7 Fun Yet Frugal Date Ideas

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Just because you’re trying to save some money these days doesn’t mean you have to skimp on fun dates with the hubby. You do not have to spend a lot of money on a fancy dinner to have a good time. Not to mention, movie theater prices are through the roof! With a little creativity, you could have a fun bargain date. Sometimes, the best dates could end up costing $20 or less! Send the kids to grandma’s house and plan to have a good time together, nurturing your love life. Here are some frugal, yet fun, ideas that are sure to spice up your date night and please your budget at the same time!

Just because you’re trying to save some money these days doesn’t mean you have to skimp on fun dates with the hubby. You do not have to spend a lot of money on a fancy dinner to have a good time. Not to mention, movie theater prices are through the roof! With a little creativity, you could have a fun bargain date. Sometimes, the best dates could end up costing $20 or less! Send the kids to grandma’s house and plan to have a good time together, nurturing your love life. Here are some frugal, yet fun, ideas that are sure to spice up your date night and please your budget at the same time!

Flea Market

While guys tend to despise traditional shopping, he might really like flea market shopping. There is sure to be something to please both of you – antique jewelry for you and antique coins for him. You could even discover something funky to add to your home’s décor, serving as a reminder of your fun date. Even if you don’t end up buying something, you could both have fun trying on silly clothes or discovering things you didn’t even know existed. Cost: FREE or anywhere between $2 and 5 each for entry is $10 max.

Bar Fun

Have an exciting night of cold beer and good old fashioned competition. Choose a local bar with pool tables, dart boards, or shuffle boards. Grab a few cheap beers and enjoy some healthy girl-on-guy competition. Don’t get too serious about winning, but don’t let him win either – give him a run for his money! Cost: 2 beers at $4 each plus tip is $10

Bookstore Reminiscing

Take a trip to your local bookstore together and browse through their selection. You’re sure to come across books you two have read at some point in your lives. Reminisce about them and you may find memories coming to the surface that you’ve never shared with one another. You can flip through the magazine section together, gossiping about celebs in People or imagining your next vacation with Travel. Make sure to visit the more adult sections too, and find the Kama Sutra books- make note of some tips for later! Cost: FREE

Cook Together

Instead of going out to dinner as usual, how about you team up one night and make dinner together? Find a simple, delicious recipe online, make a list of groceries you need, go shopping together and get ready for a night of home cooking. Whatever you decide to make, keep it simple and do it together! And don’t be afraid to get a little messy! Try grilled and marinated chicken breast, rice pilaf and steamed veggies- yummy! Homemade chocolate-dipped strawberries for dessert is sure to set the mood for a romantic rest of the evening. Cost: up to $20 for groceries (you can totally make it happen!)

Sweat it Out!

Whether you visit the gym regularly or it’s been a while since you even thought about working out, an active date is a great idea. If you’re doing something outdoors together and having a good time, you won’t even realize you’re technically "working out." Who doesn’t love a long hike or a bike ride? Find a scenic local trail online, or just go to the beach. You can take a long relaxing walk along the coast of the beach, collecting unique seashells along the way. Cost: FREE

Couples Poker

Having other couples join you for a group date can be really fun. And, you don’t need to go out to enjoy their company. Poker night doesn’t have to be a guys-only event. Whip out the deck of cards and poker chips (ask your friends if you don’t have them), set a buy-in amount anywhere between $5-$20, put out some snacks and you’re in for a night of good times. Whether you lose some money or gain some, it’s all about the experience of connecting with your man and your friends. Cost: $5-$20, whatever amount you set.

Be Art Critics

If you’d like to satisfy your artsy appetite and enjoy your man’s company at the same time, visit your local museum or art district. Museums have cheap entrance fees, and some even offer a free night during the week. Or, you can take a stroll around an art district, going from gallery to gallery, admiring the artworks. You may even come across a gallery opening, offering free hors doeuvres and wine. Cost: FREE or up to $10 for museum entrance.

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