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15 Money-Saving or Free Date Ideas That Keep Your Relationship Alive

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15 Money-Saving or Free Date Ideas That Keep Your Relationship Alive

Do you struggle to think of date ideas that aren’t expensive? Many popular date ideas can be quite expensive, such as going out to the cinema or out for a meal. However there are lots of cheap and fun dates that you and partner can do, like having a cook-off or watching the sun set together.

Check out 15 frugal or free date ideas that you can do with your partner.

1. Take a free class.

Taking a class with your partner is a fun way to do something new together without spending any money. There are lots of classes that offer the first lesson for free, so check out what your area has to offer. Popular options are fitness classes and cooking classes.

2. Have a D-I-Y photo-shoot.

Set up a tripod (or simply balance your phone on a flat surface) and have fun being silly together while taking pictures. You can use props from around your house to make sure you end up with some unforgettable pictures.

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3. Watch the sun rise or set together.

This date is totally free and a great way to experience the beauty of nature together. Pack a blanket and a thermos to make sure the evening or morning is cosy and romantic.

4. Make a time capsule.

One of the most fun date ideas is to make a time capsule together. Gather together all of the romantic memorabilia from your relationship, such as train tickets, pictures and notes—and don’t forget to include a note for the person who finds the time capsule!

5. Throw a 90s board game night.

What were your favorite board games as a child? Check out your attic and basement and bring out all of your old board games for a fun, throw-back game night.

6. Have a slumber party.

One of the most romantic date ideas is to have a slumber party with your partner. Bring your duvets and pillows into your living and set up for a night of cosy fun. Fairy lights, snacks and movies will help you to make this the perfect date.

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7. Create a bucket list together.

Sit down with your partner and write down all of the things you want to do together, from going on holiday to taking a salsa class together. Doing this will even help you to plan future date ideas!

8. Have a cook-off.

Have a cook-off with your partner using only things you already have in the fridge. One of you can make the main course, and one of you can make the starter—and the winner gets to boast all night!

9. Go for a breakfast picnic.

One of the most romantic times to go for a picnic is during the morning. The park will be quiet, the sun will be bright and you can bring all of your favorite morning snacks and a Thermos of coffee.

10. Have a spa night.

This is one of the most relaxing date ideas that you can do for free. Run a bubble bath for you both with candles, and then give each other oil massages and scrubs. You can even do manicures and pedicures if your both feel skilled enough!

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11. Go to the library together.

Visit your local library together and show each other your favorite childhood books. Talk about why you love them, and which books you never liked. This is a great way to strengthen your bond with your partner.

12. Have a movie marathon.

Make some popcorn and settle on the sofa with your partner for a relaxing date night. Some movies are made for movie marathons, such as trilogies, comedies and animated films.

13. Have a karaoke night.

A karaoke night with your partner is a great way to have some fun together without being too serious. Try choosing songs for each other to guarantee a silly evening!

14. Take a walk through nature.

Going for a walk somewhere beautiful has always been one of the most popular date ideas. Check out the nature in your local area—many beaches, woods, forests and rivers are all stunning and free to visit. This is a great way to connect with nature while relaxing and making memories.

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15. Play strip scrabble.

The rules to strip scrabble are pretty simple; whoever scores the lowest word each round has to take off an item of clothing. The winner can make any request to the loser, and they must do it—let the date night begin!

Featured photo credit: altanaka via shutterstock.com

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

  • honest
  • reliable
  • competent
  • kind and compassionate
  • capable of taking the blame
  • able to persevere
  • modest and humble
  • pacific and can control anger.

The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

“The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

Abigail Van Buren

3. How does this person take the blame?

Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

5. Read their emails.

Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

  • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
  • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
  • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
  • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
  • Too many question marks can show anger
  • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

6. Watch out for the show offs.

Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

8. Their empathy score is high.

Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

“One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

Stendhal

 10. Avoid toxic people.

These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

  • Envy or jealousy
  • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
  • Complaining about their own lack of success
  • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
  • Obsession with themselves and their problems

Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

Featured photo credit: Jacek Dylag via unsplash.com

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