51 Cheap Date Ideas

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Dating is expensive! But it doesn’t have to be.

Whether you’re married, have a boyfriend/girlfriend, or single and ready to mingle there are tons of things out there that you can do for cheap (or even free!). All it takes is a little planning and a little creativity.

I’ve put together a list of 51 cheap date ideas (some more romantic than others) that will help keep the sparks flying while keeping your budget in check.  

  1. Buy fancy cheeses and wine and make a cheese board at home
  2. Pack your favorite foods and enjoy a picnic at the park
  3. Volunteer together (See what’s going on in your area HERE)
  4. Make a day out of going to craft fairs and local festivals
  5. Bust out a deck of cards or old board games and have a game night (Loser makes dinner!)
  6. Redbox and chill 😉 (Remember to pick up some snacks from the dollar store)
  7. Try a happy hour around town and have a drink
  8. Take a hike together
  9. Bike around town. If you don’t own one, rent one for an hour or two. You can even try a tandem bike!
  10. Go antiquing or thrifting together
  11. Visit a museum. Some offer discounted rates for certain days of the week
  12. Buy a Groupon and go out to dinner or a show
  13. Grab a blanket and go stargazing
  14. Take a brewery tour and enjoy a few beers
  15. Go to a bar and play darts or pool
  16. Pick a new recipe and cook together
  17. Enjoy free outdoor concerts especially in the Spring and Summer
  18. Take a day trip to the beach
  19. Play trivia at a bar/restaurant
  20. Binge watch your favorite TV show
  21. Go fruit picking at a local orchard or berry farm
  22. Take a scenic drive and blast some oldies
  23. Put together a time capsule that you can bury in your backyard
  24. Watch your wedding video
  25. Play in the snow and drink hot cocoa afterward to warm up
  26. Go on a breakfast date. It’s usually cheaper than dinner
  27. Share an ice cream sundae
  28. Go to an arcade and play games. Many have half price games a day during the week
  29. Make your own fondue at home
  30. Cozy up by the fire and make smores
  31. Make a fancy brunch at home
  32. Grab a blanket and watch the sunrise/sunset
  33. Challenge each other to a video game competition
  34. Relive your younger days and go roller skating
  35. Try a wine tasting at a winery. Some are pretty affordable
  36. Get some sun and float down the river (Don’t forget the cooler)
  37. Play racquetball or tennis
  38. Go camping in your backyard
  39. Fly kites on a breezy day
  40. Have a movie marathon at home
  41. Be a tourist in your own city
  42. Go to a comedy show
  43. Watch a movie at the drive-in theater
  44. Go ice skating
  45. Put on your dancing shoes and take a dance class
  46. Try out free martial arts or exercise classes. A lot of gyms offer a free day or week trial
  47. Get in a round or two of mini golf
  48. Go fishing
  49. Play a game of HORSE or 1-on-1 at a local park or gym
  50. Hit some balls at a driving range or batting cage
  51. Give each other a well needed back or foot massage

Dating doesn’t have to be expensive. You can have fun spending as little as you want and still have a great time making new memories.

Share some of your cheap date ideas in the comments below.

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