Cheap date ideas so you don’t have to find love on your way to the poorhouse
Dating is expensive! Even in this modern world of paying dutch or taking turns, building a relationship can destroy your checkbook. Add up all the typical date night ideas and you can easily drop $100 a night.
I’ve been there. It’s love at first sight…or you’re just big time crushing, and you want to see that person every day. That’s fine if you’re zip code is Beverly Hills but not so much if you live down the hill and across the tracks.
Enter my favorite cheap date ideas!
Ok, maybe cheap isn’t the best word. How about ‘showroom date night ideas at warehouse prices?’ That’s no better but most of these cheap date ideas will be just as special as the nights you have to take out a loan to pay.
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I’ve tried to categorize the cheap date ideas to make it a little easier to scan the list. Try doing one from each category each week and see how fast your dating budget thanks you!
Games that Make for Cheap Date Ideas
Who doesn’t like a good challenge and games are usually as free as it comes for date night ideas. Just remember not to get too competitive and don’t throw a fit if you lose.
- Read Guinness Book of Records and Try to Break a Record
- Complete a Puzzle
- Make Artwork with some Paint, Crayons or Clay
- Have a Game Night
- Play Bingo
Learning during Your Cheap Date Night
Taking a class or learning something releases powerful pheromones in your brain that drives the opposite sex crazy! Ok, I made that up but intelligence is sexy. Go learn something ‘hands-on’!
- Learn to Make and Paint Pottery
- Take a Dance Class
- Learn How to Make Wine
- Teach the Other a Talent
- Teach them to Drive a Manual Transmission
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Cookin’ Up some Cheap Date Ideas
Not only is cooking an inexpensive date, you get to do it in a private place just the two of you. Wait until your both comfortable being alone in your home and get ready to take the relationship to the next level.
- Make Ice Cream Sundaes
- Cook Dinner Together
- Bake a Cake
- Take a Cooking Class
- Go Beer Tasting
- Make a Homemade Pizza
Cheap Date Ideas Outdoors
Outdoors has got to be the cheapest date idea. Outdoors is free, it’s just some of the things we do there cost money.
- Have a Picnic
- Take Pictures from around Town and Make a Calendar
- Take a Road Trip
- Watch the Sunset
- Find an Orchard and Pick Fruit
- Build a Campfire
Cheap Date Ideas for the Sporty Types
Mini-golf, sporty? You don’t have to be a pro-athlete to do some of these with your date. As with the games, let your partner win occasionally and don’t be a sore loser.
- Get a Basketball and Play H-O-R-S-E
- Toss a Baseball or Football
- Go to a Driving Range (Golf)
- Race Go-karts
- Play mini-golf
- Go for a Bike Ride
- Rent Kayaks
- Go Rock-climbing
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Cheap Places to Go for a Date
Some of the best places to go on a date are places you wouldn’t normally consider a date. Being together and talking is the real date, where you go is just incidental. Inviting your date to run some errands with you says, “I’m comfortable letting you into my life and just like having your company.” That’s a cheap date and it’s romantic!
- Antique Stores
- Flea Markets
Cheap Date Ideas that will Relax You
When we’re relaxed, we let down our guard and can let people get closer. Laugh a little, cry a little and just be closer together.
- Watch Cheesy Horror Movies
- Curl up under a Blanket and Watch the Stars
- Binge Watch a TV Series
- Make Breakfast for Dinner and have ‘Breakfast in Bed’
- Watch a Movie Marathon
Cheap Date Ideas just for Fun
Ok, some of these could have been in other cheap date categories but they looked really fun…hence the category.
- Wine Tasting
- Play Darts at a Dive Bar
- Get a Psychic Reading
- Sing a Duet Karaoke Night
- Go to Open Mic Night at the Comedy Club
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Cheap Date Ideas that will Strengthen Your Relationship
Most of the other ideas will help to strengthen your relationship as well, just by being together, but these will really take it to the next level.
- Play 20 Questions
- Ask Each Other Questions about Childhood
- Play Strip Poker!
If you did one of these cheap date night ideas each week, it would take you more than a year to do them all. Throw in a few more expensive ideas and you’ve got a busy schedule for half the price…your welcome! You can send the check to my PO Box!
Cheap date ideas don’t have to be boring or make you look like a Scrooge. Spend a week or two getting to know your date, what kinds of activities they like and their hobbies. Some people just aren’t going to like all the date ideas in the list but there’s something for everyone.