10 Romantic and Cheap Date Night Ideas

January 30, 2017
10 Cheap, creative, and romantic date night ideas for couples.
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Need some date night ideas that aren’t going to break the bank and have you and bae living in the po’ house?

Well, I do and since Valentine’s day is upon us, I thought I’d take it upon myself to conjure up more than enough ideas for all of us.

Some of these ideas are free, some of them will cost you a little money; however, the goal is to provide you with a list of ideas that are romantic and cheap.

So, without further adieu, let’s get into this list of date night ideas so you can make plans for you and your love.


10 Cheap, creative, and romantic date night ideas for couples.


10 Romantic and Cheap Date Night Ideas


1) Cook a meal together using Chef’d, a meal in a box.


chef'd meal plan delivery for date night ideas


I included this one first because this is actually what I have planned for me and my babycakes this Valentine’s Day.

Of course, I’m naturally skeptical of spending money on one of these food subscription boxes; however, I decided to sign in and take a look at the meals it offers and I was pleasantly surprised.

There are quite a few meals in there that the hubs and I would totally dig and when I compared it to what we usually spend to go out to eat at our local favorite restaurant, we actually spend more eating out!

Since going out to eat involves getting a babysitter and leaving the house, we will save on gas and tip by cooking a really good meal together at home.

I haven’t chosen the meal we will prepare yet, but I’m going to stick to a price range of $39 and below.  Of course, I will let you all know how it turns out.

Learn more about Chef’d and their amazing meal boxes here.


2) Check out


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If cooking ain’t your thang and you must venture out on your upcoming date night, check out first!  I know sometimes it doesn’t seem like you can score a good deal on this site (depends on your area), but sometimes I’ve gotten lucky enough to come across a few good deals.

You may be able to score up to 50% off your final bill. Plus, they just rolled out something new, Dine@Home, where you can get discounts on meals you can prepare at home too. You know, just in case you change your mind and decide to try your luck with cooking.


3) Paint together.


cheap and romantic date night ideas


I know the paint night out dates are fun, but they aren’t necessarily cheap unless you grab a deal on Groupon.

Well, I’ve got a better idea!

Go to Michael’s and grab you some canvases with their 40 percent off coupons. Grab some paint brushes and paint while you’re in there.

Then, go to the grocery store for some wine, strawberries, and such.

Now head on over and find a canvas painting for beginners tutorial on Youtube.


4) Go out for dessert only.


dessert date night out with spouse


I saw this cute idea for a nice family valentine’s day dinnerwhich is a great option if you want to do something with your kiddos.

You could plan something similar to do with your kids and perhaps ask the grands to come over and do some Netflix and chill at your house while the kiddos sleep.

This would allow you and your significant other to sneak out to an upscale restaurant and indulge in some sinfully sweet dessert and an adult beverage.


5) Get a couple’s massage Groupon deal.


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Enjoy a little relaxation and be at ease knowing you didn’t spend a fortune doing so with Groupon.

They usually feature deals 50 to 80 percent off of retail price! You’ll save major bucks and make sure you do a google search for any additional coupon codes you might be able to scrounge up!

See what other great deals Groupon is featuring too. Who knows, you may be able to dine out, go on a weekend getaway, and other fun stuff too.


6) Go $5 shopping.


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Yes, you read that right. You and your partner both get five bucks each!  Head to your local dollar store and give each other thirty minutes to do their shopping.

You can do one of the following:

  1. Find $5 worth of things to gift each other. Bonus points if your partner likes everything you picked out for them.
  2. Or, find $5 worth of things that you can use back home together to end your date. Think puzzles, crafts, dessert, hot chocolate, cook a meal.
  3. Which leads me to my next point – yes, cook each other a $5 meal using the items you purchased at the dollar store. Now this should be really interesting!  Please let me know if you do it!


6) Go to an arcade.


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That’s if you can even find an arcade!  It sort of makes me sad that all of those nostalgic things we did as kids are becoming somewhat obsolete. Going to the arcade used to be so much fun!

The only arcade type of set up I can think of these days are Dave and Buster’s and Frankie’s Fun Park. If that’s all you have in your neighborhood, hit them up for you next date night.

Of course, set a budget before you go. You can end up broke as heck fooling around with those kinds of establishments!


7) Create a campfire, make some s’mores and play a game.


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You can do this indoor or outdoor, but light up the fire and grab some marshmallows. Include your favorite sweets and graham crackers.  Enjoy each other’s company and play a game of twenty-one questions.


8)  Volunteer together at a shelter.


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Share your love with others and do some volunteer work at a local shelter. Serving a meal and sharing your presence with others is a great way to spend any day with each other.

Check out details with your local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, or food banks to see where your extra hands are needed. I’m sure you won’t have trouble finding somewhere to volunteer.


9) Make Boo Scrapbooks.


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Go through all of those old love letters you’ve written each other and find special pictures of each other. Don’t forget those old movie stubs or concert tickets you’ve collected over the years either. Each of you can create a scrapbook to give to one another that captures the essence of the love you two share.


10) Dust off your Nintendo.


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I’m secretly excited about these classic Nintendos I’ve seen popping up everywhere. Talking about nostalgia? Honey, I loved me some Super Mario Brothers and good ole Duck Hunt.

