Many of us like to spend a little of our hard-earned money on a nice evening with our significant other. But, coming off as “cheap” or “frugal” on the date is a major don’t. This means you need to get a little creative about the ways in which you show that you care about your significant other and have fun too! Use these date night ideas on a budget to save some dough and get out of the house.
Fun and Unique Date Night Ideas
These ideas cover a variety of different activities that different people will enjoy doing. Not everything on this list is meant for every couple, so keep that in mind as you read through the list! Many of these date night ideas can be done for $20 or less. Whether you like to stay in or go out for a date night, there are plenty of ideas that you can do on a budget.
1. Go Hiking
Going for a hike is a great way to get outdoors and could be one of the least expensive date night ideas on a budget. It’s also great to bring along the dog if you have one.
2. Cook a Gourmet Meal
Cooking can be fun for both of you, and less expensive than going out for a fancy dinner. This date night idea can be flexible depending on how much you would like to spend based on your budget.
3. Go Out for Dessert
Instead of going out for a costly full course meal, why don’t you go out for dessert? Everyone loves ice cream, or you could always share gourmet desserts at a restaurant or bakery.
4. Go on a Picnic
Take your significant other to the park for a picnic at sunset. This is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and be able to relax in each other’s company.
5. Explore Your City
Walking around your city can be a great way to uncover cool places you may not have been together. Most cities have a solid mix of free things to do and/or events that may cost very little money. Choose how much you’d like to spend when you try out this date night idea.
6. Go Through Old Photos
Going through old photos is a great way to reminisce. You might uncover some photos of the past that lead to some great stories as well!
7. Free Museum Night
Many museums offer a free museum night. If you and your significant other have been curious about exploring works of art, this budget-friendly date night idea is a great way to introduce that without having to spend a lot on admission!
8. Movie Night At Home
Staying in for a cinematic classic or horror movie is much less expensive than going out to the movies. Boost this idea with some cheap popcorn for a romantic date night at home and on a budget!
9. Karaoke Night
Know of a karaoke night at a local bar? Rather than going out for expensive cocktails, why don’t you sign up for karaoke even if neither of you can hold a note! Many bars have drink specials and, even if they don’t, you can sip on soda while waiting for your turn…if your nerves can handle it!
10. Wine and Cheese Night
Any date night idea on a budget that involves food and booze is a good one. They say the French are romantic, so why not buy an inexpensive bottle of red wine, some tasty cheese, and a baguette and have a little indoor picnic?
11. The Local Comedy Club
If you’re looking for a night to keep it light and funny, a night at the comedy club may be great, whether it’s amateur night or an improv show. Even if the jokes aren’t funny, you can always make jokes of your own at the end of the night.
12. Hang Out At A Coffee Shop
Going out for a coffee is the perfect casual date. If you live in a more urban area, there are usually plenty of coffee shops around, each with their own style and atmosphere. Coffee is inexpensive and many shops don’t mind if you spend hours chatting away at their tables.
Get creative when choosing your date night ideas! Choosing date nights that you can do on a budget will help you save money now so that you can open up your possibilities down the road.
If you have children, it can be especially hard with busy schedules, tight budgets, and a lack of babysitters. So when that special night does come up, make it fun and a little spontaneous!