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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

32 Cheap and Uniquely Fun Date Ideas for Couples in 2019

32 Cheap and Uniquely Fun Date Ideas for Couples in 2019

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.

                    Featured photo credit: Stocksnap via stocksnap.io

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                    13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently

                    13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently

                    Let me begin by being 100% frank with you – everyone is capable of happiness.

                    Happiness is first a choice but it also takes persistence to maintain. Happiness is our birth right and my mission is to help as many people as I can live their happiest life.

                    My mission is to spread the message that everyone deserves happiness.

                    To live a happy life; however, you must do the work, gain the necessary knowledge, and increase your awareness.

                    You must fully embody this state and begin to think and feel happiness on every level of your being.

                    Often times, excuses present themselves and our mind gives us the reasons why we can’t be happy:

                    “I am too busy right now to focus on happiness”

                    “I will be happy when I finish school, when I have the money, when I am in the right relationship, when I have kids, when my children are older….”

                    “I would have had a happy life if this traumatic event had never happened”

                    “I don’t deserve happiness”

                    EVERYONE deserves happiness. The reason that you are here right now is because you have a purpose and you are on the earth to enjoy your journey.

                    Think BIGGER than your excuses. Push FARTHER than your complaints.

                    Don’t be pulled away from greatness. Get uncomfortable. At least these are what happy and successful people do on a daily basis.

                    This article highlights the top 13 tips and tricks of how happy people think and feel.

                    If you would like to begin embodying this life-changing state, then… Here are the 13 ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently:

                    1. Happy People Put Happiness First

                    Happy people have made the decision that their end goal is happiness.

                    Every situation, event, bad day ultimately ends with happiness.

                    To them, happiness is equivalent to sleep and water – it is a necessity to their life. To live an unhappy life is to have never lived at all.

                    The happy person asks,

                    “What would be the point of living if every day and moment were filled with negativity?”

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                    “Why would I deplete my energy on negativity when I expend less to be positive?”

                    They make happy-based decisions which means in EVERY MOMENT they choose happiness.

                    If their circumstances can’t change then they instead change their perspective, they look for the silver lining in the negative.

                    Happy people don’t let negativity steal their moments away – a positive mindset always prevails.

                    If you ask a happy person how their day was, they will always answer your question with a highlight or a lesson learned.

                    2. Happy People Embrace Pain

                    I know what you are thinking –

                    “No one is ALWAYS happy”

                    or …

                    “Even happy people get in bad moods”

                    and …

                    These statements are absolutely accurate.

                    Happy people aren’t always happy and they DO get into bad moods. They get overwhelmed, they feel defeated, and their feelings get hurt.

                    Happy people aren’t invincible and they feel pain just like everyone else. The only difference between happy people and people who let negativity run their lives is that…

                    Happy people quickly acknowledge their pain and they make a decision to find a way to transform their pain into something greater. They also use these 13 simple ways to shake off the sadness.

                    Happy people admit the negativity they feel and they do what it takes to get back into their natural state: happiness.

                    When your end goal is happiness, then you will find a way to achieve it no matter how much strength you have to muster.

                    3. Happy People Have a Happy Self-Image

                    We all have an image in our minds that we subconsciously live up to.

                    The reason that change is so hard is because our subconscious mind is programmed to live by how we define ourselves.

                    How are you currently defining yourself?

                    For happy people, they see themselves with a smile, positive outlook, and/or a bounce in their step. When an event or situation arises that brings in a negative emotion, they quickly change their state to resemble their natural self-image.

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                    When happy people are in a bad mood, it feels unusual to them because feeling negative isn’t aligned with how they see themselves.

                    When they feel upset, they acknowledge the negativity and look for a solution to bring their emotions to the level of how they perceive themselves.

                    Look at how you define yourself today – your mind and body are always trying to live up to the definition it is taught to believe.

                    Your body’s job is to keep you in a “normal” state because this is where it feels most comfortable.

                    If your self-image is happy, then your mind and body will naturally be brought back to where it feels at home. Your actions will be a clue to how you define yourself.

                    4. Happy People Have a Strong Support System

                    The happiest people know that it takes a village and they lean on others for support.

                    Happy people feel comfortable reaching out for help when they feel that their resistances are overpowering them. They quickly sense their negativity and they tell somebody.

                    Happy people ask for assistance when they can’t figure out a problem. Seeking help takes strength and it never gets in the way of their self-worth. Happy people appreciate the wisdom that their support system provides.

                    They have strong connections with the people who are close to them. They never trudge through tough times alone because jeopardizing their happiness for too long would be detrimental to their well-being.

                    5. Happy People Safeguard Their Minds from Negative Triggers

                    Warding off negativity is almost impossible when we live in a society that lives by what went wrong and feeds off of what could go wrong. News travels instantaneously so it would be unrealistic to shut this out of your life completely.

                    However, one strategy that happy people use to safeguard their minds is regulating their environment.

                    We have a lot of control on how we allow our environments to affect us. We can control our social media feed, the television shows and movies we watch, the books that we read, the people that we spend our time with, and the places that we hang out.

                    If happiness is your end goal, then take a good look at what is bringing you down. What triggers your unhappiness? See if there is anything in your environment that can be changed……

                    What we listen to, read, and who we hang out with influence our mind, what we think about, what we worry about, our reactions, and behaviors.

