24 Cheap Fall Date Ideas

24 Cheap Fall Date Ideas

Come on bae, we're going pumpkin picking.

What do you do when you want to drag bae on those cute fall excursions you're seeing all over insta, but you also have barely been working lately, so you're money situation is looking a little scarce? Try these 24 cheap ideas to avoid letting your bank account turn you into a 24/7 Netflix and chill couple.

1. Apple/Pumpkin Picking

Check Groupon for super cheap deals in your area. Even just driving to these beautiful country areas is totally free and is a big part of the beauty of this date.

2. Hiking

Pack a lunch, and some waters, and you're ready to go! Fall is the perfect time to get outdoors before it gets too cold and you're really stuck inside with no choice but to Netflix and chill.

3. Carve/Decorate Pumpkins

You can get a pumpkin for a couple bucks from your local grocery store. Make an entire night out of this childhood throwback activity, and see who can make the scarier looking pumpkin.

4. Make Caramel Apples, Pumpkin Pie, etc.

This is cheaper than buying these products already made, AND more fun, because you get to attempt to make these delicious fall treats together. And you get to eat them.

5. Corn Maze

This is a cheap date that will most likely take you a long time to do as a couple if you can't agree on which way to go. You'll absolutely get the most bang for your buck in terms of a lengthy and adventurous date.

6. Rake Leaves

Help out the rents, and have a cute date all at once. Helping each other do something good for someone else will bring you closer together. Just make sure to clean the leaves back up if you decide to jump in the pile (which we both know you will).

7. Picnic

Use whatever food you have in your house, (or maybe the pie you made in number four?) make a simple lunch and head off to a spot in the park under your favorite tree. This is another great way to enjoy the outdoors, some good food and each other.

8. Bonfire/S'mores

Fire, chocolate, cuddling to keep warm? Perfect date night, and again did I mention cheap?

9. Football Game/Tailgate

Local towns often have championship games that draw a big tailgating crowd. Aim to find some of these games to go to as compared to a professional game where you'll be dropping down the big bucks to go see.

10. Go to a Festival

There are a ton of fall harvest and beer festivals. Search your area to try to find the ones that don't charge an entrance fee.

11. Fort/Movie

"Hocus Pocus" marathon? In a blanket fort? Come on.

12. Camping

Borrow a tent from a friend, pack some warm clothes and food and you've got yourself an inexpensive overnight getaway.

13. Go Costume Shopping/Make One

Be creative as a couple and try to come up with the funniest couples costume. If you want to go for an even cheaper idea, try to make costumes yourself and see how creative you can get.

14. Volunteer at a Soup Kitchen

The fall is a wonderful time to remember what we are thankful for and give back to the community. It's wonderful to help others, and to do that with the people we love.

15. Haunted House

Again, this is a date where you'll want to search for a Groupon, or perhaps nights where they may offer a special deal.

16. Ride Bikes

There are many areas that you can rent a bike for a couple bucks for the day, or even ask around and see if any friends have one you can borrow. Getting exercise as a couple and trying an activity that you haven't done since you were a kid will bring you closer together.

17. Explore a New City

Pick somewhere neither of you have ever been to and just go and check it out. Exploring someplace new can totally be cheap because you don't necessarily have to go do things there to have fun, since just going to the area is something new for you both.

18. Hold a Garage Sale

The date that gives back money to you! Working together to de-clutter your belongings and make some extra cash is the perfect way to afford your next date night.

19. Have an at-Home Craft Beer Night

Instead of going to one of those expensive wine or beer tastings, set one up for yourselves at home. Stop by the liquor store and pick up various fall beers. Take out the nice glasses, sit, and go through each beer discussing which ones you like and don't.

20. Go to a Farmers Market

This is a great place to walk around and perhaps pick up some fresh and cheap produce that you can use to cook your own dinner.

21. Hand Out Halloween Candy

Interacting with ecstatic kids on Halloween is a fun activity to do together. You can get some cheap candy at the dollar store.

22. Decorate Your House Together

It's something you have to do, so why not do it together and make a date out of it? Helping each other get a task done is fulfilling. Do this before you try your beer from number 19 and you'll appreciate it even more.

23. Spend a Sunday Morning Reading in Bed, With the Windows Open, Eating Pumpkin Pancakes

Everyone needs a day off. Some of the best dates are the simple ones where we can just relax and appreciate each others company.

24. Train For a 5k "Turkey Trot" Together

Thanksgiving is often known for "Turkey Trot" races that take place early in the morning before the feasting begin. Search in your local area fora race to sign up for. While there is typically a registration fee, you aren't just paying to do the race together, you're putting in the investment of training together and working towards a common goal. Running a couple times a week together will make you both feel good while you're accomplishing something new.

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Spread the love this Valentine's Day with some cute items!

You can always count on Target to have exactly what you need whenever you need it. More often than not, I walk out of their stores with a cart full of the things I just couldn't stand to leave without. This is even more true around holiday times! Target always comes through with some amazing, festive items. This year, they have a great selection of Valentine's Day items that you won't be able to leave the store without!

