When you think of date night, what comes to mind? A nice dinner at a restaurant followed by a movie? For many of us, date night feels like a special, fancy night out that involves dressing up and spending money. But it should really be about carving out quality time with our partners and connecting with them.
So how can we plan regular date nights that don’t feel overdone and won’t break the bank? Here are 22 of the best inexpensive date ideas to try this weekend.
Whether you’re a lover of the outdoors or not, taking date night outside can open up a wealth of activities. Here are some ideas:
#1. Go figure skating. (Winter)
#2. Take a hike. (Spring/Summer/Fall)
#3. Go on a picnic. (Spring/Summer/Fall)
#4. Visit a pumpkin patch. (Fall)
#5. Go camping. (Summer)
Go to free (or inexpensive!) events.
Depending on where you live, there are festivals and events that are completely free to to the public.
#6. Take in a music festival.
#7. Go to a community play or theatre performance.
#8. Visit a local museum or art gallery on a free or discounted night.
#9. Take in an improv or open mic night.
#10. Go to a sports game. You can either scalp last-minute tickets or take in a minor league game.
Staying in doesn’t have to be boring or routine. Here are some ways to make staying in more fun:
#11. Have a wine and puzzle night.
#12. Plan a movie night, complete with popcorn or ice cream sundaes!
#13. Cook or bake a new dish together. (A meal kit is a great way!)
#14. Play a game! Board games, cards, and video games are all good ideas.
#15. Take in a TV marathon. Binge watch a whole bunch of episodes of your favourite show. (Psst… my post The Absolute Best TV Shows on Netflix has some suggestions!)
#16. Decorate the house for whatever season you’re in or whichever holiday is soonest.
Plan an activity.
#17. Go rollerskating.
#18. Take your partner bowling.
#19. Go to cheap movie night (Tuesdays are normally a safe bet!) or to the drive in.
#20. Hit a bucket of balls at the driving range or go play mini golf.
#21. Volunteer in your local community.
#22. Go for ice cream.
Which of these ideas sound the most fun to you? How do you keep date nights affordable? Sound off in the comments and let us know!
And be sure to check out these related posts for more ideas.
10 of the Most Fun Date Night Ideas for Married Couples
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5 Powerful Relationship Building Activities You Need to Try Today
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