10 Cheap Date Ideas – Save Money without Sacrificing Romance

by Ryan Guina

I went to California this past week. My wife and I are both frugal by nature. We just don’t spend a lot of money unless it is planned or we have good reason. But that doesn’t mean we don’t like to have fun. All you need is a little creativity to have a good time. Here is a quick way to earn up to $250 free money just by opening up a new Chase Free Checking account! That could help out with your date night budget for a while!

10 Cheap Date Ideas

Surprise your special someone with a card – just because. Everyone gets cards for birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and an assortment of “Hallmark Holidays.” But it doesn’t have to be a holiday to give someone a card. Sometimes a nice little card says a lot to the person you give it to.

Buy flowers for no reason. Just like the card idea, giving flowers to your special someone can be a great surprise. Spend $10. It’s worth it.

Pack a picnic lunch. Go for a hike at the local state park, walk on the beach, or go to the neighborhood park. Or even better, pack a picnic lunch and eat it on your living room floor next to the fireplace.

Banana split night. Come home from work with a bunch of fresh bananas, a pint or two of vanilla bean ice cream, whipped cream, and various toppings. Making and eating banana sundaes can be incredibly fun. 🙂

Dress up for dinner at home. Men, wear a shirt and tie (jacket if you have one), and ladies, put on a nice dress or gown and some jewelry. You can make a fancy meal and drink a nice bottle of wine, or you can have a pizza delivered and drink a cold beer. The point isn’t what you eat, it’s spending time together. You get to play dress up and enjoy each other’s company – without spending $100 or more for dinner.

Lose power for a night. A couple months ago the high winds from Hurricane Ike knocked out our power. That night my wife and I had a nice dinner by candlelight, then laid on the floor together and read books by candlelight. It was incredibly romantic and peaceful to enjoy each other’s company and not to have the TV or computer on all night. I wouldn’t mind losing power a little more often. 🙂

Go local. Even small towns have events year round. Check out your local paper or City of Commerce web page. Be on the lookout for cultural events, high school musicals and sporting events, parks and recreational activities, guest speakers, and more.

Go for a drive. My wife and I live in a scenic area and it’s nice to get out and take a drive every once and awhile and enjoy the changing seasons. In my opinion each season has somehting beautiful to offer, and it’s nice to see the countryside with the person you love.

Go stargazing or cloud watching. Take a few moments on a nice evening and go stargazing, or lie on your back and watch the clouds go by. It’s a peaceful way of spending some time with the person you love.

Published or updated June 14, 2016.
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1 Ramona

As years pass by we find ourselves more interested in spending time together and enjoying each other’s company, than spending money on all kinds of stuff that would probably make others happy. Our best date idea is spending time together, just like that 🙂


2 Levi H.

It is interesting how we sometimes need a disruptive event like the power going out before we realize how disconnected we are from each other. The reality is that being on our computer all day is practically the same thing as being on the phone all day long; we are having a conversation with someone else instead of the person right next to us.


3 Valerie

Such great ideas, Ryan! I tend to prefer simple dates instead of over the top, elaborate ones. I find drives so relaxing, and it’s a great way to know someone better…even if you’ve been married for years! Sometimes, my husband and I like to just sit on a bench and people watch. 🙂


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