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32 Cheap and Uniquely Fun Date Ideas for Couples in 2020

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32 Cheap and Uniquely Fun Date Ideas for Couples in 2020

Spending quality time together with another person doesn’t need to cost that much, after all, love doesn’t cost anything. Sometimes the most fun you’ll ever experience costs little to nothing. If you’re low on money or just tired of the same kind of dates over and over again, then try these unique, cheap and fun date ideas to enjoy some new experiences with your partner:

1. Go on a Virtual Vacation Together

Take a 3-D virtual tour around the world together with 360 Cities. Pick a different city to explore once a month together.

    You can even plan out a vacation together! Even if you don’t go, it’s still fun to plan something together and spend time finding out what you and your partner would like to do or see.

    2. Watch Funny YouTube Videos

    Compile a list of funny YouTube videos to share together or take a look at some lists people have already put together online:

    3. Stargaze While Laying on a Blanket Outside

    Grab a blanket and go outside in your yard, snuggle up together with some hot chocolate and watch for shooting stars. Use a free astronomy app to see which constellations and planets you’re looking at in the night sky in front of you. This is an especially great idea whenever there’s a meteor shower to watch.

    Check out when you can watch one of the amazing meteor showers this year: The Eta Aquariids and More Meteor Showers That Will Light Up Night Skies in 2018

    4. Grab Some Water Guns at Your Local Dollar Store and Have a Water Gun Fight

    Or you could always opt for water balloons and pelt each other with them. This is a fun outdoor activity in which you can play hide and seek, run around like kids and generally have a fun time.

    To make it even more fun, you can try some of these water gun activities with your partner too.

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      5. Game Night With Stakes

      Have a game night with stakes set ahead of time. The stakes could be anything you want, like something your partner has to do for you if they lose, or it could be something around the house, like they have to do all the chores for a week, or perhaps something a little frisky, like they have to undress for you and do as you say.

      You could play anything, a game of cards, board games, or even a video game.

      6. Picnic at a Local Park

      Pack a lunch for the two of you and be sure to bring some bread to feed the ducks if there’s a pond. Enjoy a nice day outside walking around the park and pick a spot to sit down and share lunch. You could even bring a game along to play after you’ve enjoyed the park.

      Thinking about what to eat for picnic? Here’re some great ideas for you: 15 Refreshing Picnic Food Ideas For The Summer

        7. Share a Milkshake, a Frosty, Cookies, Dessert or Some Other Snack

        Grab just dessert together somewhere. It could be a cheap Frosty from Wendy’s, a milkshake that you share with two straws, two cookies, or a large piece of pie. Grab something that both of you like and split it with each other. Remember whipped cream on top of anything makes it even better. You could even go to the store and grab a small dessert or ice cream to indulge in together.

        8. Have a Spa Night at Home Giving Each Other a Massage

        Be sure to include candles, massage oil, and essential oils. Feathers make for a great add-on to a massage; just rub them over your partner before, during, or after the massage.

        To help you turn your home into a spa, here’s a checklist for you:[1]

          9. at Home Themed Dinner and a Movie Night

          Choose which cuisine you and your partner would like to make together (Mexican, Italian, Asian, Thai, etc.) and pick a dish to make at home. Watch a free movie at home using Popcorn TimeHulu or Netflix if you have a subscription, or pick up a movie from Redbox (you can get codes for free or discounted rentals all the time).

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          10. Write a Piece of Fiction Together

          Sit at a coffee shop or at home together and take turns writing lines.

          11. Volunteer Together

          Make DIY homeless care kits or volunteer with a local organization. This site may help you to find a volunteering opportunity that matches you and your partner’s interests.

          12. Have a Staycation at an Airbnb Home

          You can feel like traveling abroad without really flying to another place. Book a day or two in a nearby Airbnb. You may find some really unique and amazing homes to stay in and relax with your partner.

