98 Super Fun, Cheap Date Ideas

98 Super Cheap Date Ideas

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If you’ve been married 50 years, together for 6, or just getting ready to go on your first date don’t worry about how you’re going to afford all that “relationship stuff”. There are a ton of fun, cheap date ideas!

98 Cheap Date Ideas…

1. Play in the snow, build a snow man, then drink cocoa

2. Go to a community play, a dress rehearsal, high school or college play

3. Do an inside or outside picnic 

4. Work out together

It’s fun to subtly flirt with each other at the gym because the other gym patrons don’t necessarily know you’re together.

5. Go roller skating or ice-skating

6. Movie marathon with ice cream sundaes

Pick a genre, queue up some movies, and make the biggest, most obnoxious sundae you can.

7. Play hide and seek in a corn field (or the woods)

8. Go on a very long walk around your neighborhood at night

9. Go to a real- live movie store, pick out a movie together then pop homemade popcorn at home 

10. Go to estate sales together

11. Spa night together

Spoil each other with home treatments like bubble baths, exfoliating face and body scrubs, foot massages, etc.

12. Make a romantic dinner at home

13. Play ping-pong

Ping-pong is very inexpensive.

14. Bowl

Most bowling alleys have specials and fun things like black-light bowling with loud music.

15. Go yarn-bombing together

Channel your inner rebel.

16. Go on a midnight bike ride together

17. (Mom cover your eyes) Practice Kama Sutra 

18. Go to the hardware store

Wander around, and dream of everything you would do to your house if money was no object. $2,000 chandelier? No problem!

19. Build something together

20. Go canoeing!

21. Go camping!

22. Go hiking!

23. Go fishing!

24. Find the best happy hours in town and make the appetizers your meal

My husband and I go to a place in town that has a happy hour where you can get a burger, fries, and drink for $5. Then, we split it.

25. Take advantage of coupon sites to get great deals on things you wouldn’t normally do

26. Go to a trapeze class!

Seriously. They have them in my city and they just might have them on your city too. For only $10 each it’s a steal.

27. Have friends over and play board games 

28. Go to an antique store and talk about the past lives of old objects 

29. Get some thrift store tennis rackets and go to your city’s free courts

30. Go to the neighborhood pool

31. Fly kites!

32. Test drive an expensive car

33. Go on a tour beer, food, etc. 

Find out what tours businesses in your city offer and try one out.

34. Go thrifting or garage sale-ing together

35. Do a breakfast date

Breakfast is the least expensive meal option (and tastiest if you ask me).

36. Make a new recipe together

37. Play strip poker

38. Find a free (or very cheap) class and take it together

39. Go for an ice cream date. then walk and talk with your cone

40. Find cheap sporting event tickets or go to your local high-school or college games

41. Drive up to the highest point in your city, spread out a blanket, and then gaze up at the stars

42. Go to the animal shelter and pet the animals

43. Teach each other something 

You probably know something your partner doesn’t and they probably know how to do something you don’t. This is the perfect opportunity to teach each other

44. Take photos of each other

Maybe your social media profile pictures are out of date. Spend an afternoon photographing each other.

45. Research your local train and bus lines

There just might be a train that goes right up to the mountains or a cheap bus ride might get you to the beach. Either way, it’s definitley worth looking into.

46. Open Mic or Improv nights

I feel like this one shows up on every list but there’s a good reason why. It’s fun!

47. Volunteer together 

48. Babysit together

49. Make a time-capsule

50. Take advantage of the season

Maybe it’s carving pumpkins, decorating the Christmas tree, or hiding Easter eggs. No matter the season there’s usually something fun happening.

51. Go through your old yearbooks 

Tell your partner all about your high-school days.

52. Reminisce about your 1st date

53. See how creative you can get

Take turns planning dates that have a $10 limit.

54. Train for a race together

55. A book club for two 

Select a book, check out a copy for each of you from the library and then discuss it as you go.

56. Paint a room together

57. Take swing dance classes together 

58. Make a pizza at home

59. Write out the story of how you met

60. Talk about your future together 

61. Write love letters to each other than read them to each other

62. Do a puzzle together 

63. Wash the car and flirt with each other

64. Draw each other 

Close your eyes and draw each other. Yes, eyes closed.

65. Yoga

Most yoga studios offer free yoga. It’s fun to go together, and see how funny you each other in the poses. The worse you are at yoga the more fun it is;)

66. Play frisbee

67. Pretend you’re in a movie

If it rains, go outside, get soaking wet, then run to each other, embrace, and kiss passionately (of course) for like 5 minutes, at least.

