A while ago I wrote a post called 10 free dates that your wife will love that got a lot of attention. Since these days so many people are looking for cheap date ideas that are actually fun, I decided to create a little list of a few. Just as a disclaimer upfront, some of these are cheaper than others and some of them are more fun than others. I am sure you will find some of the date ideas to be lame, but know that someone else is reading that same idea and thinking how fun it sounds.
So, hopefully you will be able to find a few to get you started. As always feel free to add your own fun date ideas to the comments below.
1. Thrift-store marathon
Basically you map out a bunch of thrift stores in your area and visit each one and look for bargains. This is really fun when you have a specific treasure you have in mind. For more detail check out the thrift store shopping tips article from a few months ago.
2. Garage sale shopping
Similar to the thrift-store marathon, you just spend a couple hours hitting up garage sales. Set a $10 budget and see who can find the best treasure.
3. Visit Display Homes
I always love visiting new display homes and getting ideas for the next move!
4. Test Drive
Visit car dealerships and test drive some of your favorite cars.
5. Movie Night
Head over to the library to pick up free movies for a movie marathon (or find some free movies online). For ideas, find some classics that you haven’t seen from the top 100 movies of all-time. Complete it with a blanket, popcorn, and your favorite beverages.
6. Get Cooking
One of you make the other’s favorite meal, and the other one make the other’s favorite dessert. Then enjoy them both together.
Give the rooms in your house a fresh look by re-arranging the furniture in each of the rooms in your house.
8. See the great outdoors
Head over to localhikes.com and find a trail near you and get hiking. This is a great outdoor date that often facilitates great conversation.
If you already have them, you can just start riding. If you don’t many places rent them by the hour.
If it is a cloudless night, you could head to the library and find some astronomy books. Find out which constellations are showing and look for them in the sky. Grab a cozy blanket and enjoy laying under the stars together.
11. Got snow?
Go pick up a couple sleds and ride the slopes to your hearts’ content.
12. Sip coffee together
Go to a local coffee shop and sip and converse. For whatever reason my wife and I tend to have great conversations while we are sitting in coffee shops.
I haven’t done this in probably 20 years, this would definitely be a fun date!
How about ice-skating. Bonus: Find an outdoor rink!
Make it more fun by changing the rules.
16. Driving range
This can be particularly fun if you are terrible golfers. Most driving ranges have clubs you can use if you don’t have any.
17. Have a photo shoot
Grab your point and shoot digital camera and start driving. Find interesting places and take pictures of each other.
18. Go see some local music
Search for some local venues on the web and go see a band you’ve never heard of. Bonus: Bring a posterboard sign telling them how much they rock!
19. Take a pottery class together
A messy and fun date – if you are good, you might even get some decorations out of the deal as well.
20. Random driving
Start at your house. Before you get to an intersection, flip the coin. Heads you turn right; tails you turn left. Guess where you will end up.
For more great date ideas:
- 50 cheap date ideas
- Recession Dating 101: Cheap Dating Ideas
- Frugal and Fun: Cheap dates
What are some more cheap and fun date ideas you can come up with? Leave a comment!
This article was originally published on ChristianPF in 2010.