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Your love might not cost a thing, but dates sure do. And no matter how fond you are of your special someone, that price tag is hard to stomach week after week. Here are 45 cheap date ideas to try out, and some are even totally free!
These days, finding creative new date ideas is harder than ever.
Whether you're commuting to work or traveling 20 steps from your bed to your makeshift desk and back again, most of us just don't have a lot of creative juices left over when the day is all over. Some of us have probably watched the entirety of our Netflix queues by now and if you're like me, your couch has a you-shaped imprint in it from all of the quality time you're spending together. And if you've got kids learning from home or in-person or some mix of the two that's a whole other level of complication. But if you're really lucky, you've got someone who loves you and wants to hang out with you, even if that often means staring at the same screen for the millionth day in a row.
But because we love love, we thought we'd come up with some alternatives, in case you'd like to give the couch some alone time too. Some of these are social isolation-approved, others you may have to file away for when it's safer to go out and about in crowded places again. Fortunately, we've got enough options to last you a few year's worth of weekends. Here is a somewhat comprehensive list of our favorite date ideasfor every kind of couple. Product Reviews. Home Ideas. United States. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories.
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Try a new restaurant. If you've got the menu just about memorized at your favorite feed bag, check out someplace new. Pretend you're restaurant critics and pick apart the food — not your partner, for a change. Play tourist in your hometown. When was the last time you took advantage of the things everyone always wants to see when they visit? Probably the last time you had out-of-town guests, that's when. Take an afternoon or an evening and hit up your local landmarks or must-see attractions and fall in love with your locale all over again.
Make a fun new recipe. Even if you're not much of a cook, trying out a new dish can result in lots of laughs. Not to mention, you get to eat the fruits of your labor. Go on a picnic. If it's nice outside, there's nothing more romantic than packing up some al fresco food and bev, spreading it on a blanket, and enjoying the great outdoors.
If it's not, do the same in your living room. Take a hike. Something about getting your blood pumping while exploring nature really gets the heart going in other ways, if you know what we mean. Hit the beach. Sun, sand, surf, and lots of skin.
Come up with a better afternoon. We dare you. Go skiing. Not beach weather? Hit the slopes instead. If you don't get hot cocoa afterward, it didn't count. Play a board game. Drag out the classics or try a brand new one, for a healthy dose of competition. Throw a casino night. If they call you Lady Luck, see if your partner can roll snake eyes and win your heart. That, or play cards with that week's chore list on the line. Build a campfire.
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Ignite the flames of passion in a Smoky-approved way by gathering around a campfire in your backyard. If your municipality doesn't allow fires, huddle by the fireplace instead or even make s'mores in the microwave. Have a spa night. Hit up the drugstore for face masksmani-pedi supplies, and massage oil for a DIY pampering sesh that will improve your bond and your skin. Take a day trip.
Hop in your car and see where a tank of gas can get you. Even checking out the next town over can feel like an adventure, especially when you're doing it with your favorite person. Go grocery shopping together. Need eggs and bread? Turn a boring chore into a fun couple activity. Split your list in half and race to see who can finish it first, or just wander the aisles hand-in-hand. Learn a new skill. You don't need to invest in a lot of fancy equipment to try something new.
Give origami, drawing, or even card tricks a shot.
You'll love bonding over how bad you both are, at first. Play hide 'n seek. It's not just for kids anymore.
Look through old photos. Pull out the photo albums and get ready for an awwww-fest. Share stories of your childhoods and your awkward teen years to learn something new about your sweetheart and grow to love them even more. Go antique hunting.
You'll be amazed what kinds of gems you can find at an antique store, not to mention the creepy AF tchotchkes you'll run into. Take a dance class. Even or especially! You'll be the talk of the dance floor at the next wedding or party when you bust a move.
Volunteer together. up to serve at a soup kitchen, a book drive, or other local initiative to make a difference in your community and see how hot your honey looks when helping others. Visit the zoo or aquarium. Come on, even fish are cute.
Show your sensitive side and squee over some new fuzzy or finned friends. Read each other romance novels. Grab some steamy reading from your local library or used book store and take turns reading to each other.
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You'll be in the mood before you can say "once upon a time. Bonus points if you create one that recreates your first date and all of your special spots. Related Story. This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this to help users provide their addresses.