Tuesday, October 23, 2012

date night ideas by price

Since my other post was such a hit, I thought I would expand my date night list.

Sometimes we want affordable or at-home date nights but what about those nights where we have a little cash and want to do something different? Here is a list for you!

I provided links where applicable to help you out.



Dream Home Blue Print
Sketch out a blueprint of your dream house. Make of list of must-haves in your dream home (laundry chute, three car garage, spiral staircase, etc.) Check out this site for some ideas and make a Pinterest board for inspiration!

Anniversary Vacation
Have a milestone anniversary coming up? Sit down and plan the vacation you both want to take! Grab the laptop and go to town! Look for hotels, airfare, and attractions for your trip.

Where I’d like to visit
Make a map of places you have been and want to go. Make a list of places and sites to see.

Hobby Love
Teach each other your favorite hobby. Sometimes you don’t really know or understand something they love – take the time to learn!

Build a fort and watch a movie
Grab all the blankets and pillows in the house and build an awesome fort. If possible, pull a blanket over the TV to make it really authentic!

Watch home videos
Embarrassing and fun, it’s a great way to bond.

Build out bucket list
Building one as a couple and as individuals. What on your list have you already accomplished? Here's my list and my pinboard

Volunteer at the local shelter
It's a great way to give back

Why I love you List
Make a very specific list of things you love about each other. Share lists over a glass of wine

Go on a picnic
Take food, wine, and a blanket to your favorite location and enjoy

Historic walking tour
Sometime we don't appriciate the little things, like our town and it's history. Don't live in an historic town? Take a day trip out to a nearby town!

Watch stand-up comedy all night
Netflix has a ton of stand-up on it's Instant. Laughing is a great way to bond!

Make a list of potential baby names
This could literally take all night! Imagine how you will feel when you have kids – do you think you’d still like the names??

Make a 5, 10, 15 year “basic” plan
I say basic because life doesn’t always go as planned but it could be fun to dream it out!

Go on a long walk

Go through that junk drawer!
Ew! I know! No fun- but it can be if you do it together! Plus you may find some things you thought were "lost!"

Rearrange a room.
Just for a change.

Play video games all night.
Battle it out or work together. Racing games are always a good choice!

Pajama party!
Pop some popcorn, make a pallet, and watch a cheesy show or movie.

Mix CD
Make a CD of songs that remind you of your time together.

Long drive to nowhere
Roll the windows down, turn up the music, and hold hands

Favorite childhood movie
Watch each other’s favorite movies from childhood. May have to get a VHS player ;)

Have a rapping or singing contest

Movie script
Mute your favorite TV show or movie and make up your own dialogue. :)

Start a new exercise routine. 

Go window shopping downtown
Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s a fun way to spend the afternoon

Head to a local park and catch a game!

Board Game tournament
Break out some old board games - think Guess Who, Life, Candy Land, Connect Four, Mancala, Jenga, or Battleship. Don't have them around the house, go to Pogo and play some together for free!

Morning date
Who said date night had to be at night?! Get up and cook a big breakfast together, then climb back into bed to eat it!

Have a marshmallow war
50 mellows each and may the best person win! ;)

Go for a hike or bike ride
Check out this site for trails near you!

Hit the courts
One-0n-one basketball game or play HORSE or Around the World

Kissing challenge
100 kisses in three hours.

Snowing outside? Go build a snowman!
Don't be skimpy! Grab the scarf, carrot, coal, and hat to make a cool looking snowman!

Play 20 questions
or use this list!

Grab a blanket and head outside to go star gazing

At home drive-in
Have a car with a DVD player in it? Put the seats down, make some popcorns and have a “drive-in” night. Laptops work too ;)

Test drive your dream car.
I mean I feel bad for “inconveniencing” the sales guy but hey, you can dream and you have to know if you’d like it for the future ;)

YouTube Date night
Spend time watching funny videos! This couple has a list already made for you to see (scroll to bottom of her post for the link)

Bubble bath, wine
.... need I say more ;)

Night time picnic
Cook a yummy meal and have a night time picnic. Candles and wine are a plus!

