14 Cheap And Fun Date Ideas
Start writing a post
Relationships

14 Cheap, But Fun, Date Ideas

These date ideas are easy on your wallet, give you quality bonding time, and are still full of excitement!

458
Date night

Money shouldn't have to get in the way of you and your date having a good time together. That said, sometimes it can feel like the main solution to saving money is just staying in and twiddling your thumbs or watching television. There are plenty of other activities to do together that are fun, cost-effective, and that might even pull you outside your usual routine. You might just surprise yourself and find a new activity you turn into a recurring date night! Just pick and choose what works best for you. Some of these date ideas can even be combined together to make it a more epic date!

1. Make a life list

A life list is basically like a bucket list, but for couples. Just write down different events or activities you'd like to do together sometime in your lives. These could be for the short-term or long-term. Maybe you want to go see a certain band, but don't have the money for it yet. Put it on the list as something to look forward to someday! Plus, this gives your significant other great ideas of the kind of dates and activities that you appreciate.

2. Video games

Whether you play a multi-player game together or alternate playing a single-player game, video games can be a thrilling and competitive experience. Maybe you shoot for an old-school style of gaming and bring out the Wii to face off with tennis. Or you can always play a more modern game for the PS4 or XBOX — there are lots of great ones out there.

3. Card and board games

Sometimes taking it back to the basics is a refreshing change of pace. Card games and board games are fun ways to interact with your person face-to-face! Bring on the Monopoly!

4. Spa day

I'm not talking about going to a spa and paying a buttload of money to get pampered. You can easily do this by yourselves at home! Get some massage oil or lotion and give each other massages. Soak in a bubble bath. Slather on some face masks. Do mani-pedi's — you can still trim your nails and take care of your cuticles even if nail polish isn't your thing.

5. Bake

Find a recipe you both like, grab the ingredients, and get to work in the kitchen together! This can be even more adventurous if you try a tricky recipe or one neither of you have done before. If you have enough time on your hands, make it from scratch! If time's an issue, just buy a mix at your local grocery store to simplify the process.

6. Movie night

Agree on a movie or if you have time for two, choose one you like and one they like and watch both! You can raid your existing DVD collections or if you have a subscription, see what's on Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu. Another option is to go to a movie theater for a matinee movie or on one of their discount days. The Reel Theaters, Regal Cinemas, and The Village Cinema all have discounted ticket prices on Tuesdays. It's also worth it to check out the prices at your local drive-in theater. The Terrace Drive-In in Caldwell, Idaho costs $8 per person, and that's for two movies!

7. Volunteer

Spending time together helping others is never a bad way to spend your time. There are plenty of causes that could use help, like humane societies/pet shelters, hospitals, or homeless shelters.

8. Browse thrift stores/Go antiquing

Do you want to go shopping together but your budget is tight? Shop in thrift stores — you're bound to find unique clothes that are your style. Antiquing is also a great idea if you want to find cheap trinkets or items for your living spaces.

9. Take a walk or hike

If you feel like you've been cooped up or you just want to do a light exercise together, go for a walk or take a hike. Boise's Table Rock is a fun location to hike, plus there are different lengths and difficulty levels you can choose to get to the top where it overlooks the city.

10. Be productive

Sometimes there is too much homework or too many house projects to be able to take a break. Here's a solution: work on it together! You can work on homework alongside each other. Having a person around you that's working is a great motivator to keep going and resist getting distracted. Of course, working on projects together can be a fun way to bond and to get things done faster.

11. Ask questions

Whether your relationship is new and there are lots of unknowns about each other, or you've been seeing each other awhile, you can tailor fun or serious questions toward them to get to know more. You can ask lighter questions like "Who is your celebrity crush?" or deeper ones like "What does your dream life look like?". Asking intimate questions can also be a good way to go about this if you're both in the mood for that type of thing.

12. Picnic

Pack up some fruit, cheese, bread, or whatever you deem worthy picnic food and spread out a blanket. Use fancy little flute glasses for juice or champagne. Make it as simple or extravagant as you want. If it's not ideal weather outside, just keep the picnic inside and spread it out on the living room floor!

13. Learn something new

Is there a language you both want to learn? Work on Duolingo or another language-learning application/book alongside each other! Or maybe you've always wanted to learn guitar and your partner plays guitar. Get them to give you lessons! Whatever you want to learn, you can do it together.

14. Blanket fort

Some might call building a blanket fort childish. I happen to think it can be a lot of fun, although I've been told I can be a childish person. Use whatever furniture, blankets, and sheets you have around to build the ultimate blanket fort and hide inside away from the world for awhile. Grab snacks and your laptop and lie back to watch a movie.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Politics and Activism

One Indictment, Three Charges, And No Justice For Breonna Taylor

We can't settle for this decision or a system that is fundamentally broken and unequal.

