While the thought of fancy restaurants and dressing up might one of the first things that come to mind when you think about dating, taking that special someone out on a date doesn’t have to drain your pocketbook. All it takes is a little bit of creativity to come up with some simple, yet fun, cheap date ideas for the perfect date night. Here are a few to get you started!

Cheap Date Idea #1 – Stay in for a Movie Night

One of the most simple date nights is a timeless classic- pick out a movie together and stay in for a cozy night of snuggling on the couch. If you don’t want to leave it at just a movie, you might want to consider getting out the cookbook and whipping up a quick meal for the two of you. She’ll love it if you surprise her with a candle lit dinner before the movie. Of course, if you aren’t very good with an oven and a spatula, there’s always the option of ordering pizza or getting take out.

Cheap Date Idea #2 – Plan a Romantic Picnic

If the two of you are the outdoorsy-type, a pic-nic can present a wonderful opportunity to get to know each other. Not only is it a lot of fun, but you can cut down on quite a few costs by bringing food that you already have at the house. Try picking out a place that neither of you have been before so it adds an element of surprise. Just remember to fill up on gas before you head out! If your date is up for it, you may want to suggest taking a hike while you’re out.

Cheap Date Idea #3 – Take a Trip to the Zoo

If your partner likes animals, the zoo can be a fun way to get out of the house and see all kinds of interesting wildlife. You’ll want to remember to bring sunscreen and water if you try this one out. Most zoos are relatively inexpensive to get into- it’s the concessions stands and gift shops that cost the most! You may want to try playing a game while you’re there, like a scavenger hunt to find certain animals. Or, you can make a game out of trying to find all the animals that start with a specific letter of the alphabet.

Some Final Thoughts

The best way to figure out cheap date ideas is to talk to your partner and figure out what they enjoy doing the most. By asking what their hobbies and interests are, you can begin to build a list of activities that you think the two of you will enjoy doing together. Try to get a feel for what kind of personality they are- some people prefer staying in for the night, while others want to get out and have a fun night on the town. Just remember that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun! All it takes is a little bit of creativity and planning.

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