Date Ideas on a Budget

Date Ideas on a Budget

One issue with dating in your 20’s is that there is probably a 50/50 chance that one or both of you is broke AF. I like to blame this mostly on student loans and the outrageous price of mixed drinks at bars. But you shouldn’t let this stop you from having frequent date nights! After you’ve been with someone for a while, date nights can come few and far between. So check out my post about the importance of making time for date night then head back over here for some cheap ideas!

I personally am haunted by the weight of my student loans and I have a tendency to date guys who are also struggling financially. (Where is a sugar daddy when you need one?) So when the fancy dinners and decent concert seats become too expensive, I’ve managed to still make frequent date nights happen while we’re on a budget.

Dinner & a Movie – In Your PJs

You don’t always have to leave the house for it to officially be a date night, but you might want to take a step up from Netflix and Chill. Get creative with what’s in your pantry and fridge to whip up a delectable dinner. Actually sit at the dinner table and have a good conversation (there’s no shame in gathering a list of topics before dinner to keep it interesting). Once dinner is over, head to the couch (or bed) for movie time. While this will eliminate the inevitable disagreement on where to eat for dinner, you will have to make the difficult decision of choosing a movie.

A Picnic in the Park

I love parks and being in a city, I have many to choose from. What’s more fun than packing up a lunch, grabbing a good dessert and heading out to your favorite park for a relaxing day-date? Don’t forget to bring a flask to make it extra fun. Fall is my favorite time of year for park picnics. The weather is perfect and the falling leaves give it an additional romantic touch.


Explore the City

This one is best done on foot. Go to a part of town that you want to see more of, park the car and take off walking. Maybe there’s an arts district you’ve never slowed down to look at, or a street with a lot of cool, local shops you’ve always wanted to check out. It’s a great way to tour your surroundings and have a fun-filled day!

Free Concerts

Who doesn’t love live music? Well, good live music. Chances are you can find a free or cheap concert or a local band playing at a bar in town. I love to use Facebook Events or Guidelive as resources for my searching. It’s always great to support the local talent and then there’s the possibility you’ll find a new favorite band.

Dancing Lessons

Surprisingly you can find a lot of free dance lessons if you do your research. Check out your local country bar for line dancing or two-stepping lessons. Salsa dancing lessons seem to be popular these days (or maybe I’ve just been oblivious) and I’m constantly seeing listings for bars hosting free lessons on weeknights.

Dirty Dancing

Game Night for Two

Game night doesn’t only have to be for families or a group or people. There are plenty of card or board games you can play with two people. Personally, I LOVE game nights and try to host or attend one as often as I can (I am the Monopoly Master). Board games can be expensive so if you don’t have a large selection of games check out your local bookstore or thrift shop. You can make it extra fun by turning your game of choice into a drinking game or come up with some naughty rules…

Now I’ve given you plenty of ideas so stop reading this and get to planning your date night! Let me know in the comments how it went!

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