                    Happy people know what triggers a feeling of negativity and it feels out of alignment for them so they do what it takes to avoid it.

                    They might regulate their social media news feed to reflect the information that brings them positive energy. They might regulate the people that they spend their time with. It is important to hang out with like-minded people.

                    What are you triggers? How can you avoid the negativity in your environment?

                    These are ways that happy people regulate their environment and safeguard their minds.

                    6. Happy People Know When to Say “No”

                    Happy people know when to sit one out and say “no.” They do this to protect their happiness and well-being.

                    Life gets overwhelming – a lot of people need our attention and the to do list can seem never ending.

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                    Happy people give themselves permission to take the day off and they feel comfortable with saying “no” when their stress levels begin to climb. They understand that those around them aren’t benefiting from someone who is frazzled, overwhelmed, and tired.

                    A happy person identifies their negative emotion and then they quickly treat it to bring themselves back to their “normal” state, so that they can be at their best for not only themselves but for those around them, too.

                    A simple “no” can ultimately mean many more “yes’s” in the future because happiness has a long battery life. You can take a look at Leo Babauta’s article The Gentle Art of Saying No and learn to say no.

                    7. Happy People Are Good Evaluators

                    Happy people can quickly sense when something is off with themselves or others. They are very intuitive to happiness levels. When someone isn’t quite right, they are the first ones to notice.

                    Being able to evaluate happiness means that you can identify when negativity is lingering around for too long.

                    We all have bad days; however, the happy person evaluates often and quickly intervenes.

                    In other words, happy people frequently evaluate their state and immediately change when their pessimism is overshadowing their joy.

                    8. Happy People Bring Other People Up

                    What goes on inside of us is mirrored into our physical world.

                    What we think about literally consumes our life and is displayed in our work, relationships, and attitude.

                    Happy people naturally feel good inside and about themselves so they treat others the way that they treat themselves. It never feels forced to give a compliment or to help out a stranger.

                    When we are truly happy with ourselves, everyone around us has a better experience. Happy people are kind to themselves and because of this, it feels natural to them to want to make others’ happy, too.

                    9. Happy People Go After Their Dreams

                    Happy people are always following the joyful path. They make happy-based decisions and because of this, they always end up where they want to be.

                    It’s absolutely impossible to be happy by following an undesirable path, which is quite opposite for unhappy people.

                    Most people journey through life on a path they think they are “supposed” to be own. Warning signs (negativity) are often ignored because they truly believe that these feelings are a normal part of life.

                    Negativity is NOT normal.

                    The happiest people investigate the negativity in their life and quickly analyze the results. This process allows them to get back on the joyful path which ends in a desirable outcome.

                    Follow your happiness and your dreams will come true (If that isn’t motivation then I don’t know what is!)

                    In addition to happiness, here are 14 amazing things that happen when you live your passion.

                    10. Happy People Never Sweat the Small Stuff

                    The only expectation that the happy person has is that they remain in a joyful state.

                    They rarely have expectations for the events and people in their lives because they know that this is a sure way to get let down.

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                    The happiest people take life as it comes – you could say that they roll with the punches. When you don’t have expectations, thenyoue can just sit back and watch how beautifully life unfolds.

                    Happy people understand that bad things are inevitable, they are a part of life – The car will break, the kids will make mistakes, people will be late, and dinner will burn.

                    If it’s not anything seriously affecting their lives, then they don’t give their energy to it.

                    11. Happy People Rarely Have to Prove That They Are Right

                    Happy people remember that it’s more important to live up to what they believe. When you live your life aligned with your belief system, then there is no need to explain or prove yourself to others.

                    Differences in opinions are inevitable, but the happiest of people know it’s wasted energy to defend their position.

                    It is more effective to simply show people, through actions, how you think, feel, and what you believe.

                    Energy is saved, arguments are diminished, and credibility/respect are gained when we live by what we believe.

                    12. Happy People Smile (Even When They Don’t Want To)

                    Smiling is one of the healthiest things we can do; and happy people use this simple trick quite often.

                    It has been proven that smiling has the ability to boost your immune system, decrease stress levels, and can even make you look younger. The benefits of smiling have even been backed up by science.[1]

                    Better yet, smiling is contagious. When you engage in a quick smile, you are likely to brighten someone else’s day along with your own. It is no wonder why happy people smile often!

                    13. Happy People Live Life in the Present Moment.

                    When we are genuinely happy, we are living for the moment.

                    Happy people let go of the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future. They take the moments for what they are worth – they only invest their energy in what feels right to them.

                    Everyone is capable of living a happy-centered life. You deserve a life that you desire – your dream life. All you have to start doing is make happy-based decisions TODAY.

                    In every moment, decide on what makes you happy – decide on what gets you excited. Stop doing what you don’t love, don’t listen to the people that you dislike.

                    If you are engaging in something that isn’t bringing you joy, then quit doing it. Listen to your heart, stop ignoring the warning signs (negativity) because they are there for a reason.

                    I have observed, studied, and interviewed some of the happiest and most successful people along with some of the most miserable and self-loathing.

                    It starts with one decision – happiness.

                    The happiest, most successful people choose happiness with EACH and EVERY decision. And you can start doing this today.

                    Featured photo credit: Autumn Goodman via unsplash.com

                    Reference

                    [1] Harvard Business Review: The Science Behind the Smile

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