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This was touched upon briefly during my Valentine’s Day series, but I wanted to talk again about budget friendly date ideas. Why? Because it’s important to keep the romance going in your relationship.

And contrary to popular belief, you do not have to break the bank to impress. I don’t think you should have to either.. and I have never expected much. I don’t want all of that, anyway. Flowers die and I don’t really wear jewelry.

There are plenty of ways to show someone that you love them without spending money. Similarly, there are plenty of ways to go on a date without having to take out a small loan. Here are a few budget friendly date ideas to consider.

You do not need to drain your bank account to have a meaningful and memorable date. Here are a few budget friendly date night ideas to consider.

Dating used to be something that all couples looked forward to years ago. The dating ritual usually consisted of going out to eat and to a movie. In those times, the guy always paid for the date.

If you look back far enough, you’ll even learn about drive in movie theaters when admission covered an entire carload of people. So double dating was a big deal. The snack bar served cheap popcorn and other easy food such as hotdogs and French fries. It was easy to have a $10 to $15 date back then.

Now, that the number of drive in movie theaters have diminished greatly throughout the years, it’s not quite as easy to have a decent cheap date. Indoor movie theaters now charge such outrageous prices to get in and even worse prices to get simple snacks and a soda once inside.

What used to be a reasonably priced evening out is now easily $50 and up.

Daytime dates are a great example of a frugal date idea. Lunch is usually less expensive than dinner and most movie theaters offer matinee prices.

7 Budget Friendly Date Night Ideas

* Have a picnic in the park.


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Eating sandwiches together might not sound like a recipe for romance in any other setting, but packing a simple lunch and enjoying it in a beautiful natural setting can be a really special event. To make it even more special, make it a surprise.

Pack the picnic basket, sneak it into the car, and ask your partner to go for a ride without sharing the destination until you’re there.



* Check out free or low-cost concerts.

In the summer, many cities have a free concert series in the park. You might also find live music for cheap at your local civic center or at fundraisers. This is a great way to broaden your musical horizons together.

* Play miniature golf.

Mini golf courses can be found in any city and many smaller towns. It’s easy to play, even if you’ve never played real golf. And it may be better if you’re not a golf pro – the worse you and your partner are at it, the more laughs you’ll get!

* Visit an art gallery or museum.

Some offer free admission, and you can get into many others for just a few bucks per person. This makes a great date for those who are just getting to know one another, because it provides plenty for you to talk about.

* Check with the local college campus for events such as movie showings, plays and sporting events. Some events are free to the public. Others charge admission, but even if you don’t qualify for the student discount, it’s usually quite reasonable.

* Volunteer.

Find a common cause that you can both volunteer for. This is a great way to get to know each other better, and you also get a chance to help those who need the help. From visiting the elderly to the animal shelter, there are tons of opportunities for volunteering in just about every community.

* Sight seeing.

Get in the car and go for a ride around your area, looking at all of the sites as though you are a tourist. When you do this, you will see things in a whole new way. Learn about the architecture, or the history of various places.

If you really want to get into the role of a tourist, ask somebody for directions, even if you really know how to get there. Get caught up in the fun and enjoy the sites! You’ll be surprised at just how much you feel like you’re going off the beaten path.

Other ideas? Take advantage of your local community. Go to the park, a lake, or nearby beach.

As you can see, dating doesn’t have to be expensive.

The above ideas are just the start. Be yourself and be creative, and come up with a few ideas of your own. You really can have a great time and get to know each other without having to spend a lot of money. Whether you’re single, in a relationship, or married- dating doesn’t have to be expensive.

Keep it simple, keep it frugal.

What is your favorite frugal date night idea?



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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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8 years ago

Hi Kori, I’m here from Monday Madness.
These are all excellent date ideas. Thanks for sharing.

8 years ago

Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday! I am sharing your post on twitter today! Hope to see you next week for another great party!

Chelc | Inside the Fox Den
8 years ago

These are some great ideas! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, hope to see you again tomorrow night!

8 years ago

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