Whether you’ve been in a relationship for years, or are just getting started, dating can be very expensive. Having a tight budget doesn’t mean you have to give up date night! You just have to be more creative. Your significant other will appreciate your thoughtfulness! Thankfully, there are many fun and cheap date ideas you can try. Make a list of all the free events happening in your community over the next few months. To get you started, here are 11 date ideas that won’t cost you money!
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11 Cheap Date Ideas That Won’t Ruin Your Budget
Geocaching is a massive treasure hunt that you can do anywhere, anytime! First, you’ll need to create a free account on the official Geocaching site or app. Next, choose your first geocache. Follow the clues and use your GPS to navigate to its location. There are hidden caches all over the world, and vary in size and level of difficulty! Once you find the cache – or treasure – sign the log so others know you were there, and snap a few photos for your social media accounts. Although the prize has little value, it’s a fun way to get outside, explore, and work with your SO accomplish a goal!
Have a candlelit game night
Game nights are fun, but you know what’s even better? A romantic, candlelit game night! Unplug from all distractions by turning off the lights, cell phones and tv (playing music is okay). Light some candles to set the mood. Gather your favorite board and card games and a bottle of wine, or two. Whoever wins the game gets a massage from the loser.
You could also turn this into a couples game night! Invite your close friends to BYOG (Bring Your Own Game) and you provide the refreshments. Cards Against Humanity and Taboo are my favorite group games!
Attend a free comedy show
Everyone loves a good laugh! If you live in or near a big city, you should have no problem finding free comedy shows to attend! This might require more planning on your part, but it’s sure to be a hit. If you’re in New York City, check out this list of The Best Free Comedy Shows in NYC.
Experiment in the kitchen
Did you know that science says couples who cook together, stay together? This activity is sure to strengthen your relationship, and also keep money in your pocket. Go through your pantry and refrigerator to see what ingredients you already have. Enter those ingredients into this super cool recipe generator. This site will tell you how many different meals you can make, and gives you the complete recipe! Choose one that suits your fancy and cook it together. Don’t forget to snap a photo for the ‘gram!
Watch a movie in the park
During the summer and fall, many organizations host free outdoor movies. There are often 2-3 movies showing each week, so you’re bound to find one the piques your interest. Grab a blanket, lawn chairs, drinks, and snacks, and enjoy a movie while cuddling beneath the stars. If that’s not your thing, you can always Netflix and chill at home, or DIY it in your backyard.
Immerse yourself in another culture
Most cities have free festivals and parades for cultural events such as Black History Month, Mardi Gras, Cinco de Mayo, Holi, etc. Attending these events is an excellent way for you to experience a different culture’s food, music, art, and more! You will leave with a deeper appreciation of those around you, and develop a closer bond with your SO in the process.
Check out a free concert
Music lovers, this one’s for you! Spring, summer, and fall are the best seasons to catch a free concert in your local community. These may include up and coming artists, or even some big-name stars! You may also be able to see a touring symphony if you’re lucky – super romantic!
Give back to your community
I think this is one of the best ways for a couple to spend time together. There are many different volunteer opportunities that you could sign up for. If you like animals, you can walk, bathe, and socialize them at your local animal shelter. Not interested in working with animals? You could collect trash to keep roads as litter free as possible, feed the homeless, or organize a gift drive during the holidays. Choose a new activity each month or quarter. You can even get your friends and family involved!
Spend the day at a museum
Many museums are free or have “free admission days.” Take advantage of these opportunities! Museums spark intellectual conversations and provide the best photo ops (do it for the ‘gram). Learn more about the way your partner perceives art and life overall. Museums are more interactive these days, so have fun! This is also a great way to cool off in the summer or keep warm in the winter.
Learn how to DIY your next home improvement project
Have you ever wanted to DIY your bathroom or kitchen remodel, but didn’t know where to start? Sign up for a FREE Home Depot Workshop near you! Some require you to buy your own supplies. Nonetheless, you will learn how to DIY your way to a beautiful home. Upcoming workshops in my city include: installing tile and backsplash; how to cut, stain and assemble a spice rack; and hot to paint trims. Get your hands dirty and show off your creative side with this unique date! Find workshops in your city here.
Go on a hike
Exercise and spend time with your SO at the same time! Challenge each other to go further than you got on the last hike, or try one of the more difficult trails. Even if you don’t live close to the mountains, there are plenty of parks with beautiful walking trails. Either way, you’re bound to get some awesome photos, and spend quality time bonding with your partner. For bonus points, to catch at least one sunrise or sunset!