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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 March 25, 2020

                    How to Crush Your Lack of Motivation and Always Stay Motivated

                    How to Crush Your Lack of Motivation and Always Stay Motivated

                    How many times have you not achieved your goals and let yourself down due to your lack of motivation? When you’re not wallowing in sadness and self-pity, you are too busy procrastinating till you can’t anymore and before you know it, you are part of vicious cycle of anxiety and stress.

                    Whether it’s losing weight or bringing your business to fruition – motivation is essential for growth and success in every sphere of our lives.

                    That said, it is not easy staying motivated. In order to constantly stay motivated, you need to take ownership of your life and consciously make efforts in that direction.

                    Well, it’s never too late to take matters in your hands and change the course of your life. Here are 11 effective ways to crush your lack of motivation and always stay motivated:

                    1. Write Your Goals

                    The power of writing goals down has always been underestimated. Why write when you can remember, right? Wrong.

                    Our thoughts are all over the place and the first step to achieve your goals is to organize your thoughts. So, write your goals down, however big or small they might be. Make them as specific as possible and assign deadlines to each of them.

                    As you write them down and revisit them regularly, they get further drilled in your head, taking you closer to your goals. Doing this small exercise helps you to remain focused, motivated and lets you track your progress with ease.

                    Start today – take to your laptop or a diary and get down to writing what you wish to achieve in life.

                    2. Beat Procrastination

                    Your lack of motivation and procrastination go hand in hand. Every time you procrastinate, your motivation levels take a greater hit. The only way to bring an end to this loop is to stop procrastinating.

                    Next time you find yourself putting off something for ‘later’, stop and assess the reasons behind it. Get to the root of the cause and eliminate it in order to overcome this poor habit of procrastinating which is sabotaging your life and mental health.

                    Take a look at this guide and learn how to beat procrastination:

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                    What Is Procrastination (And the Complete Guide to Stop Procrastinating)

                    When you finally overcome procrastination, you will realize the positive impact it has on your mood and motivation levels.

                    3. Celebrate Small Wins

                    In the quest to achieve the bigger goals in life, we often forget to celebrate the smaller wins along the way. An achievement is an achievement – be it big or small, it deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated.

                    Finished a project on time? Reward yourself. Managed to run on the treadmill for a good one hour? Pat yourself on the back. Found time to meditate? Celebrate it.

                    It is these small achievements that reinstate that we are on the right path and take us one step closer to the bigger goals.

                    So, get into the habit of recognizing and appreciating small wins. You will be surprised to see how this practice helps you stay motivated.

                    4. Practice Gratitude

                    It’s easier to whine about what we don’t have rather than counting our blessings. Isn’t it?

                    Making gratefulness a part of your life is a very important step to retain high motivational levels. It revitalizes our spirits and renews our enthusiasm for life.

                    So, how do you practice gratitude? For starters, keep a gratitude journal to jot down what you are grateful for, express your gratitude to people you love and spread positivity wherever you go. If you need some inspiration to be thankful for, here it is:

                    60 Things To Be Thankful For In Life

                    By doing so, you begin to focus more on what you have rather than what you don’t and that is a great start to stay motivated.

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                    5. Be Optimistic

                    Life is not always hunky dory. There will be bad days when things aren’t going in your favor, when you feel lost and all you want to do is give up.

                    At such times, instead of letting negativity take over your life, adopt an optimistic approach to life. Quit overthinking, ask the right questions and focus on finding solutions.

                    Yes, there will be hurdles along the way but if you hang on to positive affirmations and hopes, the journey will be a lot smoother. So, with every passing day, sow the seeds of positivity and you are sure to build a positive environment around you.

                    6. Don’t Dwell on the Past

                    A lot of times, our lack of motivation stems from the habit of dwelling on the past. This gives rise to fear and regrets, preventing us from making progress in the present day.

                    Dwelling on the past is nothing but a waste of time. Understand that the past is long gone, and you cannot do anything to change that.

                    What you can do is make your present day worthwhile. Instead of looking back and having regrets, learn from your mistakes, forgive yourself and move on.

                    So, the next time you find your mind wandering off to the past, be determined to change the way you think and consciously concentrate on living in the present. This guide can help you:

                    10 Simple Steps To Let Go Of The Past

                    7. Face your Fears

                    You can never find motivation where there is fear. Identify the fear that is pulling you back and tackle it.

                    If you don’t face your fear head on, you cannot expect to conquer it and renew your motivation.

                    Ask yourself: What is stopping you? What are you scared of?

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                    Once you accept your fear, you can work on an action plan and think of solutions to overcome it. This article will give you some effective tips on conquering your fears:

                    How to Overcome Your Irrational Fears (That Stop You from Succeeding)

                    Seek external help if required but don’t choose to turn a blind eye over your fears – it will only aggravate matters.

                    8. Visualize your Success

                    You must have heard the famous quote, ‘see it to believe it’. That is exactly what visualization is about.

                    One of the most effective self-motivation techniques, visualizing the process to your desired outcome helps you move in a positive direction and achieve your goal.

                    Close your eyes and focus all your energies on the minutest of details that will take you where you want to reach. Doing this exercise everyday inspires you to keep going and not lose hope. The vision of attaining success will drive you to do better while instilling belief and confidence.

                    9. Find Inspiration

                    Can’t seem to find inspiration inwards? Don’t panic. There are plenty of external sources to gain inspiration from.

                    From motivational books and quotes to speeches, films and apps – it is a good idea to take help from motivational material to rekindle your spirits and regain your motivation.

                    Everyone is wired differently. For instance, a self-help book might work for your friend, but it might do nothing to move you. So, find what inspires you and turn to it when you are in desperate need for motivation.

                    Finding inspiration externally fills you with hope and sometimes that is all you need.

                    10. Enjoy Downtime

                    You are clearly exhausted with all the running you’re doing in life. So much, that you don’t even have time to stop and think what’s causing you so much unhappiness. All you know is that you are lacking motivation and everyday seems to have become a struggle.

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                    Now, that’s certainly not how you should live the rest of your life.

                    You need to schedule downtime for yourself, relax and give your mind and body some rest. Take a vacation, indulge in hobbies, meet some friends, put your hair down and stop with all the overthinking. It is important to do things that make you happy in order to think clearly and stay motivated.

                    11. Meditate Regularly

                    Meditation lets you take control of your mind. It improves focus and concentration while helping you relax.

                    Whenever you have had a tough day or find your thoughts going places, the best way to calm yourself down is by closing your eyes and meditating. It helps you to remove all the unnecessary frills in life and keeps you on the right track.

                    Include meditation in your daily schedule and you are sure to see an improvement in your productivity and motivation.

                    The Bottom Line

                    Practicing these simple exercises isn’t the tough part, what’s tough is religiously doing them every day.

                    However, don’t expect to get rid of your lack of motivation overnight. There will still be days when you will be low on energy but by making these conscious efforts to stay motivated, you are sure to see a vast change in your perspective and your response to bad days.

                    So, start today and be committed to making a positive change in your life.

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