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Last Updated on January 2, 2020

32 Cheap and Uniquely Fun Date Ideas for Couples in 2020

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.

                    Featured photo credit: Stocksnap via stocksnap.io

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                    Last Updated on January 16, 2020

                    12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

                    12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

                    The way you feel about yourself greatly influences how you live and interact with others. If you are confident about yourself, you tend to see yourself positively and actually enjoy spending time with and around people. You don’t feel self-conscious or awkward around others, and that allows you to live your fullest and happiest life.

                    However, if you’re drowning in a sea of self-doubt, hesitancy and shyness, you often withdraw and isolate yourself from others and avoid interacting and connecting with people. That anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach when you are around people is holding you back greatly and it is not good for your emotional health and overall well-being. You need to do something about it if you are low in self-confidence or have friends or family members who are not confident.

                    “Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone” – Anonymous

                    Here are simple, practical tips to boost your confidence right now and make you feel and act your best.

                    1. Stop labeling yourself as awkward, timid or shy.

                    When you label yourself as awkward, timid or shy, you sub-consciously tell your mind to act accordingly and psychologically feel inclined to live up to those expectations. Instead of labeling and entertaining negative self-talk, visualize and affirm yourself as confident and strong. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself in different situation as you would like to be.

                    Be your own cheerleader. Experts believe that positive affirmation and good mental practices like picturing yourself winning or achieving a goal can lead to greater feelings of self-assurance and prepare your brain for success.[1] As the saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Picture yourself as confident and soon enough you will begin to manifest behavior that gives evidence to this new ‘fact.’

                    2. Recognize that the world is not focused on you (unless, of course, you are Kanye West).

                    That means you don’t have to be excessively sensitive about who you are or what you are doing (or not doing). You are not on the center stage; there is no need for preoccupation with self and perfectionism. As rap music star Rocko sings, “You just do you and I will do me, aight?”

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                    Forget about trying to please everyone or being perfect. Trying to be perfect and being a people-pleaser puts too much pressure on you and creates unnecessary anxiety. Besides, people are too preoccupied with their own issues to pay much attention to your every move unless, of course, you are a mega famous, super celebrity like Beyonce or Kanye West.

                    3. Focus on other people as opposed to yourself.

                    If you are low on confidence, self-conscious, nervous and shy in social situations, focus your attention on other people and what they are saying or doing instead of focusing on your own awkwardness.

                    For example, think about what it is that is interesting about the person who’s the centre of the party or the guy or girl you are talking with. Prompt them to talk more about themselves and be genuinely curious and interested in what they say. You will instantly come across as confident and warmhearted.

                    People generally want to talk about themselves, be heard and understood. They will love it when you’re eager and willing to listen to them and really hear what they have to say.

                    This habit of focusing more on what you love in others as opposed to what you dislike in yourself will not only help you become more assertive and comfortable in virtually all social situations, but also instantly make you feel great about yourself.

                    4. Know (and accept) yourself for who you are.

                    Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Even in the battle with lack of confidence, you will need to know yourself to win.

                    Knowing yourself starts with understanding that people are not all the same, neither are all social situation suitable for everyone. You might not be confident in large gatherings, but you could be bold and confident in one-on-one and small group interactions. We all have our own unique gifts and unique ways of expressing ourselves. Embrace yours!

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                    Introverts, for example, have a quiet confidence that is, unfortunately, often confused for shyness. They are naturally low key and prefer to spend time alone. However, this natural disposition affords them certain unique gifts, such as an ability to listen better than most people and notice things that others don’t.

                    Your uniqueness is where your strength and advantage lies. You won’t be comfortable and confident in all situations all the time. Albert Einstein said,

                    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

                    5. Crack a smile.

                    If there is one sure way to instantly boost your confidence, it’s cracking a smile. Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at The George Washington University, says that flashing those pretty, pearly white teeth will immediately make you appear both confident and composed. But, the effect of smiling is not just external. Studies show that smiling can also help nix feelings of stress and pave the way for a happier and more relaxed you.[2]

                    Not a bad return for something seemingly so trite, wouldn’t you agree?

