Free Date Ideas
Not trying to tell you what to do or anything, but a cost effective or free date can be a great form of self care. This is especially important if you’re participating in my Seven Day Self Care Challenge.
Why we could all benefit from a free date
Times are tough, money doesn’t grow on trees… I remember hearing those things from my parents multiple times as I was growing up. It was one of those things that didn’t make a lot of sense to me – can’t you just get more money? Anyway, as a relatively well-adjusted adult, those sayings make a bit more sense.
But a lack of funds doesn’t mean you should stop doing things, such as dates, with your significant other. Money is the reason for many marital breakdowns and I would hazard a guess that it’s due in part to not knowing how to have fun without spending money.
Without further ado, here are the free date ideas
So, to help you keep those relationships healthy, I’ve made a list of free date ideas. Try them out, and let me know how they go, or give me your own ideas to add to the list.
Go to the park – push each other on the swings, go down the slide, swing your way across the monkey bars. Remember simpler times the two of you can laugh and have fun with each other.
Plan a Game Night – I’m sure everyone has a stack of board games hiding in the depths of a closet somewhere in the house. Pull those games out and have fun for an evening. Bonus points if you make it sexy. Perhaps, the loser can surrender a piece of clothing…
Go to a museum or art gallery – Most museums or galleries will have a free night once a month. Go together, enjoy the culture and soak up the information. Sometimes there will even be free art classes or demonstrations.
Volunteer Together – What better way to strengthen a relationship than through shared experiences and the bond of knowing you’re making a difference
Go to Open Houses – Whether this is for homes in your neighborhood or homes you could never dream of being able to purchases this is an awesome way to spend an afternoon. As a bonus you’ll also get neat decorating ideas you can use in your own place.
Backyard Camping – I enjoy the great outdoors. But actual camping in a tent in the middle of the wilderness doesn’t appeal to me due to my preference for indoor plumbing. Setting up a tent in the backyard, give you the same feel of sleeping on the ground outside without having to give up the creature comforts we appreciate.
Play Twister – This can be a naughty or nice as you want to make it. There’s something super fun about a game that encourages you to fold yourself like a pretzel around someone else. Just think of the fun that can be had on the board, let the loser take off a piece of clothing and it’s bound to lead to a good night.
Go for a Walk around New Neighbourhoods – Walking is a great way to familiarize yourself with your neighborhood and those around you. Hold hands, talk, laugh, stop and look at things that interest you.
Poker Night – I keep talking about sexy stakes for games, and what could be more fun than strip poker. Make sure you’re wearing a lot of layers or don’t, either way, you’ll both win.
Truth or Dare/ Never Have I Ever – Have some fun and get to know each other a little better. This is a great chance to voice those secret fantasies.
Have an Embarrassing Photo Shoot – No one but the two of you ever needs to see the pictures. So have fun, use interesting props. Don’t worry about filters or hair and makeup, it’s just the two of you being yourselves.
Play Video Games – I’ll be honest, I suck at video games, but occasionally it’s fun to kick back and enjoy them. As long as my hubby remembers I’m always trying my best.
Massages – Who doesn’t enjoy a good massage? All that touching, the warm oil sliding your hands all over your partner’s body… The best part, it’s bound to lead to more fun. Not only will you be relaxed but you’ll also be satisfied.
Go to the library – Reading is a fun and relaxing pastime. Bonus points if the two of you get the same book so you can talk about it as you go.
Not sure what to read? There are some amazing recommendations right here.
Go roller-skating – Back when I was a teenager roller skating was a weekend necessity. It was quicker than walking and less bulky than a bike, plus it was a fun way to spend time with friends away from the watchful eyes of the parents. Hold hands and have fun.
So, take some time with your special someone next weekend and have fun. I would love to hear how it goes. Do you have any other ideas for free dates?
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Worth reading this. I was wondering what i could do with my man over the weekend despite sitting down and eating in the same table
Thanks! Isn’t it crazy how easy it is to fall into that rut where all you do together is eat and watch TV?
There are a lot of cute ideas on this list, I really like the camping in the backyard.
Thank you! Camping in the backyard is one of my favorites, especially when the weather cooperates.
These are great ideas. One that we’ve done which *can be free* but we usually budgeted a few dollars for is to go to Ikea. We would just wander and dream for a few hours. We’d give ourselves $5 to spend on anything we wanted (I ended up with a lot of shaped ice cube trays over the years) then we’d go to the hotdog stand at the end and get a hotdog, drink and ice cream for like practically nothing. So for $10-15 all in we’d have a great date night. But you could easily do it for free too.
Oh my gosh, I love this idea! I live hours away from an Ikea, so I’ve only actually been to one once, but I can see how easy it would be to spend an entire day browsing in there.
This is so cool. I love the “volunteer together”, as this brings out the gratitude side of each other. Nice one Ms Sawyer.
Aww, thank you! I always found volunteering together to by very enlightening, especially at the beginning of the relationship.
These are great date ideas
Love your date night ideas. My husband and I love to go swing at the park at night when no one is there. We did that on our first date and it was the best first date I’d ever gone on
Thanks Serena! My husband and I do the same thing, every chance we get. It’s always so much fun.
Great ideas! We LOVE going on dates and it is SO important… especially in the young kid season!!!
Absolutely, it’s so hard to find time alone. Especially with young kids who require so much attention.
Great post! Now… gotta find a date haha! Well, I’m sure I can do this with friends and family too. Thanks for sharing these fun ideas!
Haha, finding a date is always the hardest part!
Wow!! These are lovely free date ideas, I love going to the park too.
I love places calm and noiseless, cos it makes us feel the bond together.
I’ll definitely try out the rest.
Thanks, the park is a favorite for me too. 🙂
Thanks for this tips, even if they are not meant for me, I know there are thousands out their who needs to spice their relationships up by spending time together.
You compiled such a great list of sweet free date ideas. I love the idea of going for a walk or playing truth or dare. I also think the idea of an embarrassing photo shoot is too cute!
Thanks! Embarassing photo shoots are so much fun. 🙂
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These are such lovely and simple ideas!
Informative, and SO romantic. Love the idea of a game night!
Such lovely ideas. I love having couples massages with hubby. Thanks for this fun list.
So many great ideas! My husband and I haven’t been on a date in years!
Oh no, I think it’s time you changed that! 🙂
Great date ideas, even for married couples!
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Free is always good! My husband and I love having game nights. It’s something easy to do when the kids go to bed. Lots of parks in the summer also have events like free concerts or movies until the stars this time of year to take part in as well
Nice. I actually have already tried a few. Perfect foolproof ideas to show a girl a good time.
Great list! Sometimes you really don’t have to spend money to have a good time. I’m saving this list for me and the hubby lol
This is a good list for dates at any phase of the relationship.
Good to see that I have been doing these! I can pass it on to my girlfriend to see how good I have been haha! I didn’t even think of the open house idea though, that is brilliant!
Thanks for these ideas! Walking in the park and taking photos is one of our no-cost date idea.