15 Great Dates on a Budget
Dating can be expensive. Going out to dinner or seeing a movie can add up if those are the only dates you go on. To keep costs to a minimum, it’s good to have a list of date ideas at your fingertips that won’t hurt your wallet—especially if you’re a single parent and need to save wherever you can.
For a large portion of these dates, you’ll be able to bring your kids along with you! Of course, there are some for just you and your partner, too. In this article, you’ll find ideas that are a mixture of both.
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15 Great Dates on a Budget
- Walk in the Park
One of the easiest ways to spend time with your partner on a budget is to go to a park. Travel around your town and find a big park to explore. You can either make this one romantic or family-friendly. If you want to make it more romantic, go in the evening when the sun starts to set. For a fun day out with your date and kids, go in the afternoon and bring some frisbees.
- Movie Night
Do you want to go to the movies with your date but don’t want to pay for the tickets and snacks? Have a movie night at home! Have your date bring over their favorite movie and snack, and pick out your favorites, too. Get comfy in your pajamas and camp out on the couch. You can have your kids join you, or save this date for you and your partner. Either way, you’ll have a great night with your partner with practically no cost to you.
- Get Cultured
Most museums do have costly admission fees, but there are always days with free admission. Figure out when these days are and bring along your date! It’s always good to experience some art work, ancient artifacts, or a mixture of both. What could be better than spending a day with your partner in a museum? You could bring along your kids to this one, but if you plan on visiting a museum that has mostly paintings, you might want to leave them at home.
- Candle-Lit Picnic
This one you should save for you and your date. Before it gets dark outside, pack a basket full of food and champagne. When the stars start to come out, find a quiet place outside to have your picnic. Bring along some small candles to light and enjoy your meal and champagne under the stars.
- Go Bowling
Here’s another family-friendly one. If you’re looking for a fun activity that doesn’t break the bank, going bowling can be a great option. Some bowling alleys can get a little pricey, but there are always special deals going on. You can also find coupons on Groupon if you want to load up on snacks while you’re there. Make two teams and have you and your partner be the captains. See who’s the ultimate bowling champion!
- Watch the Sunset or Sunrise
For another romantic date for you and your partner without the kids, take the time to watch a sunset or sunrise together. Find a quiet place to watch the sky change colors and just talk with each other. If you’re watching a sunrise, bring along some coffee and a blanket. For a sunset, have some wine and small snacks. No matter which one you decide to watch, you’ll have a lovely time with your date.
- Play Board Games
Board games are a great way to have fun on a budget. Dust off some of your favorite board games from when you were a kid and spend an evening competing against your date for ultimate bragging rights. You can include your kids in this one, too. Spending time away from technology can do wonders for the quality of your time together, so this one is perfect if you find it difficult to unplug when you’re on a date or spending time with your kids.
- Go Play Mini Golf
Mini golf gets you up and moving without breaking the bank. Again, you can bring your kids along to this one, or keep it for you and your date. Mini golf gets you out of the house while still keeping costs to a minimum. Find a mini golf place in your area and see who’s the better mini golfer between you and your partner.
- Grab Some Coffee
While this date is a simple one, it’s a wonderful way to spend a chill morning with your partner. Local coffee shops are great to test out, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you could even go on a tour of all of your town’s coffeehouses. But you can stick to one if you’d rather sip your coffee and chat about your day with your date before you both head off to work. It’s simple, but time well spent.
- Make a Bonfire
You may need to go out of your way to do this date if you live in the city, but if you have a backyard, then making a bonfire with your partner is a great way to spend an evening. Get some marshmallows or hot dogs and spend the night eating yummy camp food. Start telling spooky stories if you have any, or your camp stories from when you were a kid. Get your kids involved too! They’ll love to spend the night eating roasted marshmallows.
- Go To the Library
How long has it been since you’ve gone to the library and checked out books? Make a day of it with your date by making a vow to check out at least one book for yourself and for your partner. Pick out something you’ve never read before, or that your partner has never read, and expand your interests. It’ll be fun to see what you pick out for one another. You can also bring along your kids, or pick out books for them and bring them home. Either way, they’ll be reading!
- Play Around in a Thrift Store
You don’t have to buy anything in a thrift store to have a fun time. Search around different stores and try to find the craziest item in each shop. When you’ve found them, share it with your date and compare. Whoever finds the strangest object gets to have coffee on the other. It’s a great way to spend the day!
If you’re feeling generous, find some places that need volunteers and sign up with your partner and kids. You’ll feel great for helping out others, and you’ll spend some quality time with your date and kids. Plus, your kids will learn some valuable lessons about caring for others and helping out whenever and wherever you can to make the world a better place.
- Make Dinner at Home
Going out to dinner really breaks the bank. Instead of going to a restaurant, make dinner at home with your date! Plan out some appetizers, a main course, and dessert, then get the ingredients together and start cooking. You’ll get to have a wonderful meal you wouldn’t normally eat, and save a ton of money in the process. It’s a win-win.
- Go Bike Riding
Finally, spending the day with your date going for a bike ride around your city makes for a fun afternoon. You can either use your own bikes or rent a tandem bicycle. Bring your kids along for the ride, too. It’s a great way to get in some exercise while spending quality time with your partner. Plus, being in nature always boosts the romance level.
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15 Great Dates on a Budget