You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a memorable date night. And while there is a time and place for grand gestures of love and romance, not every date night has to involve champagne and roses. Here are 10 ideas for date night on a budget to keep you busy. Talk about couple’s goals!
Heat up date night (literally) with a partner workout. AAA members can choose from over 10,000 participating fitness centers nationwide for just $25 a month with the Active&Fit Direct program. Plus, exercise releases those feel-good chemicals.
A couple that volunteers together, stays together. This date night on a budget is completely free. Plan a date volunteering with your boo for something that you’re both passionate about. Can’t agree? Switch off with your partner on planning these date nights once a month. Whether it’s walking adorable dogs at a shelter, playing games with the elderly at a nursing home or picking up trash on the beach, you can easily get to know someone better over this unique date night.
Mix it Up!
Play bartenders and recreate your favorite restaurant cocktail at home. Because let’s be honest, paying for drinks at a restaurant adds up quickly. Feeling fancy? Make the Le Fizz or get cozy with this Fireside cocktail. Both recipes have five or less ingredients, making them cost effective and easy to make over date night conversation.
Take a Tour
Take a tour, but not just any run-of-the-mill museum tour. Think outside the box. What do you and your partner appreciate and want to learn more about? Go on a pizza tour (professional or self-guided) or movie location tour, or tour a nearby chocolate factory, library or farm. Some are completely free, so you can save some cash for all the chocolate you’re going to want to buy.
Goal setting may not sound like the most romantic date night, but give it a chance. Simply write down your goals for the month, year or even for five years down the line. This is a great way to open up with each other and learn about your better half, whether it’s a new relationship or you’ve been married for years. Chat about your lists over a fun board game or get outside and discuss while stargazing.
Take a YouTube Class
By now you probably know that you can learn almost anything on YouTube, and it’s also helpful for a creative date night. Show off your Bob Ross art skills during an at-home paint and sip night. La Pittura Art Studio in New York City offers online tutorials. Painting supplies are relatively affordable or you can borrow supplies from a friend. Or go with something totally different and try your hand at making a lei with orchids. Get out of your comfort zone and have fun!
If you like learning new skills in the kitchen, consider trying your hand at cheese or pickle making. These DIY kits range from $30-$40 and will have you and your companion remembering your unique date idea every time you bite into a sandwich.
Two words: “Dirty Dancing.” What can be more romantic than learning how to dance with your partner? Search “free dance class near me” online right now and see what pops up near you. Dance Fever Studios in Brooklyn offers a variety of free dance classes like tango and salsa to anyone who attends. These will definitely spice up your date night on a budget!
Plan a fun bike riding date or hop on a free ferry and take photos with your cell phone or a Polaroid camera. Find a used camera online for half the price of a new model. There is something old-school romantic about using a Polaroid camera and printing your cute couple’s photos instantly. When you get home, make a scrapbook to remember the day or use an online photo service to create a photobook with your cell phone photos.
Laugh a Little
Laughing together is always a good idea. Whether you do that at a roller-skating rink, an affordable comedy show or pretend you’re a kid and get tickets to an hour at Sky Zone. This indoor trampoline park has locations throughout the Northeast and will have you both laughing in no time.
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What’s your most memorable date that you did not have to spend a lot of money on? Share it with us in the comments!