16 Fun, Cheap Date Night Ideas You’ll Both Love

A couple using one of these cheap date night ideas and sharing pizza at home on the couch.

Dating is a blast, but the costs can add up quick. Naturally, you want to treat the one you love like the king/queen they are, but no one’s made of money. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to keep date nights fun and affordable without feeling like you’re skimping out. A good dater knows how to date well on the cheap.

Here are 16 date night ideas that won’t break the bank:

Stay at home:

– If you have a video store in your town, make it an old school movie night! You each get a DVD of your choice, order a pizza, and get to the double feature.

– If streaming is more your style, have a movie night the new school way. Just do the exact same as above but stream on Hulu or Netflix. You’ll even save a few more bucks.

– Make dinner together. Sure, dinner at home can run up a tab, but it doesn’t have to. Get some pasta and a cheap bottle of wine, and you have a romantic and inexpensive date night on your hands.

– Give each other massages at home. Couples massages are great, but if you’re looking to save some money, taking turns at home can be just as fun and romantic.

– Host a game night. Including other people in your date night can be a fun way to mix things up. Have everyone bring something to drink or eat and you’ve got a meal while still saving some dollars.

Head into nature:

– Most cities and towns have at least a few parks to explore. Simply go for a romantic stroll and you’ve got a special (and free) date night.

– Have a picnic! It can be as fancy or as cheap as you like. Since you’re looking to save, pack some charcuterie items, sparkling water, a blanket, and head to your spot.

– Have a porch side meal. It counts as nature as long as you’re outside! Eat dinner on your patio over candlelight and it’ll be just like eating at a fancy restaurant.

Get active:

– While it’s not for everyone, the active couples out there can turn the Saturday morning jog into a date. Working out together can be a nice way to spend time together. Afterward, head to a coffee shop for a hot cup of joe.

– Go hiking. It’s free in most places and it’s a great way to see some beautiful vistas.

– Go to the beach. You don’t have to swim depending on the time of the year, but the beach is always beautiful. Climb rocks, build a sandcastle, and run along the coastline. 

Take advantage of local deals.

– Hit up the movie theater for a matinee viewing.

– Go to a community theater or high school play. They’re much less expensive than high end productions.

– Check local listings and deals in the newspaper and online for coupons local events in town. Paint nights, cooking classes, and workshop type dates occasionally offer deals or discounts.

– Go to happy hour. Bonus tip to keep it cheap: just grab drinks and eat at home after.

– Go to an improv night or slam poetry performance.

There are plenty of ways to have a fun but affordable date night. Whether you want to keep it under $20 or 100% free, there’s an option for you. Dates are about spending time together, not about money.

Jessica Tholmer

Freelance Writer

Jess Tholmer has been writing on the internet for what feels like most of her life. After studying English Literature in school, she has leaned into her degree and is a full-time content writer, social media manager, and freelance contributor to websites like HelloGiggles.com. You can find her @tholmz on Twitter and Instagram!

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