Ways to Make Date Night Fun and Affordable

How to Get a Partner to Stick to a Budget
How to Get a Partner to Stick to a Budget


Smart Quiz: Ways to Make Date Night Fun and Affordable

  • Split The Bill
  • Creative Date Plans
  • No Alcoholic Drinks
  • Share Food Plates

Answer: Creative Date Plans

Trying to fit date night in the budget or just looking to go out for the night without going broke? The point of a date is to enjoy each other’s company while doing something pleasurable, which doesn’t necessarily mean spending a lot of money. And a “date” doesn’t have to be romantic, either. You might just want an inexpensive night out with the kids or grandchildren. But it does mean getting creative. Lucky you! We’ve done the legwork for you to make date night fun AND affordable!

Think Free and Local

  • Visiting neighborhood destinations is a cheaper alternative to many expensive venues and it also helps local businesses. Save on gas, support your community and spend quality time with your date
  • Attending nearby plays and concerts performed by college students or local artists
  • Visiting a bar or restaurant close by that has a live band
  • Going to a minor-league sporting event in your hometown or a college game against a non-rival team. These options are cheaper than major-league events.
  • Listening to a free concert at a park or church

Trade a Fancy Dinner for an Outdoor Picnic

If your date is willing to live on the adventurous side, consider switching from expensive dinner reservations to a picnic dinner under the moonlight. Choose your favorite spot and then pack your basket to impress. Champagne, a fruit tray or a homemade meal complete with dessert is a great way to cut date expenses. End the evening with a movie in the park or some star gazing.

Enjoy Park Amenities

Checking out local or state parks in your neck of the woods can make for a great date night. Many have free or low-cost admission. They offer a large variety of activities for active individuals, including:

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Swimming and sunbathing
  • Disc golf

Whether you are both physically active or prefer a laid-back natural setting, you can’t lose with a park date. You can even throw down a blanket and enjoy a game of cards or a board game if you don’t feel like doing something more active.

Go to a Small Town Festival

Garden and car shows are incredibly popular in the spring and often showcase a variety of vendors, food options, and free music. The summer months are teeming with free or low-cost festivals with rides and concerts. Town fairs, antique shows, and even apple or pumpkin festivals are hot festival themes in the fall. Even in the winter, taking in the lights and atmosphere while you window shop downtown can leave a memorable impression on a special date night.

You don’t need to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a date to have a great evening. Splitting meals and skipping drinks isn’t necessary either. Look for innovative and inexpensive ways to make your date unforgettable.

~Here’s to Your Financial Health!

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