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Are you getting ready for a first or second or maybe it’s your 30th date? Dates and relationships can get monotonous as time progress unless you keep the excitement alive. The best way to keep the excitement alive? Be creative! The dollars in your bank account should not be a limitation to the quality of
Here are 80 Affordable Date Ideas for Couples
1. Cook or bake together
Make his and hers favorite meals and eat together. Bonus point if both of you go without using your phone while eating. Instead of scrolling through Insta for the fiftieth time, you can ask questions and get to learn more about each other — IRL!
2. Do something for each other
Is there something your partner has been wanting to do but hasn’t had the time to do? Do it for him/her. This is simple but a practical way to love on each other. It’s the little things that matter most.
3. Have a game night
4. Make a homemade pizza and watch a movie
Why opt for pizza from a restaurant when you can make them yourself at home for a fraction of the price? Buy premade pizza dough, mozzarella cheese and other toppings you like to add. Pop it in the oven and watch your favorite rom-com movie.
5. Fill out an activity book
Let’s be real, when you’ve been in a relationship for a long time there are times you just don’t know what to talk about. Here is this activity book that you can do together and learn more about each other.
6. Create a keepsake
Want to create something that’s specifically for you and your partner? Here is a molding kit to create keepsake hands.
7. Build a fort
Remember when you were little and you built forts? This couple built an amazing fort and made a special date night.
8. Have a pamper day
9. Do puzzles together
Go to the dollar store and grab puzzles. If you want to make it even more special is if you have a personalized puzzle!
10. Make breakfast in bed
What better way to start off the day with someone than making food first thing in the morning? It doesn’t necessarily need to be in the morning, it could be any time of the day 😉
11. Create a vision board together
This would be so much fun to do, in my opinion! Creating a vision board is a great way to not only be creative, but also visualize your future together.
12. Create a time capsule box
This is a really cute idea to do especially if you’re married. All you need is a box and you can start putting love notes, keepsakes, photographs, and anything you’d like to add. Seal it up and open it in 10 years or any date you choose.
13. Do some crafts
Get creative and make crafts together like candle making. You can use it around the house on your next date night!
14. Chocolate tasting night
Buy a few chocolates and examine each based on your senses (look, feel, taste, smell
15. Have a water balloon fight in your backyard
Fill up those water balloons and throw them at each other. See who gets the most throws.
16. Wine and cheese night
Check out your local cheese shop or aisle at your grocery store to try out new types of cheeses. There are many different cheeses available other than Swiss and cheddar. Try them out!
17. Make s’mores in your backyard
Who doesn’t love s’mores?
18. Watch the sunrise or sunset
One time my husband woke me up at 4am to watch the sunrise. I was cranky at first but seeing the sunrise was spectacular. The plan: wake up at 4 am, drive an hour, hike and go make it someplace with a sunrise view. One of the best views is in the Marin Headlands, which has a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco like no other.
19. Go on a picnic
20. Go on a tour around your city
If you live in a city or near one, try one of those tours to get to know your city better. There is always something to learn even if you’ve lived there your whole life.
21. Grab a blanket and go stargazing
Explore the night sky by stargazing with your boyfriend or girlfriend. Try out the app StarTracker.
22. Beach bonfire
Get cozy by the fire at the beach. Make sure you check the city/state rules before starting a bonfire.
23. Plant a seed
Buy a packet full of seeds and grow a plant or tree. Watch it grow as your relationship flourishes. Have fun by picking plants that symbolize each of you.
24. Go camping
Plan a night or two to be outdoors and be one with the nature and your partner. This would be a great time to get away, relax and go tech-free.
25. Go for a scenic drive
Talking is better when there’s a view. Drive along the beach or through the woods.
26. Fly a kite
Try to go to the beach or somewhere where there’s not a lot of power lines to get the best shot at flying a kite successfully.
27. Go to a zoo or aquarium
See the wild animals or sea creatures and learn more about them. You’ll learn a lot from your partner by asking about his or her spirit animal.