Now how fun would it be if you got to play this with your spouse? I would love to get my hands on one of those plastic guns and show my husband how to take down a bird. I would also love to prove to him that I could get farther in a game of Mario too.

If you were too young to have had the opportunity to play the Nintendo with your spouse, they are back on the market and you can now have your chance. Have fun, because I know I will as soon as I get a chance!


Wrapping Thangs Up

As you can see, there are plenty of cheap and affordable date night ideas, you just have to get creative.

While I’m sure there’s plenty to add to the list, these are fun and simple and will surely keep the hubs and I busy for at least half of the year.

So regardless of whether it’s Valentine’s day or any other day of the year, put some of these ideas to work and show your spouse just how much they mean to you.


Which of these date night ideas do you think you and your significant other would enjoy?


Latoya Scott
CFEI/Social Entrepreneur
Latoya Scott is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and personal finance writer with a mission to help millennials learn how to stop living paycheck to paycheck so they can become financially carefree.

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  • Kenya January 30, 2017 at 11:38 am

    This is a great list. We are gonna have to figure out some family themed ideas.
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  • Kemkem January 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    They all sound wonderful, especially the couples massage! I was just finishing up a post about deals you can get online :-). Great list and hope you and the hubby have a blast.
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  • Stacie January 30, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Great ideas! I like the idea of going out for dessert only. That would save us a lot of money!
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  • Amanda @centsiblyrich January 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    Awesome list, Latoya! The one that really got my attention is painting together. I’ve been watching some Bob Ross on Netflix and keep telling myself I need to actually try it sometime – it’d be much more fun and entertaining with hubby! Thanks!
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  • Terri January 30, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    This is such a cute list. For the first time in our ten year relationship my husband and will be celebrating valentines day. But sure wish I had this list all those years we decided to forgo the celebration to save money.
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  • Michelle Malone January 30, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I love these ideas, LaToya! I would probably try the $5 gift exchange and cooking a meal together. Thanks for sharing.

  • Kirstin Fuller January 31, 2017 at 12:05 am

    This is a great list. He would love the massage date but only if we have it at home! I think the painting date would be fun too.

    • Latoya Scott February 1, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      Our hubbies sound alike:)

  • Adeola Naomi January 31, 2017 at 12:44 am

    I love the massage and painting ideas but great post overall!
    You are the boss when it comes to saving and helping us all, thank you!
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    • Latoya Scott February 1, 2017 at 11:23 pm

      You’re welcome:)

  • Thirty30Courtney January 31, 2017 at 3:17 am

    Perfect timing! The gentleman that I am dating and I will be thrifting soon and also plan to go to a park so I can obsess over watching planes takeoff and land. I love finding cheap but fun things for us to do.

    • Latoya Scott February 1, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      That’s a cute idea!

  • Tanya January 31, 2017 at 12:40 pm

    Sharing with my wives group! Great tips lady! Hubby and I have gone out for appetizers and drinks before.

    • Latoya Scott February 1, 2017 at 11:22 pm

      It’s a nice way to relax, isn’t it?

  • Kim January 31, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Oh my goodness! I love all of these ideas, seriously. We don’t celebrate V-day here, but I can use these any time.
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  • Carissa February 1, 2017 at 1:52 am

    Great Ideas…Im going to keep some of these in mind and share them with our marriage group we facilitate at church! One of my favorite things to do is go on Dessert Dates!
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  • LaQuisha February 1, 2017 at 5:35 am

    My hubby and I have $5 shopping challenges for each other before and it was so fun! I would love to paint together and just have dessert!
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    • Latoya Scott February 1, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      We need to do this $5.00 challenge, I can definitely see this as being an hilarious date event:)

  • Kasi February 1, 2017 at 10:45 am

    These are all awesome ideas! I would definitely do most things on this list!

  • Elle (CleverlyChanging) February 1, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Great suggestions. My husband and I don’t don’t get to go out together much, but it’s my goal to make it a priority in 2017.

  • Nicole @Nicole's Lifestyle Lounge February 1, 2017 at 11:44 am

    These are some great ideas and can bring a couple together in a meaningful way. I especially could use a couples massage.

  • Ashli @ The Million Dollar Mama February 2, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    I love the $5 idea! Mainly because you can buy at least 3 or 4 Twix bars with $5, and if you feed me Twix bars, I’ll love you forever haha!
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  • Emily @ JohnJaneDoe February 3, 2017 at 10:52 am

    Great ideas, and definitely not the usual ones! We’re rednecks, though, so instead of light guns we dust off the BB guns and head out to our makeshift backyard shooting range. (we can combine that with the fire idea to be even more redneck.)
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  • Chonce February 3, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    I could totally go for a massage right now, and these other tips sound amazing! I may even have to use a few of them throughout the year!

  • DC @ Young Adult Money February 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I’ve actually found an arcade to be quite expensive these days! Dave and Buster’s does a good job with their points system because it’s easy to forget how many $ you are spending and you just keep swiping swiping swiping for more games! This may be a personal problem though ; )
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    • Latoya Scott February 5, 2017 at 12:00 am

      I haven’t been to a good one in years. We’re getting a Dave and Buster’s this month so I’ve yet to check them out. It’s hard to find an affordable and fun arcade, so yeah I can believe how expensive they can be. To that I would say take $15 and don’t spend any more than that, lol!
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