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10 Budget Friendly Date Ideas

These awesome 10 Budget Friendly Date Ideas is brought to you by one of my new blog contributors, Lena! Lena will be my marriage/relationship contributors and I am so excited to see what she has in store for us! My overall goal with my new contributor section is to bring you fresh, new content that you haven’t seen before. I love having a well-rounded blog that focuses on many different topics that might strike your attention! It has been a dream of mine to have contributors for a few years now and I truly believe that I have gathered up some of the best! I am beyond thrilled to have Lena on board with us and I hope you are too! 

10 Budget Friendly Date Ideas

While date nights are amazing for your relationship, they can often be tough on your budget. Since we’ve been a budget for most of our newlywed years, we’ve come up with some creative and unique budget friendly date ideas. Here are a few of our favorites!

Wine and Paint Night


Wine and Paint Nights can be such a fun and romantic date idea, but they can also be pretty pricey. If you don’t want to drop the cash on a class or maybe don’t have a babysitter to go out for date night, consider recreating your own at home. You can buy some inexpensive canvases, paints, and your favorite bottle of wine. Look up painting tutorials on YouTube (make sure it’s beginner level) and voila, a budget friendly Wine and Paint date night! {Further Reading: At Home Date Night Ideas}

Cuddle up at a bookstore

We love going to our local bookstore and spending some time browsing the shelves. We usually pick out something we can read together, like a fun travel book or a magazine. We’ll buy two coffees, find a comfy spot to sit, and cuddle up with our reading material. If you can’t go out for date night, this one is pretty easy to recreate at home! Just create a cozy corner with two comfy chairs, brew a pot of tea, and grab a stack of reading material. {Further Reading: Book Recommendations to Fit Any Mood}

Quarter Ride

Let a quarter plan your date! Get in the car and flip a quarter at each possible turn. Turn left if it’s heads and turn right if it’s tails. After a pre determined amount of time, find something to do no matter where you are. This date is sure to get you out of your date night rut and force you to be a bit creative!

Farm to Table for Less

One of our favorite date activities is hitting our local farmers market every Saturday morning to buy groceries for the week. We come home after and make poached eggs on avocado toast with our farm fresh ingredients. This delicious farm to table breakfast costs us under $3 a plate, while the same meal would be at least $12 at an organic restaurant. Bonus, kids love farmers market trips as well! If you don’t have a babysitter, you can take them along! {Further Reading: Tips for Shopping the Farmers Market}

Pay It Forward

Why not turn your date night into an opportunity to do good? Several times a year we visit our local coffee shop, purchase a few of our favorite drink, and walk around passing it out to people who seem like they could use a cup. Seeing a smile on people’s faces will make you both feel great and give you warm and fuzzy feelings. You could also volunteer for a cause that’s meaningful for both of you.

At Home Spa Date

We love any opportunity to visit a spa, but that’s usually not in our budget. You can recreate this date at home on a budget for a relaxing and romantic date. Slip into comfy robes and slippers. Fill a pitcher of water and infuse it with cucumbers or berries. Make your own face masks or buy them premade. (Your guy may grumble about this at first, but most guys end up loving it!) Best part of all, trade off giving each other massages.

Challenge Each Other to a Cook Off

Getting competitive is a fantastic relationship booster! Choose a particular ingredient that each person has to incorporate into a dish and get creative! You can choose to make just one thing or even a full coursed dinner with an appetizer, entrée, and dessert – each one incorporating the “challenge ingredient”

Exercise Your Green Thumbs

Visit your local nursey and pick out a plant together. We’ve picked out fruit trees and rose bushes together before. Ask the nursey for tips on planting or look up tips online. Spend your date planting together. It’s so much fun to tackle projects together and can be a great bonding experience. Plus, you’ll be so excited to watch your plant grow together. It’ll be nice to know you did it together and you’ll love eating from it or picking the flowers.

$10 Challenge

How far can you go with $10? Challenge yourselves to find out! Give each person $10 and head to a local store. Who can come up with the most creative gift for the other person?

Discover Your Love Languages

Do you know how to speak your partner’s “love language”? This can be a game changer for your relationship! Take the quiz HERE and then commit to doing 3 things this week to speak your partner’s language.


Thank you for reading! We hope you enjoyed these budget friendly date ideas! Want more date ideas? On our blog we’ve shared: Rainy Day Date Ideas, At Home Date Ideas, Fall Date Ideas, Romantic Budget Date Ideas, and more! See you next time! – Lena & Bassam

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  1. I want to read the 5 love Languages so bad, but wa waiting for hubby to nbn jump on board. Anyhow, those were great ideas..I thought I would share another since I am not a blogger. Most people love checking out architecture of other places or homes. So it’s a perfect, budget FRIENDLY date idea to drive around unfamiliar/unseen by your eyes neighborhoods. Especially newer ones or super old ones! Grab a bite,and eat in the car even! 😜

    1. Hi Amy! Thanks for reading! I love the checking out homes idea! We actually love doing that and checking out the photos on redfin, haha! not creepy at all 😉 Thanks for adding to the list! I love hearing what others like to do! May I suggest trying out the 5 languages without waiting for your hubby? It took me 2.5 years to convince mine but what helped finally was just doing it myself! <3