Discover the hidden gems around your town. You never know what you’ll find!
29. Tubing in the river or snow
Go down the river in a tube or down the snow. This would be so much fun! Be careful though, it can be dangerous! Perform at your own risk.
30. Visit a botanical garden
This is simple but very romantic. Think of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks at the end of You’ve Got Mail! If you haven’t seen it here’s the clip. Note: this is a spoiler if you haven’t seen it.
31. Research birds and bird watch
Find out the different species live in your area and go bird watching. Bring a camera and a pair of binoculars and see if you can take any good photos.
Grab your shoes and hike up a hill or mountain to a nearby park. Don’t forget to put on sunscreen and drink plenty of water!
33. Kayaking or canoeing
Hit the waters and go kayaking or canoeing. Bring Dramamine just in case!
34. Paddle boarding
Paddle boarding is a lot of fun! You just have to be careful and balance yourself. See who can last longest without falling.
35. Boat ride
Going on a boat ride is super romantic. Just make sure you don’t hit an iceberg!
36. Rollerblade or skateboard
If going in the water or nature isn’t your thing, hit up the pavement and rollerblade around town. Let the inner kid let loose!
37. Bike ride
Bike around town instead of driving. Give tandem bike a try!
38. Join a recreational team and play together
If you have a common interest in sports, why not join a team and play together?
39. Ride ATVs
Depending on your location, riding an ATV would be a fun and adventurous date to remember!
40. Run a race
If you’re a runner, run a 5k race together. David and I ran a half marathon last year and we both encouraged each other throughout the course. Running may be an individual sport, but two is better than one.
TAKE A CLASS
41. Cooking class
Learn to create a dish that you can remake or be adventurous and learn an exotic dish!
42. Self-defense or boxing class
My husband and I tried a Jujitsu class and it was tons of fun. This would be a valuable class to learn.
43. Art and wine
Exercise your creativity and paint one of the masterpieces or a landscape! How much better when wine is involved!
Time to relax and let your partner learn how to massage you and vice versa. Why pay someone when you can have your husband/boyfriend massage you? Or get a couples massage – both of you can relax and enjoy time together without having to work hard.
45. Dance class
Let loose and learn how to dance. There are so many to choose from such as ballroom, foxtrot, salsa, hip hop and so much more!
It’s scary to take improv, I know because I’ve been there! But it can really be fun and you can learn tools to use when interacting with other people! Yes… and … !
Cue the scene from Ghost with Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze’s? Need I say more?
48. Go to a drive in movie theater
Watch a movie in the privacy of your own car! You can even bring your own snacks.
49. Farmer’s market
You can make going to the farmer’s market into an alphabet scavenger hunt. Simply start finding out that starts with the alphabet.
50. Visit flea market or antique store and find gems
Check out some treasures at the flea market or antique stores. You may even find your next table or lamp. Don’t forget to bring cash!
51. Walk to a bakery and split a dessert
Find a local bakery store and buy a dessert to enjoy for you and your partner.
52. Play games at the arcade
Let your relive your inner kid’s dreams and head to the arcade. Have fun together!
53. Have a photo session
Purchase a JC Penney’s Photo session on Groupon and do something ultra cheesy like 80’s or cowboy theme. Or you can simply take photos with your phone.
54. Wine tasting
Head to a winery and try different wines. Ask the server how they pair the wine with cheeses.
55. Go to a library
Not only are there books you can borrow but there are other benefits to going to the library such as movies, magazines, classes and others. Check your local library for the whole list of what they offer.
Do you like to sing? Does he like to sing? Why not head to karaoke? Even if either of you
57. Volunteer together
Check out some volunteer opportunities in your area and see how you can help out. Side effects: It will leave you feeling really good after. Other options: make food at home, put them in disposable containers and give them to homeless people. It’s a good way to feel good about yourself and doing something for the community without having to spend cash. Plus you help someone directly.
58. Go kart
Did you know there are ways to make your go kart go faster? Here are tips and tricks you can use when you go go-kart racing!
