20 Of The Best Cheap Date Ideas For Couples On Any Budget

Dating doesn’t have to be expensive.  These cheap date ideas for couples are a perfect way to have fun together on a budget!  These ideas are a great way to show you love without breaking the bank. After all, showing someone you care is really from your heart not from your pocketbook.




Loving to save money has nothing to do with your income.  Whether you are paying off debt or just frugally minded like me, these cheap date ideas will make your heartbeat while keeping your money where you want it.

We save money year-round.  But I love to save money on holidays too so these would make great ideas for a budget date for any holiday or anniversary!

Good Cheap Date Ideas for Couples On a Budget

Play in the snow, build a snowman, then drink cocoa

Do an inside or outside picnic

Movie Theme night

Do a movie night with a theme. Perhaps you would both like to watch a series together or movies from the year you met. You could also re-create your first movie date together by renting the movie you saw, getting the same candy or treats you ate and if you can remember, wear something similar to what you wore.

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

Create a spa in-home.

Buy some massage oil and face masks. Set up a foot soak with Epsom salt and essential oils. Give each other TLC and enjoy treating each other right. Doing the massage by candle-light makes it even more romantic.

Work out together

Lunch Date

If you really want to go out for a meal, make it a lunch date. Lunches tend to be just as big as dinners without the heavy ticket price. Alternatively, you could make a meal at home and go out for dessert and gourmet coffee.

Cute Cheap Date Ideas

Dates don’t have to be cheesy to be frugal.  These are some super cute cheap date ideas that will be fun without the cheese.

Do a fun winter photo session. (one of my favorite cheap date ideas)

Just grab your camera, dress up in nice clothes and hit up some beautiful spots in your area. Have fun taking pictures of each other and go home and edit them.

Fly kites!

Video Game Throw-Back

Take it back to your childhood and spend your day having a video-game fest. Break out the snacks (kiddie themed if possible!) and lounge around in your PJs. If you really want to take yourself back get one of these vintage video game systems to play on!

Test drive an expensive car

Have fun shopping together.

This may seem expensive, but if you do it at a thrift store, it doesn’t have to be. This jazzes up your cheap date ideas by doing a double date with another couple.  Split up and pick out wacky outfits for each other to try on. Buy each other one small and unique gift. Take pictures to remember the fun you had.

Go Fishing

Learn to cook together.

Many adult education centers or high-end grocery stores offer cooking classes that are less than $30 for a couple. What a great Cheap Date Idea! You not only get a new skill and some fun together but dinner as well. Just inquire about the dates of the classes and have fun making something together.

Where can I go for a fun date?

While you don’t always have to go out on the town to have fun, there are some really unique dates that can be done outside of the house that are so much fun to do! Here are some ideas that you may have near you that you didn’t think of!

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

Go ice skating.

It gives you a chance to work together on your feet and the best part is spending a cozy evening afterward warming up. Make some hot cocoa to end your day with. Most rinks allow renting for as little as $3 for the day for skates.

Go to the neighborhood pool on a budget date

Take a tour of a factory

This may sound lame, but you would be amazed at how fun it can be and most factories offer free tours with free samples at the end. Try a chocolate factory for extra fun.

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

Take a Cheap Tour Of your city

If you can’t afford to take a weekend trip or even a day trip, be a tourist in your own city. Go to the free tourist traps. Try the local area shops and window shop. Most of all, keep an open mind and act like everything is all new to you. Make sure to take along your camera so you can capture your “trip”.

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

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