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Date Nights on the Cheap

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A night on the town with your significant other can be amazing, but it can also get expensive. If you’re on a budget, how can you show your partner a good time without breaking the bank? Catching dinner and a movie may be tempting, but there are many affordable ways have a wonderful time with your date. Remember, it’s not the price tag that makes dates memorable, but the quality of time you spend together. Here are some cheap ideas that don’t involve renting a dollar DVD or streaming movies online.

9. Be Creative

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Creativity comes in all shapes and forms. You don’t have to be a professional artist to enjoy drawing, painting or sculpting something unique. Just taking the time to sketch can be a fun activity that you share with your partner. Are either of you musically inclined? Pick up your instruments (or voice) of choice and make some beautiful music together. If one of you is musically inclined and the other is not, you can always incorporate a drum, tambourine or shaker so you both can be involved in the activity.

8. Go Ice Skating

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Take your partner to an outdoor skating rink in the winter, if you have one in your area. The ice rink is a romantic place with couples and friends riding around in circles under the evening sky. You can hold hands while you skate around and talk at the same time. This can be a bonding experience, even if one person is more experienced than the other. You can ride around the outside next to the edge of the rink and give your partner tips on how to navigate the icy terrain!

7. Take a Class

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Look out for community classes in your area for dancing, yoga, art, cooking or a number of other possibilities. As far as pricing goes, these classes can range on a scale from free on up to hundreds of dollars depending on the teacher and the topic. Dance classes allow you to work together with your partner towards a specific goal, and can be a good test of how well you collaborate. A drop-in yoga session will not only stretch your muscles, but leave you feeling good about the time you spend together.

6. Go for a Hike

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If you live in an area with a couple feet of snow on the ground in the dead of winter, this may not be the best option. A hike doesn’t necessarily have to be any more difficult than walking. Look for a trail guide for your area. If you and your partner are physically active, then an intermediate or advanced trail might be a good choice. For a more comfortable stroll, look for an easy trail. Throughout the hike, you can find several spots to sit, relax and enjoy the view!

5. Cook Together

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Most date nights involve dinner at some point during the course of the evening. For people looking to save money, choosing a greasy hole-in-the-wall or fast food joint isn’t the best option. For the same amount you spend on a cheap restaurant, you can buy healthy ingredients and cook a meal together. Making the cooking process a collaborative effort also works as a good bonding experience. Decide together what kind of meal you would like to prepare, assign tasks and activate your taste buds. When the meal is complete, enjoy the fruits of your labor together.

As a freelance writer, Kyle enjoys writing and editing diverse content for several businesses across the United States. Find Kyle on LinkedIn!

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