Marriage, Motherhood

10 Date Night Ideas On A Budget


If you and your husband have committed to regular date nights, I applaud you. My husband and I try to get them when we can. Sometimes they are more regular than others. But now that I’m a stay at home mom, part of the challenge is that we are on a budget. Our “go to” date night used to be dinner and a movie, but these days, that combo can run a tab well over $100 just for the two of us. That was more than our entire entertainment budget for the month. So I put on my thinking cap and we got creative. Here are 10 great date night ideas you can do on a budget.

  1. Go For A Walk – My husband proposed to me on a walk. We took a jaunt from my condo to a beautiful lake in downtown Orlando. I thought we were getting some exercise…he had other ideas. Either way it was one of the most romantic moments in my life. So this idea holds a special place in my heart. Choose a picturesque spot and stop along the way to take in the sights. Don’t forget to talk and HOLD HANDS!
  2. Date Night At Home – So I know you aren’t going out anywhere, but the whole point of date night is to connect with each other without distraction. Location doesn’t really matter. So send the kids over to Grandma and Grandpa’s house and plan your special evening together. That could mean renting a movie or maybe it’s night of gin rummy. Pick your poison, as they say.
  3. Go for a Picnic – We’ve all watched the old movies where the handsome man takes the girl on a picnic…complete with checkered blanket and wicker basket. Well, you don’t need all of that, but you do need your man and a cooler of some food. Head to a local park, lake, beach, wherever. Leave your cell phones in the car and nosh on whatever treats you brought along.
  4. Ride Bikes – A couple that sweats together, gets together…or something like that. Anyway, my husband and I used to go on bike rides before the kids came along. It was a great way to get some exercise and just spend some time together outdoors. It’s amazing what a little sunshine and fresh air can do!
  5. Go To The Airport – Almost every city has a spot by the airport where cars park and watch the planes land. Watching the planes is not really as exciting as the conversation inside the car. With any luck you may even steam up the windows. (wink wink)
  6. Go Camping – Yes, this is an overnighter, but it’s one of my favorites. You get part of a day, an entire night and morning all to yourselves. Build a campfire, make s’mores, look at the countless stars overhead and talk about whatever comes to mind. Plus, you can zip your sleeping bags together and cuddle all night.
  7. Movie Under The Stars – A lot of parks have free or very inexpensive movie nights. Of course, you don’t get to pick your movie but there are all kinds of options depending on the location. Bring your lawn chairs, food and even wine or beer some places and cop a squat for a blockbuster evening with your honey pie.
  8. Go To A Free Concert – Look up colleges in your area. Most have free events from time to time that anyone can attend. The local college near us has a jazz band that has jam sessions that are open to the public. The musicians are talented and the atmosphere is casual and fun.
  9. Go Out To Breakfast – My husband and I love breakfast. In fact, we served breakfast at our evening wedding reception we love it so much. One of the best things about breakfast is that its significantly less expensive than dinner when eating out. We can typically go to breakfast for about $25, but dinner is typically twice that. So if you really want to go out to eat, go in the morning!
  10. Visit a local winery or brewery – My husband and I have done this with a few places around Orlando, FL. And I have to say it’s a lot of fun. You not only learn a thing or two but most locations provide some sampling opportunities either during or after your tour. Yum!

Making time to schedule date nights with your husband is important. It’s one of my 9 Ways To Have a Healthy Marriage After Kids. So whether it’s one of the above ideas or something else, I highly recommend you try to stick to regularly dating your husband.

There are tons of variations on the above that you can try too. Maybe it’s a different location for a walk or perhaps you can add visiting a farmers market post-breakfast, etc… You may have to look a little harder, but there are sure to be great date night ideas on a budget in your hometown too.

Have another idea or have tried one of the above? Leave a comment below and share your experience!


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