Enjoy each other’s company while venturing out on one of these no or low cost date ideas.
Take a Tour or Visit a Museum or Art Gallery
Many museums and galleries offer free admission or deep discounts on certain days of the week or month. Visit the websites of places near you for listed specials.
Grab a deck of cards, a favorite board game, or video game controls and spend an evening challenging each other with a favorite game. Want to know some of our favorite games? Check out Two Player Games for Couples, Part 1; Two Player Games for Couples, Part 2.
Pamper Each Other
Create an in-home spa and pamper each other with a back or foot massage or give each other a manicure. Light some candles, enjoy some cucumber water, and heat up your towels for the ultimate in-home spa experience.
Take a Shot at Disc Golf
Grab some discs and head out to a local disc golf course! Challenge each other to see who can get the best score playing a round of disc golf.
Want to learn more? Check out our blog post detailing our first attempt at playing disc golf: A Fun Outdoor Date Idea That Exceeds Par! | Disc Golf Date
Watch the Sky
Grab a blanket and spend an afternoon at the park finding animals or characters in the clouds or make a wish on a shooting star while star gazing at the night sky.
Local theatres may offer a free preview of an upcoming show during the dress rehearsal if you don’t mind a flub or two.
Make it a Happy Hour
Some restaurants offer savings for dining before the evening rush. Take advantage of the half price menu for reduced meal and beverage specials.
Cook a Meal Together
Grab a cookbook or search the internet for a new recipe and cook a meal together. To make it more challenging, find a new recipe using items you already have available at home.
Enjoy an Outdoor Concert or Show
Check your local entertainment guide for outdoor concerts, bands, or film festivals with free admission. Your local gardens may offer free concerts under the stars, while some new bands may be playing in an outdoor entertainment venue. In the summer months you can find classic films being shown on large screens in parks, so pack a picnic basket.
Find a quiet and relaxing place like a hammock or the beach. Challenge each other to a game of Mad Libs, read poetry to each other, or complete a crossword puzzle together. You could also take a walk to a local park to feed the ducks.
Support the Community
Support a local school or community group and spend an evening watching the latest high school performance or listening to the community orchestra concert.
Grab Tickets to the Matinee
Catch the early show at the local movie theatre or musical production and get discounted rates.
Internet Scavenger Hunt
Try to find the funniest video on YouTube or most interesting thing for sale on eBay, weirdest item on Craigslist, and funniest photo on Flickr.
Enjoy Free Samples
On the weekends, many grocery stores, specialty food stores, and club stores have free samples available. Visit your local store and nibble on the complimentary snacks.
Mix and match your favorite $1 items: $1 movie rentals, $1 menu items from a fast food restaurant, 2 for $1 candy, $1 package of popcorn, $1 2-liter soft drink, $1 toy in the bargain bin. See what you can do for $10.
Be a Kid Again
Hang out at a local park and toss a frisbee, enjoy some ice cream, trace each other with sidewalk chalk, fly a kite, toss a ball and play on the swings.
Tour New Homes
Spend an afternoon touring new homes in your area. Perhaps you will come up with some new design ideas for your own place.
Visit the Library
Libraries are a great place to check-out movies, music and books. Grab a poetry book and enjoy it with a picnic in the park.
Watch the Sunrise or Sunset
Enjoy some quiet time together drinking coffee and watching the sunrise together on a crisp morning. If evening works better, enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset over the horizon.
Great Places or Memberships with Discounts and Coupons:
- Student ID
- Member Associations like AAA
- Credit Unions
- Alumni Associations
- Professional Association
- Drink Cans
- Grocery Stores
- Local Hotel Lobbies
- Coupon Books
- Mailed Coupons
- Senior Discounts
… and don’t forget to visit the websites of your destination beforehand for special unpublished deals!