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Last Updated on August 30, 2018

32 Cheap and Uniquely Fun Date Ideas for Couples (2018 Updated)

32 Cheap and Uniquely Fun Date Ideas for Couples (2018 Updated)

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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                    We all look for a better and happier life, but somehow we realize it’s our attitude that makes it hard to lead the life we want. How can we build a positive attitude? Grant Mathews has listed out the things (from the easiest to the hardest) we can do to cultivate this attitude on Quora:

                    1. Listen to good music.

                    Music definitely improves your mood, and it’s a really simple thing to do.

                    2. Don’t watch television passively.

                    Studies have shown that people who watch TV less are happier, which leads me to my next point…

                    3. Don’t do anything passively.

                    Whenever I do something, I like to ask myself if, at the end of the day, I would be content saying that I had spent time doing it. (This is why I block sites I find myself wasting too much time on. I enjoy them, but they’re just not worth it when I could be learning something new, or working on projects I care about.)

                    Time is incredibly valuable.

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                    4. Be aware of negativity

                    A community that considers itself intelligent tends to be negativity because criticizing is seen as a signaling mechanism to indicate that you’re more intelligent than the person you corrected. This was irrationally frustrating for me – it’s one of those things you’ll stay up all night to think about.

                    5. Make time to be alone.

                    I initially said “take time just to be alone.” I changed it because if you don’t ensure you can take a break, you’ll surely be interrupted.

                    Being with other people is something you can do to make you happy, but I don’t include it in this list because nearly everyone finds time to talk with friends. On the other hand, spending time just with yourself is almost considered a taboo.

                    Take some time to figure out who you are.

                    6. Exercise.

                    This is the best way to improve your immediate happiness.

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                    Exercise probably makes you happy. Try and go on a run. You’ll hate yourself while doing it, but the gratification that you get towards the end vastly outweighs the frustration of the first few attempts. I can’t say enough good things about exercise.

                    Exercising is also fantastic because it gives you time alone.

                    7. Have projects.

                    Having a goal, and moving towards it, is a key to happiness.

                    You have to realize though that achieving the goal is not necessarily what makes you happy – it’s the process. When I write music, I write it because writing is inherently enjoyable, not because I want to get popular (as if!).

                    8. Take time to do the things you enjoy.

                    That’s very general, so let me give you a good example.

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                    One of the things that has really changed my life was finding small communities centered around activities I enjoy. For instance, I like writing music, so I’m part of a community that meets up to write a song for an hour every week. I love the community. I’ve also written a song every week, 37 weeks in a row, which has gradually moved me towards larger goals and makes me feel very satisfied.

                    9. Change your definition of happiness.

                    Another reason I think I’m more happy than other people is because my definition of happiness is a lot more relaxed than most people’s. I don’t seek for some sort of constant euphoria; I don’t think it’s possible to live like that. My happiness is closer to stability.

                    10. Ignore things that don’t make you happy.

                    I get varying reactions to this one.

                    The argument goes “if something is making you unhappy, then you should find out why and improve it, not ignore it.” If you can do that, great. But on the other hand, there’s no reason to mope about a bad score on a test.

                    There’s another counterargument: perhaps you’re moping because your brain is trying to work out how to improve. In fact, this is the key purpose of depression: Depression’s Upside – NYTimes.com

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                    I can think of examples that go both ways. I remember, for instance, when I was debating a year or two ago and my partner and I would lose a round, I would mull over what we had done wrong for a long time. In that way, I got immensely better at debate (and public speaking in general – did you know debate has amazing effects on your public speaking ability? But now I really digress).

                    On the other hand, there’s no way that mulling over how dumb you were for missing that +x term on the left hand side will make you better at math. So stop worrying about it, and go practice math instead.

                    11. Find a way to measure your progress, and then measure it.

                    Video games are addictive for a reason: filling up an experience bar and making it to the next level is immensely satisfying. I think that it would be really cool if we could apply this concept to the real world.

                    I put this near the bottom of the list because, unfortunately, this hasn’t been done too often in the real world – startup idea, anyone? So you would have to do it yourself, which is difficult when you don’t even know how much you’ve progressed.

                    For a while, I kept a log of the runs I had taken, and my average speed. It was really cool to see my improvement over the weeks. (Also, I was exercising. Combining the two was fantastic for boosting happiness.)

                    12. Realize that happiness is an evolutionary reward, not an objective truth.

                    It’s easy to see that this is correct, but this is at the bottom of the list for a reason.

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