68. Pick fruit

This is a good one for the spring and summer months.

69. Go to a friends art opening

70. Bake a cake together 

71. Make each other breakfast in bed

72. Be a tourist in your own city

Roam around like you don’t know what’s going on and try to really see your city in a new way.

73. Experimental food

Pretend you’re on a food show and pick out ingredients for the other person (use as many ingredients as possible that you already own). Then you each try to cook something edible. Sweet and sour corn muffins? Sure!

74Scavenger hunt 

Spend some time planning a scavenger hunt either around town or just in your house. Leave something (like a sweet letter) at the end of the trail for your partner to find. Take turns doing this for each other.

75. Take online relationship tests 

The Love Languages one is specifically good.

76. Pick a TV show and then watch episode after episode

Any Dexter, Breaking Bad or True Blood fans out there? (I’ve heard Homeland is amazing too!)

77. Get to know each other even more

You might think you know each other really well but if you’e been together for any length of time some of the answers from the beginning of your relationship might be out-of-date. Don’t assume you know your partner so much that they’re not allowed to grow or change their minds.

78. Pray or meditate together

This will make you feel very close and can also be intimating and make you feel vulnerable. But humor me and give it a try (easier said than done, I know). Plus, I’ve got real-live proof that this works! Get this, I know of a couple and they are each 92 years old, and they’ve been married 70 years! Their secret? Transcendental meditation for 20 minutes at least twice a day!

79. Tell each other why you like/love each other so much 

This is another thing that’s easy to take for granted in relationships. Like, yeah, yeah, yeah, of course we love each other! But, really telling each other? Worth a shot.

80. Make life lists

Create lists of things you’d like to do together and separately and then share them with each other and get some of the plans in the works!

81. Break a record

Look at the Guinness Book of World Records and see which record you two should try to break together. Even if you don’t break the record it’d be fun to try.

82. Dream about your dream house

Look at Pinterest and dream about what your house would be like if you had no limit on money! (This is my dream home board)

83. Be a kid again

Remember when $5 seemed like SO much money? It can still go pretty far in an arcade. Go to the arcade to play skee-ball, air hockey, and video games.

84. Hit golf balls at a driving range

85. Go to a midnight movie

86. Pretend you don’t know each other, get dressed up, and meet in the bar or at an event

87. Make a mix tape together

88. Play basketball

89. Go look at dream house status real-estate 

90. Find a cheap psychic and get a reading

91. Give each other haircuts

Yep, I went there. (Still trying to convince my husband to let me try giving him a homemade hair cut)

92. Make wishes in a fountain together

93. Watch YouTube videos all night

Prank videos or kitten videos for hours?! Yes. It’s amazing.

94. Stay up all night talking or “talking”

95. Climb a tree 

96. Go to a bar and cheer for a team 

This one could get expensive so either don’t drink, drink beforehand, or bring a flask.

97. BBQ

98. Ask around

Keep your ears (eyes) peeled on your social media sites for free events going on around town or ask your friends if they have any ideas.

Want more ideas? Check out this post: How to be a Cheap Valentine Without Being a Cheap Valentine  and this post might help too: 56 Things to do Instead of Spending Money.

What are your favorite cheap date ideas?

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  2. Em

    My boyfriend and I like to see who can make 5$ last the longest playing penny slots at the casino! Plus free soda means we don’t have to pay for drinks!

  3. Lydia

    Hi Anna, i love all of your ideas, but some are quite hard to find a hold of when your’e living in the English countryside. One thing that bothers me is what happened to a midnight swim at the local pool? The only way to get in nowadays without get serious consequences is several bucks later and a booking in advance. What happened to spontaneity?

  4. paige

    Go to a coffee shop, get the house brew coffee. People watch and play board games! They often have a good selection, or you can bring playing cards

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  7. Bonita

    It’s a bit funny, I found a lot of ideas on your list that my husband & I have already done. Not trying to save $$ but for different things to do rather than the norm. I have to give him the credit tho, he came up w/the ideas.
    Here are a few other we enjoyed:
    • Taste test @ wineries (most are free or a few $$ @ most). Buying anything is not a requirement but you can if you want.
    • Go to craft shows & eat there (they usually have really good food).
    • Go to watch fireworks other than 4th of July. Go early to get a good spot. Bring chairs or a blanket & a game to play (cards works great if not windy) while waiting or talk to others nearby.
    • Go to a carnival
    • If no ocean nearby, go & walk along the river
    • Play a board or video game, just the two of you.
    • Go to a drive in movie theater either alone or w/friends
    • Go to an arts festival in the city.
    • Go to a parade in the city rather than your local one because they are so much longer & have more “energy.” Afterwards, walk through the city for a while checking out the sites.
    • Take a hike.
    • Research what places of interest w/a low or donation entrance fee are 6-8 hours away. Then plan for a weekend trip, leaving Fri. if @ all possible. Also, book your rooms in advance & ask for a discount. Most times they will give it to you, but generally you need to be speaking to the hotel not some random reservation number.
    Hope some of those suggestions help! I know some of yours did!! ☺? ? ?

