11 Affordable Romantic Date Night Options For Couples

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Feb. 8 2024, Published 8:10 a.m. ET

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Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you need to skimp on date nights. Whether you’re in a long-term relationship or getting to know attractive dating app matches, you can still have a good time without splashing out on concert tickets or fancy dinners. There are plenty of ways to spend quality time together without digging too deep into your pockets.

1. DIY Paint and Sip Night

Turn your living room into an art studio by buying inexpensive canvases, paints and brushes. You can find step-by-step painting tutorials online to guide you through creating your masterpiece. Pour a glass of wine or your favorite beverage and let your creativity flow as you paint side by side.

Approximate cost: $30-$40

2. Stargazing Picnic

Head to a local park or a quiet spot away from city lights, armed with a cozy blanket, some homemade snacks and a telescope — if you have one. 

Approximate cost: Free

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3. Attend an Outdoor Concert

Many communities host free outdoor concerts during the warmer months. Grab a blanket, pack snacks and enjoy live music under the open sky. 

Approximate cost: Free

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4. Sunset Bike Ride

Rent bikes or use your own to explore scenic routes in your area. Plan your ride to coincide with the setting sun and find a picturesque spot to enjoy the view. It’s a great form of movement, and research shows that exercise is an excellent way to connect with your partner, helping conflict resolution and encouraging bonding. 

Approximate cost: $10-$30, depending on where you rent bikes from and for how long.

5. Drive-In Movie

Pretend you’re in “Grease” and bring a blanket, pack some snacks and get comfy. A drive-in movie is a fun twist on the classic cinema date and can take you back in time. 

Approximate cost: $10-$30 per car

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6. Homemade Pasta Night

All you need are a few simple ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Top your handmade pasta with your favorite sauce and serve with a side of garlic bread or a simple salad. Then, sit down with a binge-worthy series and enjoy your home-cooked meal together. 

Approximate cost: $15

7. Home Spa Night

A spa is an ideal place to relax, and it comes with tons of benefits, but why not bring the spa to you? Create the ultimate relaxing evening at home with scented candles, soothing music and pampering products. Take turns giving each other massages, applying face masks and enjoying a relaxing bath.

Approximate cost: $20-$30 

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8. Bookstore Or Library Date

Visit a local bookstore or library and spend time exploring together. Pick out books for each other, share your favorite reads and find a quiet corner to enjoy quality reading time. It’s a low-cost, intellectually stimulating date option.

Approximate cost: $14-$20

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9. Community Events

Check local event calendars for community activities such as farmers markets, art exhibitions or open mic nights. These events often have little to no admission fees and offer a chance to support local talents. 

Approximate cost: Free

10. Volunteer

Find a local charity or community organization and spend an evening volunteering together. Whether working at a food bank, participating in a neighborhood cleanup or spending time at an animal shelter, contributing to the community can be a rewarding shared experience. 

Approximate cost: Free

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11. Dessert Tasting

Visit a nearby bakery or grocery store and select an assortment of desserts to taste at home. Set them out nicely, rate and discuss your favorites, and try your hand at recreating one together. 

Approximate cost: $15-$30

You Can Still Date On A Budget

The most important aspect of any date night is the connection you share, and you don’t need to splurge to have a good time together. These affordable ideas can easily fit into a tight budget and offer the perfect opportunity to create lasting memories together.

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By: Mia Barnes

Mia Barnes is a health journalist with over 3+ years of experience specializing in workplace wellness. Mia believes knowledge is power. As the Editor-in-Chief of Body+Mind Magazine, Mia's goal is to cover relevant topics to empower women through information.

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