Need some date inspiration? Try these 228 cheap or free date ideas today!
In our daily lives, it can be hard to give our marriages the attention they need.
Whether it’s because we have children at home, or are super busy at work, our marriages often miss out on the care and attention they need to thrive.
And then there’s the social expectation which says that for a date to be good, it needs to be expensive. When you’re watching your budget- whether it’s because you’re saving intentionally or just not wanting to fall victim to lifestyle inflation or other financial mindsets that ultimately don’t serve you – this can be a turn off.
So here I have for you a super amazing resource of not 10, not 20, but 228 cheap or free date ideas that are also heaps of fun – brought to you by some of our top bloggers!
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CHEAP OR FREE DATE IDEAS THAT ARE ALSO FUN!
Alexis from Fitnancials has 15 free ideas for you. I love the first one: Volunteer.
As she says, “Volunteering is a great way to get to know your date while giving back to the community. Visiting an animal shelter is always a great idea, but there are plenty of other volunteering opportunities to look into. VolunteerMatch.org is a website that gives you information on volunteer opportunities in your area.”
You can spend time together and do some good in the world! What’s not to love?
Alli from Dancing through the rain, shares 11 cheap date ideas for married and dating couples. She has one of the most fun ideas: a coin walk.
“This works best if you go downtown, or somewhere with a lot of sidewalks. Flip a coin to see which way you go, then when you reach the next crosswalk or corner, flip the coin again. Heads is right, Tails is left. Keep flipping until you’re lost – but not too lost – and then try to find the quickest way back to your car! As a bonus, stop by a food truck for a quick (and cheap!) treat!”
If you’re looking for some spontaneity and adventure, then this is a great idea!
Amy from Encouraging Moms at Home has five ways to keep date night on a budget. One that is both super practical and lots of fun is to have a standing Saturday morning breakfast date where you go out for breakfast at your favorite café and then head into town to run all those errands you didn’t get the chance to do during the week.
Brittany, from Equipping Godly Women, has an awesome list of 25 fun and frugal date ideas. Check out no. 19- her $5 Walmart Challenge. Each of you take $5 to Walmart and buy each other the best gift you can. You’ll have a blast seeing what the other comes up with and why.
If you’re looking for inexpensive dates, that also take place in the morning (seriously, my favorite time of day) you can’t go past Chelsea from Living the Sweet Wife’s 20 inexpensive morning dates for couples.
My top pick here would have to be breakfast in bed! Chelsea says, “Make sure you decide ahead of time who’s doing the breakfast-ing and who’s doing the bed-ing. Unless you guys decide to share the duties and then get in bed and pretend it was a surprise.”
Hayley from Healthy Living: Body and mind, has 20 ideas for date night on a budget.
Number 13 is Putt Putt Golf. As she says, “A little friendly competition on a date can be a lot of fun. Mini golf is typically inexpensive and is a lot of fun. It’s one of those perfect first date things to do.”
My husband and I have played mini golf a number of times and have always had a blast doing so. It’s also the kind of cheap date idea that’s perfect if you want to take along the kids or go out with another couple.
Lyndsey from Momma Fit Lyndsey has 10 cheap ideas for dates. My vote is for going for a run or a walk through a park together. As a runner, my husband and I have had some great times exploring new places by mapping out a route and heading off to explore. It also has the bonus of some quality exercise!
Over at I heart frugal, Sarah has 50 cute dates that are frugal or free. As a bookworm, the one that caught my eye was going to your local library for free events. I’ve enjoyed hearing poets, ukulele groups and visiting international authors over my time at my local library and enjoyed all of these at no cost.
Stacey from The Soccer Mom Blog shares her ideas for 52 inexpensive dates. My favorite would have to be to play on a playground. Just the other day my husband and I were talking about this, and I shared how much I loved to get on the swings as a child.
I also love her photo guessing game – where you take turns shooting extreme close-up shots of items around the house and guess what they are.
I’d add to this by including a points score and maybe some bedroom activities of the winner’ choice!
Finally, at Having Fun saving and cooking, Tracy has unique date night ideas for all budgets, and from this list at least 20 are either free or frugal. For something a little different, I think taking a cooking class together is a great idea. As she say, not only is it fun, “but the skills will be appreciated in the kitchen later.”
My husband and I did a cooking class when we visited Phuket in Thailand last year and I can wholeheartedly agree with what she says!
With these fun, free or frugal date ideas, you have no excuse to not grab your husband and make a commitment to a date today!
Do you have any cheap or free date ideas not mentioned here? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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