105 Cheap Date Night Ideas

I’ve been married for 20 years now, and I’ll be the first to say that having a successful and loving marriage takes work!   If you don’t take the time to nourish it, your marriage relationship can evolve from a relationship of loving adoration into one that feels like you’re nothing but business partners managing home, work, and family schedules together.

20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!

One thing my husband and I have always tried to do is to make Friday night date night a priority each week (thank you for the great example mom and dad).  Rather than always doing dinner and a movie (that gets expensive real quick), or even worse, dinner and grocery shopping 🙂 … we’ve tried to get a little creative at times.  Here is a list of more than 100 ideas!

If you’re feeling stress in your marriage, take some time to have an open conversation about it… remember to stay at level zero and to look for the good in your partner!  Also remember the difficulties you’re having right now will most likely be non existent in 1, 3 or 5 years from now. Work through it together!  My other piece of advice?  Go to a good marriage counselor before you get close to calling it quits!  OK, off my soap box now…

105 Cheap Date Night Ideas

  1. Take a new class
  2. Do yard work together
  3. Play board games (WYR is one of our favorites!)
  4. Learn a new hobby
  5. Build dream houses with Legos
  6. Feed ducks at the pond
  7. Go for a picnic
  8. Play on a playground – they’re not just for kids!
  9. Have a movie marathon
  10. Go to the library20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  11. Go for a walk & talk
  12. Attend a free community event
  13. Camp out in your back yard
  14. Plan a scavenger hunt in a mall or park
  15. Build a fort and spend the night in it
  16. Bake something yummy and share it
  17. Play 1-on-1 basketball
  18. Prepare a 3 course meal
  19. Dinner by candle light
  20. Go for a swim20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  21. Learn a new sport
  22. Play video games
  23. Refinish a piece of furniture
  24. Play sharades
  25. Have a Nerf gun war
  26. Hike a new trail
  27. Host a couples game night or BBQ
  28. Attend a high school or college play
  29. Tour a museum
  30. Offer service to someone in need20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  31. Go camping and make s’mores
  32. Visit the local zoo or aquarium
  33. Volunteer together in the community
  34. Go roller skating
  35. Exchange massages
  36. Interview each other or write love letters
  37. Work on family history
  38. Reenact your first date
  39. Watch a movie at a drive in movie theater
  40. Go fishing20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  41. Power outage date night – do everything in the dark or by candlelight
  42. Star gaze at night on a rooftop
  43. Watch your wedding video or look at photographs
  44. Park on a hill and look out at the city lights
  45. Go bird watching
  46. Play ping pong
  47. Browse a flea market
  48. Dream-storm together and write down your goals
  49. Build a puzzle
  50. Go on a long bike ride20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  51. Bowling with friends – Cosmic is always fun too!
  52. Give each other pedicure/manicures
  53. Turn your bedroom into a fancy hotel room
  54. Get your favorite team gear on and attend a sporting event (Blue & Orange of course ;))
  55. Go hunting or wildlife watching
  56. Take a mini day trip
  57. Create a love journal to pass back & forth
  58. Make homemade ice cream or root-beer
  59. Create a time capsule
  60. Enjoy a lazy day20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  61. Sit and people watch in a busy place
  62. Take a relaxing bubble bath together
  63. Act like a tourist and tour your hometown
  64. Play spin the bottle
  65. Make-out session with fancy fruits & chocolate
  66. Test drive a fun car
  67. Attend a carnival, fair or town carnival
  68. At home car wash in your driveway
  69. Horseback riding
  70. Plan & plant a garden20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  71. Visit a local street or farmers market
  72. Run a 5K or marathon
  73. Fly kites on a windy day
  74. Host a fondue night
  75. Play hide & seek in the dark
  76. Go window shopping in the city
  77. Make marshmallow guns
  78. Host a married prom
  79. Sculpt masterpieces with play-dough
  80. Make homemade pizzas for dinner20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  81. Watch the sunset
  82. Play racquetball or tennis
  83. Go to the gym
  84. Make Christmas gifts for friends and family
  85. Adopt a pet & purchase supplies
  86. Collect sea shells at the beach
  87. Host a progressive dinner
  88. Hit a bucket of balls at a local driving range
  89. Go out for ice cream or slices of pie
  90. Try a new restaurant20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  91. Plan a vacation and how to start saving for it
  92. Plan a disposable camera day then have the pictures developed
  93. Go thrift store shopping
  94. Train for a big race
  95. Learn a new card game
  96. Attend a Bingo night or book club
  97. Sing in a karaoke bar
  98. Go out for coffee or dessert
  99. Go to an arcade
  100. Attend a free concert in the park20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!
  101. Enjoy a bottle of Sparking Cider on the beach
  102. Play a round of mini golf
  103. Have a bake-off – pies, cakes, cookies, you name it!
  104. Build something for the home
  105. Read book(s) to each other

Looking for more ideas? Try one of these highly rated books!

Dating Fun for Couples 400 creative dating ideas for you to try

Dating Fun for Couples: 400 creative dating ideas for you to try

 Little Book of Great Dates 52 Creative Ideas to Make Your Marriage Fun

Little Book of Great Dates: 52 Creative Ideas to Make Your Marriage Fun

Budget Dating 122 Fun, Creative, Yet Cheap Date Ideas [Kindle Edition]

Budget Dating 122 Fun, Creative, Yet Cheap Date Ideas [Kindle Edition]

 52 Date Ideas Under $20 (Date Ideas, Cheap Date Ideas, Inexpensive Date Ideas) [Kindle Edition]

52 Date Ideas Under $20: (Date Ideas, Cheap Date Ideas, Inexpensive Date Ideas) [Kindle Edition]

20 years of marriage and 8 kids later... here's my top tip for a successful marriage... date nights are a must! Here's a list of more than 100 ideas. Time to make date night a priority!

What are your favorite date night ideas?  OR do you have any great marriage advice?

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