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5 Wallet-Friendly Date Night Ideas to Dazzle Your Partner

Tom Hartford, Senior Editor

April 8th, 2020

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Is a thin wallet cramping your style? It doesn’t have to. No matter your situation, everyone deserves to celebrate a special date night with the ones they love the most. Take the right steps, and you can have a romantic date that doesn’t leave your bank account brokenhearted.


Does the thought of cost-conscious romance make your heart skip a beat? Don’t fret. Here are five wallet-friendly date ideas that are both thrifty and thoughtful.


1. Cook a DIY Dinner Date

Going out for a hot date on the town is always a great idea. Until it’s time to pay the tab. If you’re looking to celebrate a wallet-friendly date night, you can still eat well. Simply just stay home.

Thanks to the Internet, you can find millions of low-cost, high-flavor recipes to fit every taste bud and wallet. Whether you go with something made from scratch or have to use a box mix, homemade meals are always appreciated and make for a wallet-friendly date idea.

If you have a few extra bucks, make the dinner date even easier by using paper goods so there is minimal cleanup afterward.


2. Carefully Dine Out

Not interested in cooking on your date night? No problem. You can still dine in style. You’ll just need a more creative dinner plan.

Think about you and your partner’s favorite fast food options. Then, plan out your night to travel from one drive-thru to another. Have an appetizer at one, main course at a second, and dessert at the third. It’s a fun, creative, and simple way to celebrate your date night on a budget.

Just be careful! If you get away from fast food, you could easily burn through your cash on tips.


3. Get Moving

If you’re on the prowl for a low-cost idea, nothing is cheaper and more memorable than a memory. All you have to do is head to the great outdoors for a one-of-a-kind, easy date night.

Remember, dates are for relaxing and enjoying one another. Doing this doesn’t have to cost a penny! So, plan out a scavenger hunt, take a walk or bike ride together, or just snuggle on a blanket in your backyard. Just find a way to be together, and you’ll enjoy a wallet-friendly date night that you’ll never forget.


4. Plan a Movie Night

While the thought of movie night may make your wallet scream, relax. You don’t have to splurge on movie tickets and overpriced popcorn. Just get to your local library.

Yes, most libraries are known for their books, but most also have impressive movie collections. For those looking for creative date night ideas on a budget, grabbing a movie or two from the library can’t be topped. Pick up a romance, horror, or comedy flick, then head home and settle in for the show.

Just make sure you get the movie back before it’s due to avoid late fees.


5. Write It Out

On special holidays, most folks rush to the card section of their local store to pick up a pre-written card for their loved one. But if you’re preparing for a special holiday on a budget, you need to be a little more crafty. This year, simply tell your partner how you really feel in your own words. All you need is a piece of paper and a pen and you can create a low-cost gift idea that will be cherished forever.

Simply plan a date night activity where each of you drift off into separate areas and spend time creating a meaningful hand-crafted card. Express why you love your partner, favorite memories with your partner, and whatever else comes to mind. It may take more effort than a card you just sign, but it’ll be worth it.

Ready to go on the best wallet-friendly date night you’ve ever had? Use the tips above and you’ll be well on your way.

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