1055

On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by police who were executing a "no-knock" warrant. Since then, there have been rallying efforts both in the streets and on social media demanding justice for Taylor and keeping her name known.

Keep Reading... Show less

Nothing! There is no reason to feel guilty about food and nourishing your body. It's time to make peace with food and stop focusing on the "good" or "bad," "right" or "wrong" because food does not have power over you.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Sat Down With An Endocrinologist To Ask All My Questions About Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

There are so many moving parts of hormonal health, so I went to an expert.

3490
Anjanette Tan

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is an autoimmune disease that impacts approximately 1 in 10 women. Any woman who has PCOS can attest to the fact that no two cases are the same — there are so many aspects of hormonal health that can impact a woman's reproductive health! For many, PCOS is a trial and error condition, with many doctors' appointments depending on the stage of life the woman is in.

This week I sat down with Dr. Anjanette Tan to get the expert opinion on all my PCOS questions. Dr. Tan is a board-certified endocrinologist who's worked in private practices since 2004. She currently works at the Diabetes and Thyroid Center of Fort Worth, one of the largest all-endocrine practices in the area, where she is the managing partner and head of clinical research.

Keep Reading... Show less

- Since I can remember, I've always been a light sleeper, with the quietest sounds waking me up, and I regularly wake up with the sun.

- While talking to a gynecologist friend of mine, she mentioned the importance of using an eye mask for quality sleep, which regulates hormonal levels.

- I was serendipitously sent the Crane & Canopy Silk Sleep Mask almost right after that conversation and was honestly reluctant to try it after testing other sleep masks that felt uncomfortable and irritated my skin.

- This sleep mask was extremely comfortable, and for the first time in nearly a decade, I slept in far past when I usually do on the weekends and woke up feeling more refreshed than I can remember — I've worn it nearly every night since then.

The older I get, it seems that sleep becomes an increasingly important topic of conversation amongst my friends and me. Yes, of course we complain about how tired we always are, but the pattern seemed to be a lack of sleep on the weekdays followed by late nights and sleeping in on the weekends without any solution.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

The Self-Care Kit Every College Student Should Have Handy In 2020

Make sure you have everything you need to relieve some tension.

1153

As college students, sometimes life can be overwhelming. Four tests in a week and you only passed one of them? I feel that. Days like that, you just need time for yourself. A time where you're nice to yourself and put your own self-care before anything else.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

The Smile Project Just Launched An Ambassador Program, And I Can't Wait To Get Started

Looking to shift your perspective, be happier, or just get involved in something truly amazing? Look no further.

852

The Smile Project is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading happiness, founded by Elizabeth Buechele. It all started on a random day in the fall of her senior year. She was driving home from school when this thought crossed her mind: "Day 1: Happiness is…those perfect car rides where the radio just plays all the right songs."

Keep Reading... Show less

I'll never forget the day that someone told me these words: "Madison, I think you're a good friend to everyone but yourself." I stood there completely in awe of that statement. Before that day, I never really thought about being a friend to myself, and at the time, I didn't really know what it meant. Now, I realize that you can't fully be there for other people unless you're there for yourself, too. You can't show up for others until you're willing to show up for yourself.

Here are five things everyone should learn in order to be a better friend to themselves. These steps are hard, but they're so worth it.

Keep Reading... Show less

It's no secret that social media can be harmful to our mental health. The barrage of heavily edited photos of Instagram models that we see every day only fuels our insecurities. There is a good side to social media, though. It allows us to keep up with friends and family across the globe. Plus, it provides a platform for mental health experts. Listed below are five therapists on Instagram who will fill your feed with motivational quotes and positive infographics.

Keep Reading... Show less
Netflix

Last week, Netflix released its original film "The Devil All the Time," based on the 2011 novel of the same name. Directed by Antonio Campos, the film boasts an all-star cast including Bill Skarsgard, Robert Pattinson, Riley Keough, and Tom Holland.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

In Honor of PCOS Awareness Month, I Researched 25 Things About The Autoimmune Disease

Ongoing research is further promoting the fact that engaging in a proper diet and exercise regimen can alleviate many symptoms!

1427

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a common endocrine disorder that affects young women, especially those of reproductive age. Women with PCOS often exhibit symptoms ranging from increased levels of the male hormone androgen along with cysts in their ovaries. However, ongoing research is further promoting the fact that engaging in a proper diet and exercise regimen can alleviate many symptoms! Here are 25 things I found out about PCOS.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments