Fun Date Night Ideas On a Budget

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I have been married to my husband for about 13 years and have a 10 year old daughter together. We both work all day and spend as much time together as a family that we can but sometimes we need a little time just for us!

Fun Date Night Ideas on a budget

Sometimes it’s hard to get out and have a typical date night that includes going out to dinner and a show. Going out has become so expensive it’s almost impossible for me to enjoy myself knowing I could have made a car payment instead.

I decided to get creative when planning our time together and found ways we can enjoy a fun date night on a budget.

Stay At Home 

Date Night

  • Watching a movie at home is one of my favorite ways to spend the evening. Snuggling on the couch and laughing together is a great way to reconnect after a long week.
  • Cooking dinner together can be a fun activity especially if only one of you usually does the cooking at your house. Each one of you can make a part of the meal and then enjoy it together by candlelight.
  • Get Creative! Pick up a couple of canvases, paint, and brushes from your local craft store, open up a bottle of wine and create a couple of masterpieces to hang on your wall. This will prompt a whole new conversation while painting and every time you see your art on the wall it will serve as a reminder of your fun night.DAte Night Ideas
  • Playing a game together can be fun and even after 13 years of marriage it’s fun to observe my husband’s strategy in games like Crazy Eights or Poker.

Since date night doesn’t happen often enough, I like to be prepared and have all of my date night essentials on hand! with one quick trip to Walmart, I had everything I needed to prepare for my date night.

Date Night Collage

  • Nexium 24HR-Just one day. All-day, all night frequent heartburn protection.
  • Emergen-C-More Healthy Days, More Healthy Nights
  • Advil Liqui-Gels-Nothing’s faster on tough pain (among OTC pain relievers).Use as directed.

We just don’t get enough date nights these days so when we get a chance to spend some quality time together, I like to be prepared for anything. After having a few disastrous nights where I couldn’t even enjoy our time due to a pounding headache, heartburn, or cold I keep all of these items in my purse so I can be ready for anything.

Date Night Ideas out

My husband still laughs at me about the time that we headed out to a Limp Bizkit concert and I had a headache before we even went inside. I didn’t want to waste our tickets and I really wanted to see the show, so I went in anyway and tried to make the best of it but that experience alone will always be a reminder to keep my essentials in my purse and take them with me everywhere I go.

Date Night 2

Get out of the house

  • Frisbee Golf is a fun physical activity that is free to play and will get you out of the house for the day.
  • Geocaching is another free outdoor activity and the best part is that you can play all year long. There is nothing more romantic in my opinion than going on a treasure hunt with my husband.
  • Going to an arcade is a fun way to spend the night and if you play the right games, you could spend hours there and only spend $20 bucks.
  • Mini Golf is a fairly inexpensive game to play and if the weather isn’t right,there are lots of arcades that have a mini golf course indoors and some are lit by neon and black lights.
  • Laser Tag can be fun if you have a strong competitive side or if there are other players there you and your date can team up to beat the bad guys together.

Enjoy your date night and always be prepared for anything by keeping your essentials in your purse! To find out more about these great products and how they can prepare you for date night, click here.  What are some of your favorite fun date night ideas that don’t break the bank?




  1. This are great ideas. You don’t have to have lobster on a date night. Just being with each other and having fun is enough.

  2. Robin+Rue+(@massholemommy) says:

    You have so many great date night ideas here. I am going to have to try a few of these with my hubby!

  3. These are all good ideas. Normally we do a date night in and eat something that our son doesn’t like. We just cuddle and watch a movie. If you do go out we do laser tag (SOOOO much fun! )

  4. I might have to steal a few of these for this weekend. I’m done traveling for a while so we’re due for a date night.

  5. These are great budget date ideas!! I am all about a cozy night in with a fun dinner!!

  6. Date nights in are one of our favorites to do!! I love these ideas for a fun date night, perfect for snowed in days too!

  7. My hubby and I usually stay at home. It is our treat to ourselves after a long week at work. I know some couples like to dine out but we’d rather stay home and make a good home cooked meal and relax

  8. We don’t really go on date nowadays but when we do gho out, our kids are with us. Great ideas though.

  9. These are fun ideas! We love staying in though, like watching a really great movie.

  10. These are all great ideas. My hubby and I were just discussing how it’s been a while since we’ve had date night. So this Saturday we’re going out!

  11. These are great ideas for a date night. We also prefer to stay home rather than go out on a date.

  12. I have been wanting to start playing cards again. My hubby started playing a card game on his phone and I forgot how fun that can be. I want a real deck of cards though. Headache are the worst! I try to remember to bring some because you never know when they may hit.

  13. During this time of year we really begin enjoying our date nights at home after the kids are in bed. We usually make a sweet treat and watch a movie.

  14. Stay at home dates are always fun. I like to play card games and watch movies.

  15. I had a headache before Blue Man Group. The loud noise actually got rid of it, lol

  16. In the end the most important thing about a date night is spending time together and connecting. There are many ways to do this. These are some great ideas

  17. OMG I loved Limp Bizkit back in the day in my teen years! Thanks for the memories and sorry of you horrible experience at the concert I am sure that wasnt the place for you to not feeling well with all that rock music!

    • That was a fantastic show! It’s rare I hear from someone who limps with the bizkit. lol We had front row right in the mosh pit at the House of Blues in Chicago,it was great. Fred Durst fist bumped my husband and told him You my boy blue!lol It really made his night.

  18. I love these ideas, I will certainly put several of these to the test.

  19. CourtneyLynne says:

    What great ideas!!! Hubby and I always have movie nights!! So much fun 🙂

  20. Maggie+Branch says:

    These are great and inexpensive date night options! Our favorite date night activity lately is getting a little competitive with the new guitar hero.

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