They say that money can’t buy you love, which is a good thing if you’re on a tight budget. Just because date night is supposed to be special doesn’t mean that you have to spend a fortune to make some memories. There are plenty of cheap date ideas out there! 

Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars on an expensive meal (or opting to stay at home in sweatpants and binge watch your latest Netflix obsession so you can save some money), find a happy medium with these dates that won’t break the bank:

Cheap Date Idea: Go to a Market

As the weather gets warmer, flea markets and farmers markets will start popping up all over the country. Pick out some delicious fruits and veggies to make an inexpensive local meal later that night, try on silly hats together, or sort through the antique treasures in the flea market stalls.

[How to Navigate a Farmers’ Market]

This is a great way to simply enjoy each other’s company while discovering new things you have in common (“You like cheese? I like cheese!”).

Cheap Date Idea: Bike Around the City

Many cities across the United States offer bike share programs, which means for just a couple bucks you and your date can see your city in a way you never have before. Hop on a bike and explore new neighborhoods, try a quirky cafe or check out a local festival.

[Get the Lowdown on Bike Sharing Programs]

Cheap Date Idea: Have Date Night at Home

If you really want to save some dough, there’s no cheaper option than having date night at home. Cook up your better half’s favorite meal, light some candles, put away your smartphones, and have an actual conversation.

After dinner, watch your favorite movie or give each other massages. For a more collaborative (and possibly even more romantic) evening, cook dinner together. You can even choose a culinary theme, such as “an evening in Italy,” and tailor your food, drink and movie choice to it.

Cheap Date Idea: Get in Touch With Your Agricultural Side

The two of you may not consider yourselves green-thumbed individuals, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in touch with your agricultural side. If you’re looking for an inexpensive date idea, go pick some fruit! Head to an apple orchard in the fall, and pick some berries in the spring and summer (you can even sneak a few samples while you do it).

Cheap Date Idea: Explore the Outdoors

If you and your significant other love spending time outdoors, then we have some great cheap date ideas for you! You can go hiking in a national park, drive out to a field and gaze at the stars, or train for a race together. You may even be able to find some cheap kayak or canoe rentals in your town.

Cheap Date Idea: Do a Scavenger Hunt

This date requires a little more thought and planning, but it’s well worth it. Organize a scavenger hunt for your significant other that takes them to all of your favorite spots as a couple (or maybe some new places you’ve been dying to check out!). If you think this sounds like it will require a bit too much organization, check out Stray Boots—it does the heavy lifting for you.


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