Date nights with your husband CAN be frugal. Sometimes you need to think outside the box, especially if you have little ones and no access to a baby sitter. Don’t despair! I’ve rounded up a bunch of frugal date night ideas to get you think about opportunities in your hometown.
The key to a frugal date night is spending time together. Without kids. Without electronics. Just talking and being a couple.
If you live near a large metropolitan area, check out local art museums and galleries. Many offer free admission on the first Friday of the month. Look for different types of festivals – food, crafts, cultural, and automotive (for the guys!). There’s also the option of ordering take out from restaurants like Applebee’s and having a movie night (or something else) at home. Hey, even a shopping trip can be a date night.
Frugal Date Nights is fresh installment for my 50 Ways to Leave Your Debt Behind Series.
Delaware County, PA – My Hometown
If you live in Delaware County like me, (and I know some of you are locals), I’ve pulled together a list of places my husband and I have enjoyed. I’d love to hear about your favorite places in the comments.
- Nifty Fifties – milk shakes, ice cream sundaes, pie with ice cream and a counter to sit at
- Trieste – Italian Restaurant with huge tray of homemade Italian desserts. Can sit in a booth or at the counter
- 2nd Saturday in Media – Monthly 30 businesses on and around State Street in Media Pa open late. We like to visit an old fashioned ice cream shop and window shop along State Street.
- Panera’s – good munchies and of course, coffee.
- Starbucks – again, good munchies, and why yes, they have coffee, too
- Swarthmore College – the campus is home to Scott Arboretum, always a wonderful place to wander through, plus lots of outdoor sculpture
- Ridley Creek State Park – lots of hiking and a paved path for riding bikes together
- Longwood Gardens – We have a family membership for the garden. My husband and I like to do lunch there on a Sunday after a walk around the garden. As members we get a 10% discount on our meal.
Frugal Date Night Ideas
I love asking other couples for date night ideas! I always find a new idea to try. Sometimes they work; sometimes they flop. Usually, we have fun and memories to share later. One date we still talk about is the time I surprised my husband with a trip to a local Christmas tree maze at night. Of course, we got lost in the maze, and then he found a way out. I think he loved being surprised as much as the fun we had.
Sylvie of Cheeriolala
With no family near by and 2 kids 2 and under, Sylvie’s date nights happen at home. She loves to play Heads Up, a game you can download on your phone. One of her favorite things is playing the Heads Up game that you can download on your phone. Kind of like charades! It makes you laugh and gets you talking about something other than day to day life at home.
Shaunta of Going Reno
Shaunta’s favorite cheap date night is a movie. Most movie theaters have one night a week where they discount prices. Her theater also sells refillable cups and popcorn buckets (they cost $12 for a set.) They’re refillable for $3 each (so $6 for popcorn and a drink). However, the theater also sends out weekly coupons for free drink with popcorn purchase, saving Shaunta and her husband $6! That’s two movie tickets, two popcorns, and two sodas for $16.
Marily of I Heart AZ
Marily suggests taking a hike with your husband. Pack up a picnic and bring it with you. Go to the local high school to work out together – run the track, play tennis, throw a football, or play basketball. Bank of America credit card and debit card holders should check out museums.bankofamerica.com for a listing of free museum nights. Go to a free gardening/lawn care class at your local nursery.
Amy of Umbrella Tree Cafe
Amy uses their credit card points for gift cards to our favorite restaurants. (You can also use Swagbucks to collect gift cards.)
Lara of Methodical Living
Lara’s favorite frugal date is a picnic. Pack anything that you have in your kitchen: cheese, wine, crackers, dips, chips, or whatever! She and her husband combine the picnic with hiking or swimming at their favorite river. It’s beautiful and very romantic.
Toni of Debt Free Divas
Toni loves to do Husband’s Potluck game night with other couples. She’s paid older children (if they’re willing) $2/child to watch the smaller kids to eliminate the need for babysitters. She’s found this social night out to be a great wintertime activity!
Andrea of Saving Every Day
These are just a sampling of ideas from Andrea’s Affordable Date Night series. She has enough ideas to provide you with a year of frugal date nights.
- Sign up for the mailing lists of all the places you enjoy so you can receive coupons and specials. We rarely eat out without a coupon!
- Go on a picnic: Pack a meal at home and find a romantic place to go.
- Take in a free show: Many cities have these available throughout the year. Check with your local paper, the local actor’s theatre, your city’s website or call the Chamber of Commerce.
- Take a tour at a local brewery or winery: You’ll be surprised how fun this can be, and it’s usually FREE.