Bookstore Date
Head to the local bookstore and browse the books. Pick out a coffee table book and look through it together. Check out this Bookstore Date Challenge idea!! 

Grab your suit and find some water
Beach, lake, pool - your choice!

Read a book together
Read out loud together or read separately but read the same thing. Then discuss!

Go climb a tree
Really doesn't need more explaining... ;)

Jump on a trampoline

Break out a deck of cards
Go Fish, poker, gin rummy, solitare....  

Under $20

Baking for others
Deliver cupcakes, cookies, etc to friends, family, or nursing home

Attend a festival
Greek, Italian, art, or music - check out a local festival.

Spa night at home
Grab the face mask and foot lotion. Enjoy pampering each other

Cookie bake-off
May the best baker win!

Make a time capsule
Plan to open it in 10 years!

Go to a bar to watch a game
Eat, drink, and root for your team

Go bowling
Enjoy the junk food!

Go to a Flea Market

Water balloon fight
Have a water balloon fight with friends. Make it girls vs. boys, full on battle!

See a movie at the dollar theatre

Goodwill shopping spree
Go to a Goodwill or Thrift store and pick out one crazy item for the other person. $10 budget

Get up early and go eat brunch somewhere nice

Make a gift for someone else.
Just because.

Flirty bar date
Go during happy hour and flirt mercilessly with your man! It’s sure to spark something ;)

Go to a driving range.
For about $6-10 you can buy a bucket of golf balls and borrow a driver. It's actually pretty fun!

Go to a shooting range
You can rent a gun and buy ammo. It's a great way to blow off steam and it's something different

Go to an outdoor concert
During the summer, there are a lot of places that offer free music. Grab the pups, some drinks, a blanket, and enjoy the show!

... need I say more?

"Let's go fly a kite..."
Grab your honey and head to the park to fly a kite :)

Release your inner child and break out a slip-n-slide!

Dessert only date

See what musical or play a local school is having and go check it out!
Support the arts!

Go play mini-golf

Puzzle mania
Grab a 1,000 piece puzzle and settle in for the night

Batter up!
Go hits some baseballs at the batting cages

Make your own pizza

Garage sale spree
Get $20 out of the ATM - $10 a piece – and go around to garage sales and see who can get the best item/deal

Check out the local drive-in theatre
Old-school lovin'. This website has a list of theaters all over the country!

Play Twister.
For added fun: get spray paint and make an outdoors Twister

Fro-yo challenge
Go to your local frozen yogurt place but let your significant other make you a creation

Old school candy
If your city has an old General Store, head to the candy buckets and pick out some fun candies to try!

People watch
Head to the mall, grab a pretzel and people watch. Make up fun stories about their lives

Marshmallow war

Live near the beach or visiting soon?
Head to the pier and get an ice cream cone!

Magazine dish
Grab a girly magazine and a magazine your man would like and read the cool articles to each other

Netflix instant
Find a new TV series to watch together. It could become your weeknight date!

Head to the racetrack or drag strip.
It will get your adrenaline pumping!

New York Times crossword puzzle

Here ya go!

Visit a historic location
Old battle ground, historic home, monument, or park. Some are free but don't forget to leave a donation!

Go pick some fruit!
Fall - check out an apple orchard. Spring/Summer - head to the strawberry field. Enjoy gathering some yummy fruit together!

Cheap-o date
Go to a fast food place but skip the drive thu and sit outside

Put together a model car
This will surely test your patience!!

Check out a small town nearby
Don't plan the day, just get up and go!

Carve a pumpkin

Lights at the Zoo
Afterwards go get coffee/hot chocolate

Build a bonfire
Roast your dinner and dessert!

Egg Art
Break off the top of an egg, dump the insides, fill with paint, and take turns throwing at a canvas! Sound nuts? Check out this blog for more "info" ;)

Under $50

Fresh dinner
Head to the Farmer's Market and pick out your dinner. Enjoy with a glass of wine!

Picasso night
Make a work of art for the house

Paint your own pottery
Check out a local shop and paint something for the house

Paint each other’s portrait

Go see a local band

Cook an exotic meal or cook something we have always wanted to try.

