5 Budget-Friendly Date Ideas

Trying to make plans this weekend without breaking the bank? Me too! I frequently find myself attempting to balance fun ideas with trying to save money- I cannot say that the two always go hand in hand. To help you plan your next outing, I put together this quick list of date ideas that are not only fun, they can be done for $10 per person or less!

  1. Pumpkin Picking
    Any fruit or veggie will do really, but pumpkin picking is my absolute favorite, and this idea is just in time for Fall! Our local farm offers pumpkin picking and a hay ride for $3 plus $.79/ounce, other nearby farms tend to be less expensive. This isn’t often a day-long adventure, but it can be a fun way to spend a few hours during your weekend.
  2. DIY Tipsy Painting
    There are a few venues that have gained popularity in recent years for offering a fun night of wine and painting. If you and your significant other happen to be artistically inclined (or even if you’re not), this can be done at home at a significant discount. Here’s what you’ll need:

    1. Two canvases/watercolor papers – A blank canvas or paint-friendly paper can range in cost from a dollar all the way into upwards of one-hundred dollars. If you’re planning for a fun night of painting and not something to hang in your home forever, I would recommend getting supplies on the cheaper side, we’ll estimate a cheap canvas or paper at just over $4 per person like this one.
    2. Cheap wine, which runs about $6 for a bottle.
    3. Paint, you can usually find a watercolor or acrylic set for $5 at your local craft shop
    4. Brushes- you may have to buy a brush or two separately if you don’t have one already.
  3.  “Netflix and Chill” (No, Really)
    Video streaming services are not only an affordable way to watch your favorite shows, they’re an anytime, inexpensive movie night. One of my favorite plans with my partner is finding a movie that we haven’t seen yet and cooking homemade popcorn together (which is less expensive than microwave popcorn).
  4. Fast Food Date
    Fortunately, the ideal dinner date does not have to cost a ton of money. You can eat at the restaurant or picnic-style elsewhere! Feeling especially creative? You can break out the candles and fancy napkins for a five star feel. Ordering unfamiliar menu items and trying them with your significant other can also be a budget-friendly blast.
  5. Wine or Beer Tasting
    Last, but not least, is wine or beer tasting. This is a great time because each location has something slightly different to offer. Tastings can range in price quite a bit, some start at just over five dollars while others cost close to fifty, be sure to call ahead to confirm that the location fits within your budget.

I hope you all have a fun and adventure filled weekend! Do you have any budget-friendly date ideas that were left out of this list or are you planning to try one of these? Let us know in the comments below!

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Written by Kelly. 

Owner of Just Six Club, grad student, and dog mom.


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