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Date Night Ideas on a Budget



Setting aside time once a week or even once a month for a date night with your partner will do wonders for your relationship and keep it healthy and happy. It's important to stay connected as a couple. But, even when you make date nights a priority, finding the time isn't always easy. There's also a social expectation that for a date to be good, it has to be expensive. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, it's time to plan a date night with your significant other. Here are some fun and easy date night ideas that are also budget-friendly to help you make date night a priority!


Sign up for Dance Lessons.
Our local park district offers couples dance lessons, and I've seen some great deals using Groupon for local studios as well. 



Take a trip down memory lane. 
Watch your wedding video and look at photo albums together. It's fun to watch old home movies from when you were growing up too!



Get dessert from your favorite restaurant.
Instead of going out for a full meal, eat at home and go out for dessert at your favorite restaurant. 


Build a snowman, build a fire and drink hot cocoa.

When was the last time you made a snowman? Get outside, have some fun and then sit by the fire with hot cocoa to warm up.



Try something new or different. 
Go ice skating, find an indoor rock climbing wall or a studio that offers paint night. 


Binge watch a series.
We've all heard the term, Netflix and chill. Find a series you both are interested in and binge watch away!


Wine and cheese tasting.
I'm all about snacks for dinner! Make a list of cheeses and charcuterie that you both like and decide on different wine varietals to pair with them. 






Start your own book club.
Read the same book and discuss each chapter as you go along.


Breakfast or lunch date.
We all know that dinner is more expensive and when you add cocktails or wine, it can quickly blow your budget. Have a breakfast or lunch date instead and then spend the day exploring a new neighborhood.


Cook a meal together.

Find a new recipe you both are interested in trying and make it together. 




Play a sport together.
Sign up for a seasonal co-ed softball or volleyball league. 


Take a couples massage course.
Who doesn't want to learn tips and tricks to give your partner the best massage ever? There are local classes you can take or even online in the comfort of your home!


Get outdoors.

Go for a hike or bike ride and pack a picnic lunch. 




Volunteer. 

Opt out of the traditional date night and volunteer together serving meals at a homeless shelter or food bank.


Check out some live music.

Look at Yelp or Facebook to find live music at local clubs and halls. 


Go to a museum, zoo or botanical garden.

Depending on where you live, some of these attractions are free or have reduced days/nights.


Which one is your favorite?


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