Date Night Ideas on a Budget (40 Ideas for $40 or Less)

Are you looking for some Date Night Ideas on a Budget? Even being married for 20+ years, I’m always open to ideas and suggestions. I feel like I’ve done just about everything you can do for a date night and still – to this day – the dates I love and appreciate the most are the ones that don’t cost a lot of money at all. There’s just something about really enjoying a fabulous date night with your loved one and making it all about the two of you and not about the outlandish, over the top experience. You don’t need to be whisked away to Paris for the weekend to be in love with someone, it can be as simple as enjoying Parisian pastries together at home!

40 Date Night Ideas on a Budget for $40 or Less

Date Night Ideas on a Budget

I’m all about trying to find the best ideas for date nights on a budget. I know that when I first started dating my husband we had no money. We were in college, so we literally had no money. Our date nights consisted of the dining hall and then any activities that were going on at campus. I have to be honest, those were the most fun because we made fun out of it! We turned lemons into lemonade! If you only have the option to do certain things, you just make the best out of the situation!

My husband and I just started doing weekly date nights because now my sons will watch their younger sister. We used to go on dates before and have to pay an arm and a leg for a babysitter. Now? We just have to pay for our actual date! It’s actually a win win before the date night even begins! We’ve been trying to do some different things each week and not just do the same thing. Since we know we have limited time, we know we can’t be gone long and far, so I thought it would be fun to come up with some easy ideas that are cheap and can be quick to do!

Here’s what I wanted to share with you. 40 ideas for $40 or less. That’s right Date Night Ideas on a Budget. Some of these are seasonal and can (obviously) only be done at certain times of the year. Some of these you will love and some of these you won’t relate to doing. I just wanted to make sure I set you up with a list that would be helpful for you and hopefully give you some good ideas to get yourself out with your loved one!

40 Date Night Ideas for $40 or Less!

1. Drive-in Movie
2. Mini Golf
3. Bowling
4. Trip to the Zoo
5. Picnic on the Beach
6. Bike Ride
7. Ice Cream Sundaes
8. Laser Tag
9. Roller Skating
10. Hiking
11. Trampoline Park (not just for kids!)
12. Minor League Baseball Game
13. Coffee Cafe
14. Beach Day
15. Canoeing
16. Movie Night at Home
17. Happy Hour Movie Night at the Theater
18. Farmer’s Market
19. Strawberry Picking
20. Apple Picking
21. Pumpkin Patch
22. Flower Nursery
23. Corn Maze
24. Golf Range
25. BINGO Night
26. Church
27. Happy Hour Dinner
28. Head to a Vineyard
29. Game Night at Home
30. Brewery
31. Ferry Ride
32. Ice Skating
33. Free Swim at a Local Pool
34. Bake Night
35. Bonfire at Home
36. Make Dinner at Home
37. Volunteer Somewhere Special
38. Walk/Stroll the Mall
39. Make a Time Capsule
40. Head to a Free Public Concert

Share below if I’m missing anything blaring. I tried to make sure I got some good ones in there and things that really anyone could do! We’re all about saving money right now, so I really wanted to make sure I listed fun ones that cost almost nothing to do! The free dates are the best dates! All that matters is who you are with, that’s the big thing. If you’re with the one you love anything will be a great time! Never be afraid to think about some great ideas for date night ideas on a budget! It’s the best way to be creative and have some extra fun!

Sharing my personal blog post on a date night with my husband! This is a video we shot a couple of years ago for our anniversary! We always have fun together and that’s what I love about him so much!

This is also a good read for dates on a budget!

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  1. 4.23.19

    These are great budget friendly date ideas.

  2. 4.23.19
    sandra said:

    What a great list of ideas!

  3. 4.23.19
    Dana Rodriguez said:

    I love these ideas. I haven’t seen a dive in theater in YEARS!

  4. 4.23.19
    Michele Pineda said:

    I think these are great ideas, actually there is a drive in theater that operates seasonally about 15 miles from me, hubby and I go there during the summer months (our teenager often tags along as she loves the movies) and we love it. So sad that many drive in theaters went out of business. There are also some other ideas on there that I never thought of and will have to try!

  5. 4.23.19
    bn100 said:

    lots of fun ideas

  6. 4.24.19
    Antoinette M said:

    Love all the ideas for spending time with your loved one!

  7. 4.25.19
    Sarah L said:

    Very good ideas. I personally like swimming.

  8. 4.25.19
    mami2jcn said:

    OOh I wish we had a drive-in movie theater around here!

  9. 4.25.19
    Lindsay A. said:

    Awesome ideas, thank you so much! I’ve been dying to do the trampoline park one!

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