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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.

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                    The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                    The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

                    In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

                    Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

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                    Conflicts are literally everywhere.

                    Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

                    Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

                    Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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                    Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

                    Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

                    Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

                    The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

                    Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

                    Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

                    How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

                    Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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                    Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

                    Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

                    How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

                    Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

                    Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

                    Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

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                    Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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                    Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

                    Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

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                    Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

                    Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

                    Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

                    How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

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                    Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

                    Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

                    How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

                    Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

                    Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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