Take a cooking class

Take a dance class
Swing, salsa, ballroom - just get up and get moving!

Nerf gun war anyone?
One person starts at the back door and the other at the front - game on!

Arcade fun
Head to the arcade and play a game of laser tag, ride go-carts, and eat pizza 

Around the world in meals
Cook food from a country of choice and set the mood

Go play BINGO

Go wine tasting
and buy a bottle of your favorite!

Go rock climbing

Ripley’s Believe It or Not
They are wicked fun!

Go tubing down the river

Go shopping together
I can hear all the men going "NOOOOOOO!" but there are ways to make it fun! Go pick out outfits for each other to wear out to dinner or another event. Or maybe go find something for the house together.

Check out the local museum

Find a local fair, carnival, or festival
Ride the Ferris wheel and eat all the yummy food

Head to the zoo

Ice skating
Find a local ice skating rink and drink some hot chocolate!

Rent a tandem bike or scooters and hit the park.

Check out a kick-boxing class.
Get in a great work out and spend time doing something fun together - who can ask for anything more!!

Head to the aquarium or go deep sea fishing

You-pick dinner
Let your partner pick out your entire meal and you order theirs! If you have a cool waiter, maybe you can tell them what's going on and point to the items. That way it would be a total surprise what is brought out.

Make home-made ice cream


Under $100

White water rafting

Get a 60 minute couples massage
Check out
Groupon and Living Social for deals!

Food crawl
Eat your appetizer, entree, and dessert at different restaurants (don’t forget to leave a great tip if you have a great server!)

Go get a pedicure

Go get a facial

Rent a canoe or kayak and head down stream

Go horseback riding

Go play paintball

Not up for horseback riding? What about a carriage ride?!

Scuba diving
If you live near the coast, why not go scuba diving?

Go on a Segway Tour
What a great way to check out a city!

Hot summer day? Head to the water park!

Over $100

Spend the night at a Bed and BreakfastGroupon and Living Social sometimes have great deals!

Dinner at a fancy restaurant
Ruth Chris, Melting Pot, or something local of that nature. Don't forget to get all dolled up!

Stay the night at a nice hotel

Head out of town for a weekend get away

Get tickets to see your favorite band

Check out a pro-team game


Nothing says out-of-this-world date night like thowing your body out of a plane! ;)

Bungee jumping

Take a dinner cruise on the lake

Go for a ride in a hot air balloon
Do a quick search for locations near you or check this site out.

If you live near a cruise port, sometimes you can find great deals on
weekend cruises!

Limo lovin’
Rent a limo for a few hours and ask the driver to just drive around. Bring some champagne, dress up real nice and enjoy!

Take a helicopter ride!

Go swimming with dolphins

Head out to an amusement park
Ride all the rides and eat all the yummy food. Maybe take a photo with one of the park's characters!?

Up in the Air (price depending...) 
Recreate your first date or the night you got engagedHow romantic?

Price depending on your level of experience and access to equipment. Don’t forget to turn off your electronics and really enjoy nature

Pinterest craft night!
Find a craft you both like/want to do and make it together

Learn together
Check out a local college and see if there is a one night class/session you'd both like to take together

Secret Agent Love
You HAVE to check this out! It's a great gift idea too!!

Pretend to be tourist
Do the things only tourists do in your town. It'll give you a new appreciation for where you live!

Hire a photographer and update your photos! Keep them up-to-date and print them off! Find one locally here or here! Or you can message me on FB and I can find someone great for you!

Have more!? Comment below and I will add them on!

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**Please note these are suggestions and estimated prices. Obviously prices vary in different areas.**


  1. awesome! cant wait to try some of these, always looking for new date night ideas

  2. Hey Mary Loiuse - I just started a Work at Home Mom site and LOVED your date ideas - I have included your post as part of a post i did about Managing your Marriage. I'd love to have you check it out - I included your picture and the link back to your original post with credit to you! If you need more credit, please let me know! Thanks, Lisa http://wahmuniversity.com/budget-date-night/

    1. Hi Lisa! I'm glad you found my post so helpful! And I'm happy for you to share! I think date nights are important so spread to word! ;)


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