          Check out this article for some ideas on how wonderful the Airbnb homes can be: 15 Wonderful Airbnb Homes That Will Inspire You to Live a Little Differently

            13. Do Something Together Outdoors Like Walking, Running, Hiking, Biking, or Swimming

            Get outside and get some sunshine and fresh air together. Being active together and/or exercising together can help both of you.

            14. Movie Marathon Weekend

            Pick a trilogy or a series to watch and marathon it all weekend. If you can’t think of one at the moment, here’s a list of Best Movie Series recommended by IMDb.

            15. Make Some Crafts Together

            Crafts aren’t just for kids! Check out Pinterest for lots of creative DIY craft ideas that are easy and fun. Make paintings and other stuff for your home.

            16. Chocolate Tasting Night.

            Buy different types of chocolate to taste test and compare:[2]

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              17. Go on a Scavenger Hunt Together

              Participate in a local scavenger hunt or create one of your own. You can find lots of scavenger hunt ideas for grownups here.

              18. Watch a Movie at Home on Mute While the Two of You Improvise the Language

              This could make for a really fun and silly time! Just make up fun stuff as you go along; the funnier the better.

              19. Watch the Sunrise And/Or Sunset (Even Better From the Beach). Pack a Blanket and Some Snacks to Share

              Pack a picnic breakfast, dinner, or snack, and cuddle with your partner while watching the sunrise or sunset.

              20. Take a Free Class and Learn Something Together

              Take a free class, either locally or online, together. Learn something new together, maybe a new language, a new skill, cook something new together or read a book together.

              You can even pair the chocolate up with some wine.

              21. Watch Airplanes Take off and Land

              Go to your local airport. Make sure you’re in a good area that you’re allowed to be in and watch the planes take off and land.

              22. Build a Fort and Make out Inside of It

              Build a cute little fort and make your way inside of it. Crawl under it together and make out.

                23. Play a Game of Putt-Putt Golf

                Putt-putt golf makes for an inexpensive, yet fun date. Take turns hitting the golf ball into 18 holes; keep score to see who wins.

                24. Play a Game of Pool at Your Local Pool Hall

                Challenge each other to a game of pool.

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                25. Watch a Local Sporting Event (Football, Baseball, Basketball)

                Take in a local football game on a Friday night.

                26. Ask Each Other Lots of Questions to Get to Know One Another Even Better

                To help you out, here’s a list of 100 Questions to Ask Your Partner on Date Nights.

                27. Light Charcoal in Terracotta Pots Lined With Foil for Tabletop S’Mores

                This is a cool dessert idea.

                charcoal in terracotta pots

                  28. Dance Together

                  You can slow dance or learn how to do a specific kind of dance with your partner. Put on a slow song and get romantic. I’ve got you a playlist of all the best slow dance songs here.

                  29. Go to a Local Museum That’s Free or Cheap

                  Museums give you a chance to get out, walk around, learn some new things, and enjoy spending time together. Science and art museums are awesome choices.

                  30. Go on a Local Road Trip

                  Search for local attractions that you haven’t explored yet. Research a couple of places you haven’t been to around your local area and plan a trip together.

                    31. Explore a Virtual Haunted House Together

                    A little bit of excitement can spark up your relationship. While visiting a real haunted house maybe too scary, you can try the virtual ones. Check out these interactive haunted house or Fright Bytes haunted house.

                    32. Go on a Geo-Caching Treasure Hunt

                    There are different types of geo-catching. Search for nearby geocaches and have fun finding treasure together.

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                    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

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                    How to Overcome the Fear of Public Speaking (A Step-by-Step Guide)

                    You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.

                    Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.

                    Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.

                    Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:

                    1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically

                    According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.

                    “Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor

                    Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help calm the mind and nerves. Here are some useful ways to calm your racing heart when you start to feel the butterflies in your stomach:

                    Warming up

                    If you’re nervous, chances are your body will feel the same way. Your body gets tense, your muscles feel tight or you’re breaking in cold sweat. The audience will notice you are nervous.

