19 Ideas for Frugal Dates

Dating doesn’t have to be expensive.  Whether you are single and dating or married and wanting to spend special time with your spouse without spending a fortune, many activities are free or cheap.  Here are a few ideas:

  1. Pop some popcorn and spend the evening playing your favorite board or card game or watching a movie.  Check your library for any movie you would like to see.
  2. Pack a picnic and take a hike in a beautiful natural area. Take along cheese and wine to make it more romantic.
  3. Cook a meal at home together.  Get out the fancy tablecloth and light some candles to make it more special.picniccouple
  4. Visit historic buildings and sites in your area.  Most are very inexpensive or free.
  5. Go to a park and play a sport together.   Throw a Frisbee, softball, basketball or football. Play badminton or hacky sack.  Ride bikes or go swimming together.
  6. Visit local museums.  History museums, art museums, science museums…. Many have a free day once a week or once a month.
  7. Take dancing lessons together.  Many dance halls have free lessons on certain nights.
  8. Lie on a blanket outside after dark and watch the stars.  Try picking out different constellations.
  9. Fly a kite or if you are near a beach, build a sandcastle together.
  10. Attend a local street fair or festival.
  11. Take a tour of a local factory.  These tours are usually free and may include samples at the end.
  12. Put a puzzle together with at least 500 pieces.  Try to find one with a lot of variety in color.   The ones with 1000 yellow daisies get to be tiring quickly.
  13. Volunteer your services at a local charity.  Animal shelters, homeless shelters, and nursing homes are always looking for volunteers.
  14. Go to garage or estate sales on a Saturday morning.  Or thrift stores in the afternoon.  You never know what treasure you might find.
  15. Go to the zoo or circus.
  16. Go pick berries or other fruit at a farm.  Apples, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or pumpkins.  Or if you know of a public place where they grow wild…even better.
  17. Take a class together.   Many colleges offer inexpensive continuing-education classes.
  18. Play miniature golf or ride go-carts.
  19. Visit the local farmers’ market and walk amongst the exotic fruits and vegetables.

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