When you’ve been dating someone for long enough, finding new and exciting things to do together can get difficult after awhile. Going out to dinner is always fun and I love catching a good movie but sometimes you just need to spice things up, and save a few bucks. Luckily, there are plenty of fun dates out there that won’t cost a penny. Check out some free, date ideas below!
- Go to a park. Play on the swings. Let out your inner kid!
- Have a picnic. Instead of going out for lunch, consider packing a picnic basket and going to your local park. Pack some PB&J’s, chips, drinks, and enjoy a sunny day outside! Make sure to take pictures.
- Go to the beach if it’s a sunny day
- Play a sport together. Pull out a soccer ball or throw a football. If you’re not too familiar with sports, have your date teach you how to play!
- Stargaze. Lay out a blanket you can share and relax outside together.
- Play a board game, or cards. Pull out your old Twister game or try your hand at a game of poker! Board games and cards don’t have to be boring – make it fun!
- Have a bake-off! Have a little friendly competition on who can make the better dessert using only the ingredients you have in your house! Avoid the temptation to start a food fight.. unless if you’re both willing to clean the mess later.
- Have a movie marathon at home. Horror movies are always a classic for date night. If that’s not for you, find a genre you both love. On date night, I love watching stand-up specials on Netflix.
- Watch YouTube videos.
- Have an adventure at Walmart. Check out the new movies on sale, browse the desserts. Enjoy each other’s company!
- Plan a future vacation.
- Do a puzzle.
Indoors or Outdoors:
- Exercise. Go for a run outside, or maybe practice yoga at home. Remember you can always work out for free!
- Find free, local events in your area. There’s a lot of planetariums and museums that typically host one or two free days a month. You also might want to keep your eye out on free concerts nearby.
- Have a doggy play date if you both have pets.
- Volunteer together. Maybe walk dogs at a shelter, or volunteer at a soup kitchen. Find a cause that’s important to both of you. You’ll do something good, all the while strengthening your relationship.
- Make a YouTube video.
Next time you and your partner are struggling to decide on what to do, write each of these date ideas on a piece of paper or popsicle stick, put it in a jar, and pick! Let fate decide for you.