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Cheap Dates | Inexpensive Date Ideas

Contrary to popular belief, you really don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time.  Here is a list of ideas for cheap, fun dates, as well as some great free date ideas.  Spend a minute browsing our list, and be sure to share your ideas with us!

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Cheap Date Ideas

  • Make a time capsule to put in a park or just your own backyard full of pictures and objects that represent your relationship and then dig it up for a big anniversary. ~Jean
  • Go on a nature hike—pick wild flowers or have a picnic
  • Do some service. Rake leaves, plant flowers for a neighbor, shovel snow on all the walks of a given street... etc. ~Julie
  • Get plain white pillow cases and paint and create your own pillow cases! ~Samantha Garrett
  • Go to a public place, like starbucks, and just hang out and talk ~Celia
  • Draw pictures of each other... show off that artsy side. 
  • Play UNO in the middle of a public place
  • Visiting a nursing home or a rest home can be a surprising fun cheap date idea
  • Describe your life in pictures by cutting them out of magazines or make up a story from the pictures.
  • Watch the sunrise—watch the sunset
  • Play Board games—Monopoly, Candy Land, Sorry
  • Pick Wild Berries
  • Dollar date
    • Directions: start with a main dish (like pizza) then go to the store and give each person $1.  Each person chooses something (for a dollar or less) to have with your main dish. 
  • Play Frisbee golf
  • Find a muddy area, dress in old clothing and have a mud fight.
  • Tour Historical Buildings
  • Play your favorite sport together
  • Play capture-the-flag or hide-and-seek in a park
  • Play croquet at a park—maybe on your school campus grounds
  • Go rollerblading – better yet, go roller-skating!
  • Play pool, foosball, or ping-pong
  • Go visit your local planetarium
  • Play Guitar Hero or Rock Band
  • Free factory tours
  • Have a coupon date – go through the local newspaper together and find coupons to use on your cheap date
  • Go fishing
  • Make Tee Shirts – start with some blank white or collared tees, then get creative with sharpies and paint. 
  • Find a good service project or volunteer activity in your area
  • Walk through the library or a bookstore—Find a corner to sit and read a children’s book together
  • Have a cotton ball fight—buy several bags of cotton balls to throw at each other (or marshmallows)
  • Draw Pictures with Sidewalk Chalk
  • Story time—take turns recording pieces of a story
    • Directions: One person starts recording a story while the other leaves the room ending their segment with “and then…”  the other person picks up telling the next part of the story, and ends their segment with “and then…”  this continues until someone decides to tell “The end”.
  • Go and volunteer together at the local animal shelter
  • Geocaching—This can be a lot of fun
  • Wash your cars together—Its always fun to play with water
  • Plant something together—A tree, flowers, vegetables… anything at all! 
  • Build something together out of play dough
  • Go to Wal-Mart or Target late at night and play with the toys
  • Walk your dog(s)—or borrow a neighbor’s dog
  • Have a water balloon fight or set up a slip-in-slide
  • Blindfold your date for a surprise dinner and take them to McDonalds. Only, make your table really fancy with a tablecloth, nice dishes and cups, etc. Craft your own fancy menu and enlist your roommates or younger siblings to be your servers. ~Laurie
  • Go To Mcdonalds And Order Random Food. Then Put Blindfolds On Eachother And Guess What The Food You Randomly Ordered Food Is. Its super Fun And You Get To Eat At The Same Time ! ~ Claudia
  • Handmake cards and drop them off to random neighbors in the area. They can say things like "rose are red, violets are blue, you don't me and I don't know you! Have a great day anyway!" or put a funny joke in them. Using crayons to disguise your age is another fun twist. See just how childish you can make them look. Then go drop them off on front steps around a neighborhood. A small offering of candy or cookies is always a good way to pin the card to the doorstep so it doesn't fly away.
    ~ Kadi
  • Have a scary movie marathon....or just a movie marathon. you could pick a certan actor or actress and watch a BUNCH of movies with them in it.. old and new! ~Merandia21lovers
  • Load up on pads of sticky notes and colored markers. Then make a trip to the mall or a fairly crowded place where you can stick up notes of funny sayings or just random words anywhere and everywhere! Its fun to see the reactions of others when they see them. ~Krystal
  • Go jogging to an interesting building or landmark, or a simple 'walk in the park' ~ Marc
  • Play night games with a big group. like capture the flag, kick the can, touch the tree, ghost in the graveyard. etc. ~ Nicole K
    Choose 5 or 10 of the ideas above, put them in a bag, and then have your date draw one of the cheap date ideas.

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