Dating someone can be expensive… But it doesn’t have to be!
Here are 18 date ideas that you both will enjoy, for less.
Explore your town by bike or foot (or car, but it won’t be quite the same).
Visit the movie theater on discount day.
- For us, this is Tuesday. Tickets are $5, and we like to go every time there’s a decent movie out.
Cook a new dish together.
- This is not only fun, but can be rewarding as well (if it tastes good).
- You might run into the issue of getting in each other’s way as you try to work in the kitchen together, but try to keep it fun and don’t get angry at them or things won’t go so well.
Teach him/her your favorite video game.
- No, I don’t mean handing them the controller for 5 minutes just to snatch it back and tell them they suck. I mean actually taking the time to teach them how to play like you would a younger sibling.
- If all goes well, you’ll have another activity you can do together!
Visit a local coffee shop.
- Coffee shops have a dynamic, easy-going energy to them that spurs conversation and innovation. Plus coffee usually isn’t too expensive, so there’s that.
Go to the library.
- I know the library is not your typical date-destination, but hear me out. If you’ve been dating someone for a while, you’ll want something to keep things fresh and interesting. If you both can find a good book to read together, it will not only give you guys something to do, but you’ll also have something new and exciting to talk about! The best part about it all is that the library is 100% FREE.
Look up city events.
- Depending on where you live, your city might sponsor events to encourage community engagement. You should take advantage of this because oftentimes they’ll be super cheap and lots of fun. For example, on July 4th, my city hosted a huge firework show that we went to. It was bright, vibrant, exciting, and the admission price was a grand total of $0.00.
- Who doesn’t love just hanging around in the park for a while?
Spend time with his/her family.
- Doing this will allow you to become closer to them AND you get to hear embarrassing stories about your significant other’s past!
Try things they like.
- Whatever your partner is into, you should try, at least once, even if you don’t think you’ll enjoy it. There’s a chance you’ll hate it and never go back, but there’s an equal chance that you’ll like it and then you both have a shared hobby. The risk is worth the gain.
Learn a new sport together.
- For us, it was tennis. Even though we’ve progressed at different speeds, we still play together all the time and we have fun. It’s super cheap and we get to exercise together without having to visit the gym.
Get into tourist attractions via resident discounts.
- Museums, state parks, aquariums, zoos, amusement parks,… The list goes on. Call them ahead to ask about state resident discounts so you won’t have to pay the outsider-fee.
Use student discounts to your advantage (if applicable, of course).
- My city has a list of businesses that offer student discounts on their website, and so does my university. If you’re a student, you should check which businesses do that as well and you might be surprised at the savings you’ve been missing out on!
Play cards/board games.
- This is old-school, but it’s great because it’s dirt cheap and you can take them with you wherever you guys want to go.
Go window-shopping at the mall.
- This will be a true test of your frugality, but if you can resist the spending urges, you’ll get a chance to learn what your partner likes, so when it comes time to buy them a present, you’ll know exactly what to get.
- Additionally, you’ll get to look at consumer-stuff. Stuff is cool too, sometimes.
Take art classes.
- Music, dance, singing, pottery, glass-blowing… You’re bound to find something you’d both want to learn, and a lot of places will provide the first class for free!
- People are interesting to watch. If you can get away with sitting in the same spot, staring at people as they pass without looking suspicious, this can be pretty entertaining (depending on where you are).
- Disclaimer: People usually don’t like to be stared-at… Be careful.
Experience nature’s beauty together.
- Beaches, trails, parks, mountains, campsites, etc.
- You’ll have a fun time with your significant other AND you might get some great Instagram pictures.
If you liked these ideas or if you want to suggest something else, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message. I’ll be happy to hear from you! 🙂