                    If you observe that this is exactly what is happening to you minutes before a speech, do a couple of stretches to loosen and relax your body. It’s better to warm up before every speech as it helps to increase the functional potential of the body as a whole. Not only that, it increases muscle efficiency, improves reaction time and your movements.

                    Here are some exercises to loosen up your body before show time:

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                    1. Neck and shoulder rolls – This helps relieve upper body muscle tension and pressure as the rolls focus on rotating the head and shoulders, loosening the muscle. Stress and anxiety can make us rigid within this area which can make you feel agitated, especially when standing.
                    2. Arm stretches – We often use this part of our muscles during a speech or presentation through our hand gestures and movements. Stretching these muscles can reduce arm fatigue, loosen you up and improve your body language range.
                    3. Waist twists – Place your hands on your hips and rotate your waist in a circular motion. This exercise focuses on loosening the abdominal and lower back regions which is essential as it can cause discomfort and pain, further amplifying any anxieties you may experience.

                    Stay hydrated

                    Ever felt parched seconds before speaking? And then coming up on stage sounding raspy and scratchy in front of the audience? This happens because the adrenaline from stage fright causes your mouth to feel dried out.

                    To prevent all that, it’s essential we stay adequately hydrated before a speech. A sip of water will do the trick. However, do drink in moderation so that you won’t need to go to the bathroom constantly.

                    Try to avoid sugary beverages and caffeine, since it’s a diuretic – meaning you’ll feel thirstier. It will also amplify your anxiety which prevents you from speaking smoothly.

                    Meditate

                    Meditation is well-known as a powerful tool to calm the mind. ABC’s Dan Harris, co-anchor of Nightline and Good Morning America weekend and author of the book titled10% Happier , recommends that meditation can help individuals to feel significantly calmer, faster.

                    Meditation is like a workout for your mind. It gives you the strength and focus to filter out the negativity and distractions with words of encouragement, confidence and strength.

                    Mindfulness meditation, in particular, is a popular method to calm yourself before going up on the big stage. The practice involves sitting comfortably, focusing on your breathing and then bringing your mind’s attention to the present without drifting into concerns about the past or future – which likely includes floundering on stage.

                    Here’s a nice example of guided meditation before public speaking:

                    2. Focus on your goal

                    One thing people with a fear of public speaking have in common is focusing too much on themselves and the possibility of failure.

                    Do I look funny? What if I can’t remember what to say? Do I look stupid? Will people listen to me? Does anyone care about what I’m talking about?’

                    Instead of thinking this way, shift your attention to your one true purpose – contributing something of value to your audience.

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                    Decide on the progress you’d like your audience to make after your presentation. Notice their movements and expressions to adapt your speech to ensure that they are having a good time to leave the room as better people.

                    If your own focus isn’t beneficial and what it should be when you’re speaking, then shift it to what does. This is also key to establishing trust during your presentation as the audience can clearly see that you have their interests at heart.[1]

                    3. Convert negativity to positivity

                    There are two sides constantly battling inside of us – one is filled with strength and courage while the other is doubt and insecurities. Which one will you feed?

                    ‘What if I mess up this speech? What if I’m not funny enough? What if I forget what to say?’

                    It’s no wonder why many of us are uncomfortable giving a presentation. All we do is bring ourselves down before we got a chance to prove ourselves. This is also known as a self-fulfilling prophecy – a belief that comes true because we are acting as if it already is. If you think you’re incompetent, then it will eventually become true.

                    Motivational coaches tout that positive mantras and affirmations tend to boost your confidents for the moments that matter most. Say to yourself: “I’ll ace this speech and I can do it!”

                    Take advantage of your adrenaline rush to encourage positive outcome rather than thinking of the negative ‘what ifs’.

