Whether it’s your first date or 100th, you should never stop dating your spouse. But planning a date that’s both inexpensive and unique can pose a challenge. In fact, according to USA Today, the average date night in California costs $226.35! If you’re not looking to spend hundreds on a date, try out some of these cheap date ideas. I’ve tried these with my husband, and some of them have turned into my favorite memories.
15 Unique And Cheap Date Ideas
High tea is a great opportunity to just relax and talk. Plus, I think it’s cute to go on afternoon dates. You can get a pot of tea to share, or look for deals on Groupon, which often include a pot of tea and a scone.
Depending on your area, this could be a one hour sunset cruise, a three hour dinner buffet, or something in between. My husband surprised me with this and it was definitely a memorable experience! If you are along the coast, there’s lots of whale watching/dolphin watching cruises as well. Make sure you check Groupon for tickets, as it often lists significantly cheaper prices.
Go to an archery range and shoot with a bow and arrow. You can find some shooting ranges on Groupon.
This was one of our first dates and very memorable to us. Just a few dollars to rent skates. If you wanted food, roller skating rinks have cheap food if you’re okay with hot dogs and hamburgers. Many rinks have “adult night only” so you don’t get run over by kids.
This doesn’t have to just be a blanket and sandwiches in a crowded park. My husband surprised me with a picnic by the lake during sunset. In fact, some people thought he had proposed! One of my favorite memories and it didn’t break the bank.
Tickets are generally pretty cheap for the big four (baseball, football, basketball, and hockey). Of course this depends on location, how good the team is, etc. In my opinion, the best place to buy tickets is Seat Geek. They show prices with fees so you don’t get all the way to the end only to realize they tacked on $$$ in fees.
Make sure to check the policy for each stadium before going into a game. Some actually allow you to bring in food, so you don’t need to spend $10 on a hot dog (example: LA Dodger’s stadium allows food).
- Baseball: tickets are cheap since there’s so many games a season – we’ve gone to games for $5/person. Many stadiums are easy to get to by public transit so no need to pay for parking.
- Football: preseason is cheaper than regular season, college in general is cheaper than NFL. However football can be more expensive than other sports since there’s significantly less games a season than the others.
- Basketball: a good winter activity since it’s indoor and there’s many games at the national and college level.
- Hockey: also a good option especially if you’re near a college.
Tickets can be inexpensive depending on how good the comedians are. Pick a venue that doesn’t require a drink minimum and have some laughs (hopefully not awkward laughter).
Starting at $7.99/month, you can get a date delivered to you digitally or in physical box. You can tailor it to what you find interesting as well. The boxes are creative, with ideas such as indoor camping or make your own ice cream.
Get glow sticks and go on a hike at night. Don’t get lost!
Good for the competitive couple. Indoor and outdoor courses are available depending on location, so great for any type of weather.
Test out those artistic skills. Again, websites like Groupon or LivingSocial list deals for all budgets. Then afterwards, you get pretty wall art to take home! Some places allow you to BYOB so you don’t need to spend money on alcohol.
A fun activity on a rainy day. If you don’t have any at home, many cafés have them available as well.
Near a body of water? Kayaking, canoeing, or paddle boarding are great summer activities. We’ve found deals through Groupon and it’s a fun way to get on the water and/or lay out on the beach. Just don’t go in the middle of a storm like we did (and husbands: don’t leave your wife to kayak back to shore by herself like my dear husband).
A fun excuse to get dressed up depending on which one you go to. Eat dinner beforehand so you can just order a drink or appetizer to cut expenses. Just remember to find out the password in order to get in (and the entrance).
Depending on your location, this could be classic pinball games, arcade games like at Dave & Busters, or even virtual reality.
Do you have any other cheap dates ideas?