Dating is fun and important to help maintain a healthy relationship for new or long-term couples. I’ve been guilty of forgetting this important fact. I’ve spent many a night lay on the sofa, in a zombie state with my partner next to me, rarely acknowledging there is actually another person in the room. I would class that as our time as but it was miles away from actually spending quality time together. One of my biggest excuses was that I couldn’t afford it. Watching television together is a great way to spend time but not all the time. Add a few of these ideas in to break it up a bit. So I’ve created this list of cheap date ideas. Over the years I’ve found the cheap date ideas have been the most special and memorable too.
1. Go to the Beach
Take your swimsuit or wrap up warm. There are a huge array of things to do at a beach from, a walk along the shore, collecting shells/stones, swimming, picnicking or enjoying a good old fish n chips.
2. Visit a Museum
Take to Google to do some research for your local area but there are a lot of cheap options out there to be found.
3. Play in the Snow
There is nothing like going back to your childhood and making a snowman or igloo. Then go and have a hot chocolate with marshmallows. Yum!
4. Work out together
We all know when you exercise your body releases chemicals called endorphins which trigger a positive feeling in the body. Spending time with your partner and getting your weekly workout in. Win Win.
5. Bake something together
It could be cookies, cupcakes or a full 3-tier cake, work together as a team and then sit back and enjoy the treats you’ve made.
You can volunteer at a large array of places from, walking dogs at dog shelters to being a volunteer at a charity shop. Acts of generosity increase well-being and happiness so take your date along and feel that together. Do-it have loads of volunteer opportunities available.
Find an area to put a blanket down and look up at the stars together. Super romantic and completely free. I’ve done this on top of a hill in the middle of a field.
8. Go Canoeing
Look in your local area and rent the equipment you need to save money. Then you can choose a wide array of idyllic routes to go on through your town, city or village.
9. Have your friends over and play Boardgames
There are so many board games available from, Monopoly to Guess Who, invite your friends over and make an evening of it.
10. Go Carbooting
You can either stroll around together or arrange a set amount of money and see who can get the best bargains. I love a good friendly competition.
11. Go to a coffee shop and read together
You can bring whatever books you’re reading at the moment and every so often fill each other in on what it’s about. Alternatively, you can both read the same book and discuss your options about it. Either way, it will be a fun date and while your there you can enjoy and hot chocolate and a muffin.
12. Face Masks
Do face masks and even put those cute cucumber slices over your eyes, lay down and relax together.
13. Go Swimming
Check out your local leisure centre for great affordable prices. You spend time in the pool and if possible, jump into the hot tub and relax.
14. Teach each other something
You’ll probably know something your partner doesn’t and they probably know how to do something you don’t. This is a great opportunity to spend time together and learn something new.
15. A Ferry Trip
Go on a long day trip or try a short round-trip ride and enjoy the change of scenery. You can take a picnic and enjoy it in the fresh air.
16. Make a time capsule
Add in some photos of you together, any tickets from special days out and write each other a letter (no reading till you open it). Then decide a date that you’re both going to open it together.
18. Go to trivia night at a bar
Is not just a cheap date but you might even win something and possibly make some new friends too.
19. Take online quizzes together
This is an easy way to get inspiration for a load of random questions and a great way to find out a load of random things about your partner.
20. Paint a room together
You spend time together painting a room. I’m halfway through decorating my home office at the moment as I write this post and it’s actually been fun. I’m great at cutting in so that’s been my job, cutting in the ceiling, walls and skirting board while he paints the ceiling and walls. Teamwork at its best!
More Ideas coming… But I’ve gotta finish up decorating my office 🙂
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