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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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                    How to Say No When You Know You Say Yes Too Often

                    How to Say No When You Know You Say Yes Too Often

                    Do you say yes so often that you no longer feel that your own needs are being met? Are you wondering how to say no to people?

                    For years, I was a serial people pleaser[1]. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time, especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

                    But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

                    It took a long while, but I learned the art of saying no. Saying no meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. When that happened, I became a lot happier.

                    And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

                    The Importance of Saying No

                    When you learn the art of saying no, you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

                    In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

                    Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey, considered one of the most successful women in the world, confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything.

                    Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

                    Warren Buffett views “no” as essential to his success. He said:

                    “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

                    When I made “no” a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success, focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

                    How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

                    It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say no.

                    From an early age, we are conditioned to say yes. We said yes probably hundreds of times in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work, to get a promotion, to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

                    We say yes because we feel good when we help someone, because it can seem like the right thing to do, because we think that is key to success, and because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist.

                    And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves.

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                    At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we are feeling bad that we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

                    The message, no matter where we turn, is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

                    How Do You Say No Without Feeling Guilty?

                    Deciding to add the word “no” to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say no, but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of no that you could finally create more time for things you care about.

                    But let’s be honest, using the word “no” doesn’t come easily for many people.

                    3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

                    1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

                    Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time, especially you haven’t done it much in the past, will feel awkward. Your comfort zone is “yes,” so it’s time to challenge that and step outside that.

                    If you need help getting out of your comfort zone, check out this article.

                    2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

                    When you want to learn how to say no, remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it: who else knows about all of the demands in your life? No one.

                    Only you are at the center of all of these requests. You are the only one that understands what time you really have.

                    3. Saying No Means Saying Yes to Something That Matters

                    When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else that we may care more about. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

                    6 Ways to Start Saying No

                    Incorporating that little word “no” into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

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                    1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

                    One of the biggest challenges to saying no is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no will reflect poorly on you?

                    Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

                    2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

                    Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because of FOMO, even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

                    Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better[2].

                    3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say No

                    Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say yes because we worry about how others will respond or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose their respect. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

                    Keep in mind that saying no can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way.

                    You might disappoint someone initially, but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to. And it will often help others have more respect for you and your boundaries, not less.

                    4. When the Request Comes in, Sit on It

                    Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

                    Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say no. There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

                    5. Communicate Your “No” with Transparency and Kindness

                    When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest[3] to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

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                    How do you say no? 9 Healthy Ways to Say “No”

                      Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

                      Clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

                      6. Consider How to Use a Modified No

                      If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” as this will give you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

                      Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task, but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

                      Use the request as a way to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself.

                      Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project, but not by working all weekend. You’ll find yourself much happier.

                      More Tips on How to Say No

                      Featured photo credit: Chris Ainsworth via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] Science of People: 11 Expert Tips to Stop Being a People Pleaser and Start Doing You
                      [2] Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Tips to Get Over Your FOMO, or Fear of Missing Out
                      [3] Cooks Hill Counseling: 9 Healthy Ways to Say “No”

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