                    Here’s a video of Psychologist Kelly McGonigal who encourages her audience to turn stress into something positive as well as provide methods on how to cope with it:

                    4. Understand your content

                    Knowing your content at your fingertips helps reduce your anxiety because there is one less thing to worry about. One way to get there is to practice numerous times before your actual speech.

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                    However, memorizing your script word-for-word is not encouraged. You can end up freezing should you forget something. You’ll also risk sounding unnatural and less approachable.

                    “No amount of reading or memorizing will make you successful in life. It is the understanding and the application of wise thought that counts.” – Bob Proctor

                    Many people unconsciously make the mistake of reading from their slides or memorizing their script word-for-word without understanding their content – a definite way to stress themselves out.

                    Understanding your speech flow and content makes it easier for you to convert ideas and concepts into your own words which you can then clearly explain to others in a conversational manner. Designing your slides to include text prompts is also an easy hack to ensure you get to quickly recall your flow when your mind goes blank.[2]

                    One way to understand is to memorize the over-arching concepts or ideas in your pitch. It helps you speak more naturally and let your personality shine through. It’s almost like taking your audience on a journey with a few key milestones.

                    5. Practice makes perfect

                    Like most people, many of us are not naturally attuned to public speaking. Rarely do individuals walk up to a large audience and present flawlessly without any research and preparation.

                    In fact, some of the top presenters make it look easy during showtime because they have spent countless hours behind-the-scenes in deep practice. Even great speakers like the late John F. Kennedy would spend months preparing his speech beforehand.

                    Public speaking, like any other skill, requires practice – whether it be practicing your speech countless of times in front of a mirror or making notes. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect!

                    6. Be authentic

                    There’s nothing wrong with feeling stressed before going up to speak in front of an audience.

                    Many people fear public speaking because they fear others will judge them for showing their true, vulnerable self. However, vulnerability can sometimes help you come across as more authentic and relatable as a speaker.

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                    Drop the pretence of trying to act or speak like someone else and you’ll find that it’s worth the risk. You become more genuine, flexible and spontaneous, which makes it easier to handle unpredictable situations – whether it’s getting tough questions from the crowd or experiencing an unexpected technical difficulty.

                    To find out your authentic style of speaking is easy. Just pick a topic or issue you are passionate about and discuss this like you normally would with a close family or friend. It is like having a conversation with someone in a personal one-to-one setting. A great way to do this on stage is to select a random audience member(with a hopefully calming face) and speak to a single person at a time during your speech. You’ll find that it’s easier trying to connect to one person at a time than a whole room.

                    With that said, being comfortable enough to be yourself in front of others may take a little time and some experience, depending how comfortable you are with being yourself in front of others. But once you embrace it, stage fright will not be as intimidating as you initially thought.

                    Presenters like Barack Obama are a prime example of a genuine and passionate speaker:

                    7. Post speech evaluation

                    Last but not the least, if you’ve done public speaking and have been scarred from a bad experience, try seeing it as a lesson learned to improve yourself as a speaker.

                    Don’t beat yourself up after a presentation

                    We are the hardest on ourselves and it’s good to be. But when you finish delivering your speech or presentation, give yourself some recognition and a pat on the back.

                    You managed to finish whatever you had to do and did not give up. You did not let your fears and insecurities get to you. Take a little more pride in your work and believe in yourself.

                    Improve your next speech

                    As mentioned before, practice does make perfect. If you want to improve your public speaking skills, try asking someone to film you during a speech or presentation. Afterwards, watch and observe what you can do to improve yourself next time.

                    Here are some questions you can ask yourself after every speech:

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                    • How did I do?
                    • Are there any areas for improvement?
                    • Did I sound or look stressed?
                    • Did I stumble on my words? Why?
                    • Was I saying “um” too often?
                    • How was the flow of the speech?

                    Write everything you observed down and keep practicing and improving. In time, you’ll be able to better manage your fears of public speaking and appear more confident when it counts.

                    If you want even more tips about public speaking or delivering a great presentation, check out these articles too:

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