your honey.
Snuggling on the couch is a great way to feel close to your partner in a relaxed atmosphere.
You can pop popcorn and order pizza or takeout, it’s really up to you.
You won’t have to worry about sharing the screen with strangers and you can talk throughout the movie without hearing the sounds of “hush” from all directions. (Stop acting like I’m the only one who talks to the screen).
Here are a few date night movies I recommend.
- Something New
- Coming to America
- How to Marry a Millionaire
- Breakfast at Tiffany’s
- Can’t Buy Me Love
- Cape Fear (not a romantic comedy, but one of my favs)
- Silver Linings Playbook
- 50 First Dates
Attend a Concert in the Park
Who doesn’t love live music? Check to see if your local area is holding free outdoor concerts in the park, especially during the summer months.
You’ll get to dance and enjoy great music by local bands outdoors for free. This is a great way to check out new talent and have fun as well.
How are they free, you ask? Well, most events are hosted and sponsored by your local parks and recreation department or by the National Park Service, so check with them to see what their lineup is.
Some places bring the concert indoors in the event of inclement weather whereas others just cancel and reschedule.
So call before you go.
Oh and don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chair just in case there’s no seating (usually there isn’t).
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Want to breathe in some fresh air? Take your partner and gear up for a walk or run around your neighborhood. This will be a great way to not only spend quality time together but get a little exercise in.
Want to get a full workout in? Gear up for a hike. Take a yoga class together. Getting active together helps to strengthen your hearts as well as your bond.
Check out Trails.com before you go for a list of safety tips and trails to follow in national and local parks.
Other ways to get active together:
- Go bike riding (rent bikes if you don’t have any)
- Take a fitness class together (Try Class Pass for options in your city)
- Train for a marathon together
- Learn a dance together (Salsa anyone?)
- Walk the dog (because your pooch makes everything better when he’s around)
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Visit a New Museum
Most museums are free or charge a minimal entrance free and are great places to take your honey. Depending on where you live, there are sure to be many museums out there for you to explore.
No matter if you’re a history buff or someone who has a deep appreciation for the arts, you are bound to find a museum that tickles your fancy.
I’m lucky to live near Washington, DC, which boasts the Smithsonian Museums which are free.
If your local museums charge for admittance, try to visit during non-peak hours and check to see if your museum is hosting a special event or exhibit.
I am especially fond of museums that host After Five events (especially wine nights). Oh yes!
Other cultural and educational things to do:
- Go on a walking tour (explore your city like a tourist)
- Take a cooking class
- Sit in on a book reading
- Participate in a scavenger hunt
- Visit one of our national parks, which include historically significant places you may not be aware of
Host a Potluck Dinner
Yes, it’s great to spend alone time with your honey bun, but it’s also fun to hang out with other couples too.
Avoid the awkward “Who’s going to grab for the bill first?” and just invite your friends over for a potluck at your house.
Each couple can bring a dish and a bottle of wine to share with the group.
If the weather is nice, why not have the guys throw some of the meat on the grill while the ladies…ahem…chit chat and drink some wine.
Afterward, play a friendly game of Spades or Poker for more fun.
Fun things to do at home:
- Play board games (Suburbia and Monopoly Deal are my favorites)
- Play trivia games (Try Movie Buff or this Date Night Box)
- Watch a movie outdoors (use this to project the movie off of the garage or house)
- Host a cocktail party and pair with great desserts
Go on a (Mini) Road Trip
Nothing beats hitting the road and letting the wind hit your face on your way to a new adventure.
If you agree, how about taking a mini road trip out of the city for just the price of gas?
Find a location that is far enough to feel like it’s somewhere different, but not too far where you’ll be too tired to enjoy it once you get there. I tend to like places out in the country or near the water.
Any given beautiful day and you can find me jumping into the car and heading to St. Mary’s County in Southern Maryland. I often stop at the outdoor Amish market before heading towards the water.
Before you go, just make sure you have a map (yes, even if you have GPS), plenty of gas and a commitment to have fun together – no matter what.
Road trip ideas:
- Visit a farmer’s market
- Shop at flea markets
- Pick berries
- Visit a vineyard
- Hit the beach
- Drive on a historical highway such as Route 66
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