Do you struggle to think of date ideas that aren’t expensive? Many popular date ideas can be quite expensive, such as going out to the cinema or out for a meal. However there are lots of cheap and fun dates that you and partner can do, like having a cook-off or watching the sun set together.
Check out 15 frugal or free date ideas that you can do with your partner.
1. Take a free class.
Taking a class with your partner is a fun way to do something new together without spending any money. There are lots of classes that offer the first lesson for free, so check out what your area has to offer. Popular options are fitness classes and cooking classes.
2. Have a D-I-Y photo-shoot.
Set up a tripod (or simply balance your phone on a flat surface) and have fun being silly together while taking pictures. You can use props from around your house to make sure you end up with some unforgettable pictures.
3. Watch the sun rise or set together.
This date is totally free and a great way to experience the beauty of nature together. Pack a blanket and a thermos to make sure the evening or morning is cosy and romantic.
4. Make a time capsule.
One of the most fun date ideas is to make a time capsule together. Gather together all of the romantic memorabilia from your relationship, such as train tickets, pictures and notes—and don’t forget to include a note for the person who finds the time capsule!
5. Throw a 90s board game night.
What were your favorite board games as a child? Check out your attic and basement and bring out all of your old board games for a fun, throw-back game night.
6. Have a slumber party.
One of the most romantic date ideas is to have a slumber party with your partner. Bring your duvets and pillows into your living and set up for a night of cosy fun. Fairy lights, snacks and movies will help you to make this the perfect date.
7. Create a bucket list together.
Sit down with your partner and write down all of the things you want to do together, from going on holiday to taking a salsa class together. Doing this will even help you to plan future date ideas!
8. Have a cook-off.
Have a cook-off with your partner using only things you already have in the fridge. One of you can make the main course, and one of you can make the starter—and the winner gets to boast all night!
9. Go for a breakfast picnic.
One of the most romantic times to go for a picnic is during the morning. The park will be quiet, the sun will be bright and you can bring all of your favorite morning snacks and a Thermos of coffee.
10. Have a spa night.
This is one of the most relaxing date ideas that you can do for free. Run a bubble bath for you both with candles, and then give each other oil massages and scrubs. You can even do manicures and pedicures if your both feel skilled enough!
11. Go to the library together.
Visit your local library together and show each other your favorite childhood books. Talk about why you love them, and which books you never liked. This is a great way to strengthen your bond with your partner.
12. Have a movie marathon.
Make some popcorn and settle on the sofa with your partner for a relaxing date night. Some movies are made for movie marathons, such as trilogies, comedies and animated films.
13. Have a karaoke night.
A karaoke night with your partner is a great way to have some fun together without being too serious. Try choosing songs for each other to guarantee a silly evening!
14. Take a walk through nature.
Going for a walk somewhere beautiful has always been one of the most popular date ideas. Check out the nature in your local area—many beaches, woods, forests and rivers are all stunning and free to visit. This is a great way to connect with nature while relaxing and making memories.
15. Play strip scrabble.
The rules to strip scrabble are pretty simple; whoever scores the lowest word each round has to take off an item of clothing. The winner can make any request to the loser, and they must do it—let the date night begin!