50 Fun And Frugal Date Ideas To Save Money

50 Fun But Frugal Date Ideas To Save Money
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Let’s face it.  Dates can get really expensive and they can become a burden to any budget!  No matter which party in the relationship is shelling out the cash, a combination of getting drinks, food, and paying for entertainment eventually all adds up.

Luckily, you don’t need to pay a lot of money to have fun and enjoy time together.  Here are 50 frugal date ideas you can do with your partner to save money that don’t cost an arm and a leg or are totally free.

Paying for expensive dates adds up and it can become a burden to any budget!  Luckily, you don't need to spend a lot to have fun and enjoy time together. Here are 50 frugal date ideas you can do with your partner to save money that are either free or don't cost an arm and a leg. | budgeting | saving money | relationships | dating | free date ideas | dating ideas

1.  Go grocery shopping or a farmer’s market and cook a feast at home together.  Cooking at home is a lot cheaper than eating at an expensive restaurant so have some fun looking up some recipes, head to the grocery store, and cook your favorite meal together.

2.  Take a romantic walk down the beach at sunset.  

3.  Go hiking on a trail in the wilderness.

tourist frugal date

4.  Pretend you’re both tourists in your own city.  Don’t forget to bring a camera and a selfie-stick!

5.  Have a TV show marathon.  Binge watch all of the seasons of your favorite TV show together at home.

6.  Get cheap Groupon tickets to go-karting, mini golfing, sporting events, concerts, and more.  There are always deals on Groupon that will allow you to do fun local activities for a huge discount.  Don’t forget to also check out Stubhub for resale tickets!  Those 2 sites are perfect for those who love to be frugal because you can save a lot of money buying through those sites instead of directly from the vendor.

7.  Go to a pet adoption event together. 

biking frugal date

8.  Bike along the coast. 

9.  Join a local brewery tour and enjoy some beer samples.  Many of them will show you how they make their beer and are free to join.

10.  Go to a local food tasting event.

11.  Go wine tasting in the countryside.  If you’re going to spend the day outside of the city, go to your local vineyard and join a wine tasting tour.

thrift shopping frugal date

12.  Spend some time at the mall and window shop together.  Or go to a thrift store or outlet mall if you want some cheap deals!

13.  Set up a tent in the backyard and go stargazing.

14.  Spend the day at a museum.

15.  Attend an open house.  Pretend you’re looking for a new place with your partner.  It can be a whole lot of fun checking out houses or apartments for sale together especially if you’re into interior design.

ice cream frugal date

16.  Hit up a local ice cream joint.  This is always a great idea to cool down on a hot summer day!

17.  Volunteer at a charity or event together.

18.  Have a board game night at home and play your favorite childhood games.

19.  Enjoy a day at the zoo.  This is perfect for animal lovers!

20.  Play a racquet sport together such as tennis or squash. 

ferris wheel carnival

21.  Attend a local fair or carnival.  Get some funnel cake and play some games!

22.  Watch a movie at the drive-in.

23.  Go to a stand-up comedy club.  Don’t forget to check out deals from Groupon for your local comedy club.

24.  Hit up local garage sales.  One person’s junk is another person’s treasure.  You never know what you and your partner may find.

video games frugal date

25.  Play video games at home.

26.  Make ugly Christmas sweaters.  It’s never too early to make an ugly Christmas sweater!

27.  Go fishing at the break of dawn.

28.  Have a BBQ and roast marshmallows around the campfire.  This is perfect for chilly nights!

29.  Go to a paint night together and see who is the better artist.

movie night frugal date idea

30.  Have a movie night at home.  Make some popcorn and get cozy on the couch.  This is perfect during cold, winter nights!

31.  Go fruit picking.

32.  Go to the library or second-hand bookstore.  This is the perfect date idea for book lovers!

33.  Sing karaoke at home.

cooking class frugal date

34.  Take a cooking class.  Learn a cuisine you guys have both always been interested in trying.

35.  Go skating.  This is always a nice, romantic date idea in the winter.

36.  Finish a 1000-piece puzzle.

37.  Make a bucket list of things to do together in the future.  Want to travel the world?  Go skydiving?  Write them all down in a bucket list journal and start crossing things off your list!

desserts bake date idea

38.  Bake desserts.  Look on Pinterest for great dessert ideas!

39.  Test drive your dream cars.

40.  Turn up some music, pour some alcohol, and have a dance party at home.  Forget about going to the club!  Save money by having your own dance party at home and play music you actually like.

41.  Have fun at the local water park.  

wine frugal date

42.  Create your own beer or wine.  Check out beer kits and wine kits and make your own delicious drinks at home.  They also have create your own cider kits if that’s your thing!

43.  Go swimming at the local pool.  Also, check out a wave pool if you want to try something new and different.

44.  Have a spa night with massages, back rubs, and face masks.  This is perfect for a night where you and your partner want to relax after a busy day.

45.  Re-enact your first date night.

46.  Have a water balloon fight in your backyard.

47.  Enjoy some time at a dog park.  Any dog lover will really enjoy this!

picnic basket frugal date

48.  Have a picnic in the park on a bright and sunny day.

49.  Go tobogganing in the snow.

50.  Go rollerblading.

There you have it – 50 frugal date ideas!  I hope this list gives you some ideas on how to save some money on your next date but still have fun.

Paying for expensive dates adds up and it can become a burden to any budget! Luckily, you don't need to spend a lot to have fun and enjoy time together. Here are 50 frugal date ideas you can do with your partner to save money that are either free or don't cost an arm and a leg. | free date ideas | dating ideas #frugal #datenight #dateideas #relationships #frugalliving #budgeting #savingmoney

What are some date ideas you like that don’t break the bank?


  1. These are all such sweet date ideas! My partner and I are movie buffs, so we have a lot of movie nights at home, or we go to a local cinema that has really cheap tickets (like, less than half price of what the bigger cinemas charge!).

    We also enjoy visiting museums and aquariums together. We’ve had annual passes to our local aquarium for a few years now because we go so often, and you end up saving SO much money! ☺️

  2. My hubby and I love doing picnics! We don’t have a drive-in near us but we do like going to free outdoor movie screenings in the summer.

  3. Aw I loved reading through these ideas. My husband and I have been trying to find more activities that do not cost a lot of money so this is right up our alley!


  4. Oh what fantastic ideas! I love the idea of being a tourist in your own town too. Most cities publish some kind of ‘best of’ guide and if you can track that down, that can be a great way to discover places neither of you have been before!

  5. I love the mix of ideas between going out and staying home. Drive in theater is super fun but so are stay in netflix binge marathons!

  6. So many great ideas! My husband and I don’t go on enough dates but I will definitely be trying some of these!

  7. What a fabulous list! This would have taken me ages to think of and develop as they are all really great, appealing and practical ideas. So useful and something I can definitely use.

  8. Love this, biking, hiking and watch Netflix always the best one, super budget friendly!

  9. TV show marathon and anything related to the food are definitely the things that I’d love to do for a date in budget! πŸ˜€

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