59. Visit historical sites around your area
Even if you’re not a history fanatic, visiting historical sites is a way to learn more about your area.
60. Go window shopping
Walk around the mall and see the latest fashion or home trends without buying a single item! You can even people watch after you’re done.
61. Attend a book or poetry reading
Do you have a favorite author that you absolutely love? Check out if they’re in your town for a book reading. Or check out local writers who are doing book/poetry reading around your town.
62. Test drive your favorite car
Have you heard of Getaround? You can try out your different cars around your block! There are some pretty awesome cars available like Tesla, Mini Cooper and Fiats. (Getaround may only be available in major cities right now, but check other alternatives in your city).
63. Play Frisbee
Grab your frisbee and go to the park with your partner. Here are 15+ Best Frisbee Games you can try.
64. Play bingo at a community center
Most of the players maybe older when playing bingo at community centers, but you have a chance to win! How great is that?
66. Comedy show or poetry reading
Have an instant mood lifter by heading to a comedy show. Check the performer’s style beforehand to make sure they don’t have any content that may offend your partner.
67. Build a snowman
If you’re in the area where it snows, be creative and build a snowman or a fort!
68. Take a ferry ride
Ferry rides are fun and relaxing alternative to driving. Whenever I’m in the Bay Area, I always prefer riding the ferry than driving to San Francisco. In Los Angeles, take the Ferry to Catalina and have fun zip lining and eating there.
69. Attend your favorite show’s taping
This may only apply to people who live or are visiting LA. Check when your favorite show is taping, if you are nearby. In Culver City, Sony has Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune tapings often, but there are many other options like Minute to Win It or Beastmaster. Most of them are free, but you have to reserve tickets online and find out where they are. There are so many live shows these days, both of you should be able to pick a reality show to attend and make it a reality.
70. Visit a comic bookstore
Comic book stores are so much fun! Especially since you can check comics that are now made into movies like Marvel stories.
71. Laser tag
Laser tag with your partner and your friends is a great way to let your competitive side come out in a fun atmosphere.
Bowling is another way you can be competitive with other couples. Remember, it’s not about winning, it’s about having fun!
73. Escape room
This one is great because you can work as a team with your other friends. See how you mesh together under pressure. You’ll either bond and become closer, or find some red flags that you didn’t know about before.
74. Ice skating
Picture holding hands while ice skating… isn’t it romantic?
Ready to putt? Get to know other players and your partner while playing mini golf.
Grab some popcorn and your favorite candies while watching a Rom-Com or a scary movie.
77. Pool party
Chill and relax by the pool with your friends and your partner. Buy hotdogs or do potluck style for snacks.
78. Adult scavenger hunt
79. Attend a free concert
80. Watch a local sports event
If you’re both sports fanatics, scout out some local sports events at high schools or college. You never know, the next Michael Jordan might be playing at your local college team!
81. Play billiards and play darts
Order up some beer and amp up the competition between dates when playing billiards and darts. If the bar scene is not your thing, go to a game center and play air hockey.
82. Food festival, food trucks, or street fair
There are many food festivals including Garlic Festival, Spam, and Omelette. Walk around and grab a few bites. Food truck gatherings are fun to walk around and you can learn about their opinions on a lot of different foods really quickly, and finally settle on either one truck you both agree
83. Trivia night
Test out your knowledge by heading to a trivia night with your date and a group. This is will alleviate pressure on your date, maybe not from your team! Don’t worry if you don’t know any of the answers (or if he doesn’t either), trivia is meant to be hard.
84. Go to a theme park
Theme park is a great option for dates because it has a way to make you feel relaxed, so many activities and rides available to do, and a great way to know about your date and their favorite rides!
85. Pick fruits or vegetables at farms
Did you know there are amazing farms around you that will allow
I hope that this list has helped you come up with an idea or ideas for your future dates. Other ways you can save or find ideas is to check offerings on Groupon or Airbnb experience!
If I missed any, what other creative ways to have an affordable date? Comment below!
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