17 Inexpensive & Good Date Night Ideas

Looking for what to do for a date night can be challenging. For many couples their options could be doing something that they’ve done before for the past several months already. Or perhaps there is something new and exciting, but it’s outside of you and your significant other’s budget.

Whatever the case is, date nights are important for any couple no matter the age, and it’s important to think in a creative way. With this in mind, here are some really good and fun ideas that are also surprisingly cheap to do.


Backyard, Living Room, Or Outdoor Picnics

This is an activity that you can do in any season. Too cold or wet outside? Have a picnic indoors. A nice day out but there’s no good spots? Go to your backyard or find a nice place nearby.

Also, we’d encourage you to make it as authentic as possible. This means to not just warm up leftovers and have it all out on the patio or in the living room. Prepare sandwiches, cold salads, cheeses and fruits. Get a blanket and lay on it. It’s a lot of fun and breaks the usual routine.

On the other hand, if there are good spots or a park nearby, you can always go for a picnic there. Should the opportunity arise, this is always a good activity that is friendly to your wallet and is romantic.



Window Shopping Or Shopping In Bookstores & Pet Shops

An idle activity that can be a good pause from the hectic lives that we lead. It’s an opportunity to spend some quality time with your partner. While looking at the various items around stores, you can talk about all kinds of things.

Talk about life, tell some funny stories or how your week is going. The only cost to you is the money to transport yourself to the closest shopping area and maybe a little extra for your local coffee shop. We’d also recommend doing this while you are full, so you don’t feel tempted to buy extra food.

Some other places we’d recommend checking out are bookstores and/or pet stores. They sound unusual, but hear us out on that.

Bookstores are pretty solid options, as books provide many great experiences. It’s one of those under-appreciated places that has many wonders to it if you give it a chance.

Alternatively, pet stores are pretty good as well. The animals in there are adorable or interesting and are good to look at. Just have some self-control so you don’t end up leaving the store with a bunch of animals. This also applies to animal shelters as well. Those animals in particular could use some love and of course the extra attention too.



Go For Walks Or Hikes

On the same vein as window shopping, going for a casual walk together can be good as well. If you’re living in an area with trails or plenty of sidewalks, this is a good opportunity to get some exercise in.

Of course, what would be better is going for walks around nature preserved areas, lakes, or parks. Or if walking is part of your routine, you can mix it up by going to a place you haven’t been before.

For those who want more challenges, you can also consider hiking as well. A hike is a different form of walking, as this one is at a higher intensity. Should you have a trail that can provide that, do it.



Visit A Museum

While at most cases you’ll end up spending money at museums, there are free museums or exhibits that you can check out. Be sure to visit your local museum’s website for more details on pricing, but also the events. Who knows they may have free admissions or you may be able to get coupons that give you discounts on specific days.

Either way, this is an opportunity to learn something new and experience it with someone you love.



Look At Older Pictures

We may not be keeping around photo albums any more, but there is still something to be said about looking back at old photos. During those times, it freezes moments that could spark conversations.

And while you think this only applies to couples who have been together for a long time, that’s not always the case. You can always show other pictures that tell stories about your life. Nevertheless, these are all opportunities to learn about your partner.