Dating can be expensive. You’re trying to impress each other, so you get all pretty (or handsome) and want to do fancy things. However, I think, that at the core of an AWESOME date is just having a good time and having the opportunity to enjoy your dates company. Some fun cheap date night ideas are actually super romantic, and a romantic date is awesome, right?
Even after you are in a steady (or married) relationship, going on dates is still important. But again, fun cheap date ideas that don’t break the bank are equally important. Especially if you are trying to stick to a monthly budget.
When my (now) husband and I were first dating, we had several favorite fun cheap date ideas that we would use regularly. We still use several of our first cheap dates now.
It is nice to have a date night (or day) that doesn’t have the added stress of spending a ton of money. It allows the whole date experience to be a lot more enjoyable.
(Not going on a date, but still want some ideas for fun? Check out some cheap things to do for fun!)
Looking for cheap date ideas? Here are 10 fun cheap date ideas that won’t break the bank:
1.Go for a picnic
Picnics are an awesome inexpensive date ideas. You can pack your favorite (not so expensive) food in a lunch bag and go to a scenic place.
2. Watch the sunset (or sunrise)
Watching the sunset (or sunrise) is free – which is awesome. But it can also be a super romantic date idea.
3. Go to the beach
You can go to the beach for a day full of fun, sun, sand and water. Or you can go to the beach in the morning or evening for a nice walk. The beach makes a great cheap date idea as it is free and there are so many different activities you can do.
4. Cook dinner at home
Cooking dinner in can let you show off your cooking skills (if you are a good cook). It also is way less expensive than a dinner out. To make it extra special, you can always light candles, use your nice dishes and/or cook a fun new meal.
Make sure that you budget your meal into your monthly food budget so that doesn’t go over for the month! We always make sure to factor in a little extra on special months that we know we might be having some at home dinner dates.
5. Go for a nature walk
Going for a nature walk is a fun way to get some exercise, have an adventure and have time for conversation on your date.
6. Take a scenic drive
This is my all time favorite of fun cheap date ideas. All you spend is the cost of gas. My husband and I take drives frequently. It is fun to explore new areas, or sight see.
If you are going for a long drive, make sure to pack some cheap road trip foods so you don’t have the added cost of eating out.
7. Movie night at home
Having a movie date night at home is much more affordable than going to see a movie at a theater. Plus you have SO many more movies to choose from!
(If you want to save $1,000 a year on cable? Here’s a great tutorial to help you cut the cord!)
8. Go stargazing
Head out of the city to a spot where the sky is clear at night and do some stargazing. This is free and super romantic cheap date idea.
9. Play a board game.
Playing board games can be a super fun cheap date idea. My favorite is Monopoly. But there are SO many games to choose from!
10. Dance at home for a fun cheap date
Instead of going out to dance, turn up the music and dance at home! Or, if you don’t know how to dance, find a tutorial online (like on YouTube) and learn to dance together. This fun cheap date idea is also super romantic.
11. Go to an open mic
Open mic nights are a fun way to go hear some music without spending tons of money.
12. Check out a local sports game
This is a great cheap date idea for sports fans. Most local sports games are free or cheap entry. It allows a less formal, but not so private fun cheap date experience. This makes for a good first date.
These cheap and free date ideas are certain to be able to fit within your budgeting and still give a lot of fun! If you aren’t sure how to get your budget in shape to fit in things like dates. Check out these budget tracking worksheets!
What are you favorite cheap date night ideas? Let me know below in the comments!