                    6. Break a sweat—with exercise.

                    Working out is another great way to make yourself feel amazing and confident. Science has shown that exercising increases your endorphins, helps reduce stress, tones your muscles and makes you feel happy and confident.[3]

                    And hey, all you have to do is take a walk a few times a week and you’ll see the benefits. What seems to matter—as far as your confidence goes—is whether you break a sweat, not how strenuous your session is, which is pretty cool. Start working out now.

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                    7. Groom yourself.

                    This might seem mundane, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and shave can have on your confidence and self-image. And when you spritz on a scent, the boost on confidence and self-esteem is incredible. As it turns out, your favorite fragrance does more than make you smell oh-so-nice.

                    A study found that a fragrance can inspire confidence in men. Interestingly, the study also found that the more a man likes the fragrance, the more confident he might feel. Another study found that 90% of women feel more confident while wearing a scent than those who go fragrance-free.

                    8. Dress nicely.

                    Another one that might seem trite, but it works. If you dress nicely, you’ll instantly feel good about yourself and give your confidence a real boost. That is largely because you’ll feel attractive, presentable and sometimes even successful in nice clothes.

                    While dressing nicely means something different for everyone, it does not necessarily mean wearing $500 designer outfits. It means wearing clothes that are clean, that you are comfortable in and that are nice-looking and presentable, including casual clothes.

                    9. Do activities you enjoy.

                    Whether it is reading a book, playing a musical instrument, riding your bicycle or going fishing, do what you really enjoy and what makes you truly happy often. It will boost your self-esteem, soothe your ego and allow you to identify with your gifts and talents. That will in turn bolster your self-belief and grow your confidence exponentially.

                    You might not become popular for doing what you love, but you might not even want to be popular at all. Being popular doesn’t make you happy; doing what you love does.

                    10. Prepare for the possibility of rejection / setback.

                    Late World No. 1 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” You need to prepare for the possibility of rejection and setback.

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                    Why?

                    Everybody suffers rejection and setback at one point or another. You are not exempted. The question on your mind, therefore, should not be if you will be rejected, but how you will handle rejection when it comes.

                    Prepare yourself adequately in every situation to minimize the risk and effect of rejection and so that your confidence is not broken. For example, learn public speaking and rehearse what you are going to say beforehand if you have landed a public speaking engagement. That way, you are sure of yourself and confident you have what it takes to hack it. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally.

                    Rejection and setbacks happen to the best of us. Take it as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

                    11. Face uncomfortable situations square in the face.

                    Don’t run away from uncomfortable situations. Running away from people or situations because you feel scared, shy or timid only confirms and reinforces your shyness. Instead, face the situation that makes you uneasy square in the face. For example, go ahead and talk to that person you are afraid to approach, or go straight to the front of your yoga class! What’s the worst that can happen?

                    Prepare and be ready for any eventuality. The more you face your fears, the more you realize you are stronger than you thought and the more confident you get. This simple, yet admittedly courageous, act makes you unstoppable. You get comfortable being uncomfortable and begin to feel like you can take on the world. And that is the hallmark of someone destined for great things.

                    12. Sit up straight and walk tall—you are awesome!

                    Yes, sit up straight and believe you are awesome. Don’t slump in your chair or slouch your shoulders. Experts say the right stance can not only keep your self-esteem and mood lifted, but also lead to more confidence in your own thoughts.[4]

                    The way to sit is to open up your chest and keep your head level so that you look and feel poised and assured. And when you get up, stand tall and walk like you’re on a mission. People who sit up straight and walk tall are more attractive and instantly feel more confident. Try it now: you’ll feel fierce and confident just by sitting up straight and walking tall.

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