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Monday, July 15, 2019

14 Date Night Ideas for Any Budget

Before this summer, it had been a while since my husband and I had had a date night. A real one. Without kids. Without tasks and errands that take all our free time. That did not mean just playing a video game (although that isn't always a bad thing).  Something that let us unwind and actually talk to each other. For starters, we are still keeping to a strict budget. And secondly, we didn't live near someone who could take all 4 of the kids from time to time. I've been reading a book that had plenty of ideas for budget-friendly dates. And I decided that it was high time to make a list of things that would work for my husband and I. Here is to hoping that you might get inspired.


Date night ideas:
  1. Take a drive. Sounds boring to some, but this is how you get closer together. Play your favorite music, sing along together and check out your city. 
  2. Walk around, taking pictures. Take turns passing the camera back and forth while you each snap photos. Then compare to see who got the best shots. 
  3. Go to the movies. This is something my husband and I finally did on our most recent date night. He had a coupon from when he worked for Target for 2 free movie tickets. Since there was no expiration date, we were able to see the new Godzilla movie. LOVED it! And yes, I believe there will be a sequel!
  4. Play Just Dance for 2. See who racks up the most points as you both shake and jive. Do dances meant for two and really get close! Though my husband claims he can't dance, this is one game he beats me at often.
  5. Have a Wii tournament. There are some great sports games that you can play together. Get moving while having fun together. 
  6. Watch the sunset. While we don't live in the mountains or near the beach (where my favorite sunsets and sunrises happen), we can still get up early and head to a park. Maybe make a simple snack or bring a warm drink along. Cuddle up and watch the beauty unfold. 
  7. Make a dessert together. There is something magical about cooking and baking with someone you love. Plus you get to enjoy something delicious when you are done. (We made these healthier cookies.)
  8. Go for a hike. Don't forget to bring along water and be careful. Take the time to talk and really bond. 
  9. Play a board game together. No TV in the background! Put on your favorite tunes instead. Not only do you bond, but you can see who has the skills to dominate the board! 
  10. Try out a new restaurant. Even if it isn't new to the area, it might just be new to you guys. See if it is what it claims to be! 
  11. Paint a canvas together. Doesn't matter what it is. Just put both of your ideas into one. The Dollar Tree carries some in the crafting section.
  12. Have a movie night together at home. Grab snacks and snuggle on the couch. Do a marathon even! We have been working on Stranger Things, Season 3. Absolutely one of our favorites!
  13. Check out a local flea market or thrift store. Walmart and Target will be there, selling whatever is in. But sometimes it can be fun to check out a place selling used and unusual things. So deviate and do something new! 
  14. This last one is a favorite of mine. Check out the stars together! Set up an inflatable pool, filled with pillows and blankets in the backyard. Bring a snack. Set up the telescope (if you have one) and then relax together under the stars! 
Be spontaneous! 
 
You don't have to have money to have a great time and get closer to the one you love. You can be creative and just see what happens. A lesson I learned on a recent date was that not everything goes as planned. I'm a huge planner. But sometimes I need to lay off the planning and just go with it. Then things can flow and the fun comes naturally. What date night ideas do you have? 

28 comments:

  1. i love board games. that is a good idea for a fun and inexpensive date night. and don't forget all those games that can be played for days upon days.

    Joy at The Joyous Living

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    1. it's amazing how many different versions of monopoly there are nowadays. do you have a favorite?

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    2. I know! I have several versions. I love the Legend of Zelda one that my husband bought me as a gift.

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  2. wow, my second article today on this topic. So cool and thanks!

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    1. You are so welcome! I hope you have some new ideas to try :)

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  3. What amazing ideas! Definitely, we can have fun with no money. I'm going to try all those activities with my partner for sure

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  4. Paint a canvas!!!! Love this, and have done it with friends before. What a great way to escape WITH a souvenir at the end. xoxo

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    1. Yes! I love this one too and hope to try it with my husband soon.

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  5. Some great ideas here, will make sure I come back when needed! Bookmarked!

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  6. These are some great ideas for date night. Very affordable and gives no reason not to have a great time with your significant other! Lavern Moore

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  7. I need to do more date nights with my husband. We usually just Netflix & Chill. Great ideas! Thanks!

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    1. Those are fun nights too! Maybe you can shake it up from time to time :)

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  8. Lots of great ideas. I also like to do workshops together like cooking class. In summertime, we'd always attend outdoor festivals and enjoy street eats. They are really fun.

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  9. Always can find great date night tips here. Today yet another great share on dating that many new couples will find useful! Lavern Moore

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  10. My best friend and I love to play board games. We have a game night twice a month.

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    1. That is awesome! I used to play some games with friends too before I got married.

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  11. Yes! I love this one and i ll try it with my friends soon.

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  12. Great suggestions! One board game that's fun to play even with just 2 people: 5 second rule. You have 5 seconds to list whatever your card says to, for example, list 5 movies from the 80s.

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    1. I've never heard of that one, but I really want to try it now!

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  13. I like the idea of just walking around because I know that there are so many things to catch up. And it is nice.to see whatever is new in the community.

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