1. Pink Oversize Faux Fur Heart Throw Pillow.

This pillow is so soft and cozy! It'd be perfect for curling up with during this sweet and romantic time.

2. Pink Metallic Knit Throw Pillow by Threshold™.

Another cozy item! This would be perfect for laying over a chair or a couch as decor or great for wrapping up in.

3. Set of Two Pink/Ivory 14 oz Valentine Dogs Glazed Stoneware Mug by Threshold™.

How cute are these? This is something I'd be using year round, not only during Valentine's Day!

4. Pink 14"x14 Heart-Shaped Artificial Wreath by Threshold™.

Your front door definitely needs this cute heart-shaped wreath! Spread the love!

5. 16ct Valentine's Day Heart Glasses by Spritz™.

These would be a great party favor for Valentine's Day parties! And super cute to take selfies with.

6. Cream Metallic Heart Placemat.

What a cute way to spruce up your table! Get these and cook up a romantic dinner with your significant other.

7. Gold/Pink/Purple 60" Heart Shaped Garland by Threshold™.

This would be so cute hanging over a headboard or across a window!

8. Pine Wood Hearts Sign by Hand Made Modern™.

This would be a cute decoration on its own but it would also make an awesome Valentine's Day craft project! Grab some paint and decorate your own heart!

9. XOXO Wine Decanter with Wood Stopper.

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10. 4pc Nested Cookie Cutter Set by Wilton™.

Make some sweet treats with these cute, heart-shaped cookie cutters!

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7 Reasons It's Totally OK That I'm 23 And Have ALWAYS Been Single On Valentine's Day

Believe it or not, being single on Valentine's Day isn't a TOTAL bummer.

I've been here for almost 23 years and I have yet to celebrate Valentine's Day with a significant other, or even a date, for that matter. Sometimes it bums me out, but then I realize all the things that are fantastic about this.

1. Valentine's Day is largely just a commercial holiday.

It is designed to sell cards, chocolate, flowers, and other Valentine's-esque gifts. Seriously, there is research that shows how much money is shelled out on these gifts, and it's insane how much more money is charged for things like flowers during these types of holidays.

2. Valentine's Day should not be the ONLY day you show love to those you care about.

By all means, buy the gushy thing you know your significant other, family member or friend might want, and tell them you love them. If, however, this is the only time you ever show anyone you care, and it's because you're expected to on the 14th of February, that's really sad.

3. I already have enough stuffed animals.

I would appreciate anything someone gave me because they were thinking of me, no doubt, but I'd rather it be full of thought than a cheesy stuffed animal I have no room for in my house (unless it's a stuffed elephant because my future SO would know I love elephants). Write me a letter, make me my favorite dinner, watch my favorite movie with me, or if you want to spoil me, do that-just no giant teddy bear just because it was in the Valentine's Day section of the CVS down the street.

4. Restaurants/movie theaters/etc. are TOO CROWDED on Valentine's Day.

Unless you make a reservation in advance, we will wait FOREVER. Anyone that knows me knows I get cranky when I'm hungry or forced into a crowd of people. Not a great date night.

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5. Day-after chocolate.

I like to take advantage of the fact that stores buy WAY too much-themed merchandise for holidays, and therefore when they inevitably have this surplus, they mark it down the day after. So, when the grocery stores say 50% off for Russell Stover, this girl's going IN, with no one to judge her for buying it.

6. No disappointments.

Okay, I know this one looks bad at first glance. Hear me out:

I put thought into gifts. Some presents I've given may not have been right on the money for some people, but you can at least tell I tried to put something together. I like to get a few things that the person I'm buying or crafting a gift for likes, and put a sentimental spin on it.

Even though there have been times that I cannot stand the things that my significant other liked, I still made an attempt to get something HE liked, not something that only I liked and wanted him to like. I've heard of people who put no thought into something for someone else, or perhaps worse, they'll buy something they enjoy for their boyfriend or girlfriend.

For instance, some people buy non-sports-fans season tickets to their own favorite team's games, because they enjoy going and the "We can go together!" idea is their defense. Yes, Chad, we can go to a game together, because I know you enjoy it, but not the WHOLE SEASON.

7. Excuse to save money.

Not that I really mind spoiling my boyfriends when I have them or spotting them sometimes for date nights, but ya girl is a bargain hunter and the best way to save money for your date on Valentine's Day is to not have one. Sure, it'd be nice to have someone to cuddle up with and be mushy with, but if I don't have that person, I can use the money I saved on a present for that nonexistent mister to buy myself something nice. Or spend some of it on the marked-down candy.

I'm sure all of this sounds cynical, and perhaps it is, but I'm of the opinion that Valentine's Day, while adorably romantic, is just another day. If you care about someone, the love you're showing should be thoughtful and year-round, not just one day in February.

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