  8. Aja

    I’m 13 and I got an amazing boyfriend, we always want to go out, as a matter of fact we do every weekend but we’re running out of ideas, but now that I’ve seen this we can finally do something new:) This is a great list,, I love it a lot, thanks for the ideas!! I’ll be sure to try them out:)

  9. Sarah

    i am SOOO excited to RESEARCH my LOCAL TRAINS w my bf!!! HOW MUCH FUN! I get my SCHOOL homework done AND I get to spend time w my bf!!! EFFICIENCY!!!!

  10. Hannah

    This is helpful!! My boyfriend and I might like this!! I’ll tell him these ideas when I go to his house tomorrow!! I already picked some out to!!

  11. Nay

    Summer date idea!!! Have a water gun fight or a water balloon fight. You can buy water guns for a few bucks.

  12. Dwight

    My wife and I are looking things to do starting with the letters of the alphabet, I’m having a hard time coming up with something for the letter A? Any ideas?

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  16. S Tayler

    Try reading a short 2-person play! It’s a fun dating activity for intellectual entertainment that will turn a few minutes into a enjoyable shared experience. There are suggestions for additional enjoyment and questions to get to know one another.

  17. S Tayler

    Try reading a short 2-person play! Find it on Plays2Play.com – It’s a fun dating activity for intellectual entertainment that will turn a few minutes into a enjoyable shared experience. There are suggestions for additional enjoyment and questions to get to know one another.

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  20. Ria

    Omg thanks!! My girlfriend and i are both underage and im still dealing with the restrictions that come with a JOL liscence, so a few of these are definitely not an option, but honestly a lot of them are actually really good still. We’ve been going out for a year and a half and im the one in charge of planning dates and i never have any clue what to do. We typically just end up in a state park or cinema.

  21. Andrew Kraemer

    #4 and #38 are my partner and I’s go-to. Since we’re both trying to get in better shape, a Friday night workout is really fun or if we want to be more social, fun classes are great. We just did a cocktail class where we learned about the history of Tiki drinks and got to try them. It was a great day!

    Good ideas,

  22. Jennifer Miller

    My boss set up a team building activity for this summer. I’d never done an escape room, so I wasn’t sure what I was in for. The hosts were great though. They explained how we had to ‘escape’ by stopping a timer. While I thought being put in 1 room for an hour would be dull, it was actually a lot of fun. There were a ton of puzzles that we solved to open the timer box and win. I thought it was going to be another dull dinner, but instead it was a ton of fun. I already booked another for my friends to show them how much fun it is!

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      HAHAHA Thank you for the tip, Harry. ;) The list is meant as inspiration. We can all come up with a list of free or cheap plans to socialize and have fun.
      That list will often change from time to time.

  23. Jaimie

    Go to your closest center city (Philadelphia is mine) and fountain jump. Philly has many fountains in a small area and they are on at night. I have done it with my daughter and it made the best memories. I can imagine doing it on a date would be super romantic. Dry eachother off and be wrapped in a towel together after getting wet.

  24. Samantha

    Also add “date on a hill-top on the super-moon night”. Trust me, it was the most romantic experience I have ever had, a quite and bright night – just two of us and above the whole world. We were far away from the city hectic rush.

  25. Anna

    I’ve just thought of a new idea we are trying. Tonight we are headed to a thrift store to buy each other a complete outfit (minus the underwear). I’ll be buying for my hubby and he’ll buy one for me. Then we will wear them out on our next date after they have have washed… no complaining.

  26. leona

    My boyfriend and I like to see who can make 5$ last the longest playing penny slots at the casino! Plus free soda means we don’t have to pay for drinks! and he plays basketball a lot and I gamble for his hoops, most of the time I loss – LoL

    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Hi Leona. That sounds fun and a great strategy for saving: setting a limit in spending before an activity.
      Are you in our Spending Fasters Facebook group?! We share tips all the time!! Here’s the link: SpendingFastersGroup.com


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