25 Frugal (and free) Date Night Ideas

Are you looking for some free or frugal date night ideas? Wanting to have a night out with your sweetie but on a tight budget? If childcare is your issue, I’ve got some great ideas for date nights in, and I even tell you how we’ve gotten free childcare without having family around!

Date nights are an important way that you can fill your own tank, and date nights are also a vital way that you and your spouse can focus on connecting as a couple again.

There really are some frugal and free date night ideas!

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This fall my husband and I celebrated 21 years of marriage, which is just crazy! I have no idea where the time has gone. Not to mention the fact that this makes me feel so old!

We have not always been able to take date nights all that often, but we have mastered the art of staying in for a date night, too.

Now that we have older kids and have babysitters, we are able to get out a bit more, too, but when we stayed in we got creative with fun things to do that were something out of just the ordinary night.

I have included some of our favorite in-home date nights as well as fun things to do that will meet every budget from no money to spend to having to spend a little bit of money. Of course you will see things here that you already know of, but we have done some out of the box things that you may not have thought of before, too.

In Home Date Nights

  • play a game
  • blanket picnic in the living room with candles and music
  • movie night
  • star gaze in the backyardsunset-538286_1280
  • look at old photos
  • read a book together
  • do a crossword puzzle or word search together

Free Date Nights Away From Home

  • walk around downtown
  • head to the airport to watch planes and dream of your next vacation
  • walk around Home Depot (we do this all the time—it may or may not end up being free)
  • head to the beach
  • go for a bike ride
  • go to a school playground. If you can, head to a playground at a school one or both of you attended
  • drive around to look at homes in a ritzy neighborhood
  • pick wildflowers along the road

Frugal, Yet Not Free Date Nights

  • local high school game or play
  • go out for ice cream
  • play mini golf
  • paint pottery
  • paint canvas, these kinds of things are popping up all over the place these days
  • head to a sports bar to share an appetizer
  • visit an arcadelibrary-657112_1280
  • play paintball
  • visit an art museum
  • go rollerskating at a skating rink

Even after being married for 20, 30, or 50 years, it is so important to make the time to have some time with just you and your spouse.

Our rules for date night is that we designate a time to talk about the kids/household issues that need to be dealt with, but aside from that designated time we don’t talk about anything household or kids related. If you have the time to discuss these things outside of date night that would be ideal, but that is not our reality. We just find a way to have a date night and a planning/catching up night.

As far as some great things to talk about go, be sure to take my conversation starters with you, too!

Taking a memorable date night doesn’t have to cost a fortune, or anything at all, in fact! During our younger years our favorite date night was to get together with another couple to play cards, which didn’t cost anything!

If childcare is an issue, don’t forget about swapping babysitting with another couple. Make some arrangements for an evening when you take their children so they can go out and then switch. Free babysitting combined with a free date night activity can be just the things you need to spice up your marriage and fill your own tank at the same time.

What are you waiting for? Use these ideas to plan a date night today!

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