10 Budget-friendly date night ideas

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you might be looking for low cost date night ideas to spend time with your significant other.

Skip fancy restaurants and expensive flowers, and opt for an affordable activity like these instead:

If you and your partner have a special meal at a favourite restaurant, odds are you can find the recipe, or something similar to it, online. Not only will cooking the meal at home save you money, but it can also show your significant other how well you know their taste in food. On top of this, putting in the effort to make their favourite restaurant meal at home shows dedication, so your other half is bound to appreciate it.

If you and your significant other are sports fans, you know how expensive professional sporting events can be. However, semi-professional sports can be just as exciting to watch at a fraction of the cost. Research the semi-professional teams playing in your area and surprise your significant other with tickets for a fun and affordable date night.

Paint nights are all the rage these days, but ticket prices, drinks and food can add up to an expensive bill at the end. Instead, have just as much fun by doing a paint night at home. All you need are some painting supplies, old clothes you don’t care about getting dirty, and some snacks and drinks if desired. As for painting inspiration, a quick online search will bring up tons of different tutorials. Find a painting you like, grab your paint brushes and get in touch with your artistic side.

Tip: Your artwork can double as an affordable gift. Gift your painting to a friend or family member for their birthday or another holiday. Or, hang it in your house for an affordable piece of home décor.

Brewery and winery tours are generally affordable, especially if you’re visiting a small or local one. Together with your partner, you can learn how the beer or wine is made, which ingredients go into it, and usually you can sample a drink or two at the end of the tour.

Instead of heading to a local restaurant for trivia night, bring the trivia to your house. There are lots of trivia games you can pick from – some you can even find online for free! Whether you want to test your knowledge of pop culture, movies, music, history, or anything else, this can make for an affordable date night at home. Or, make it a group date and go tournament style to find out who is the most knowledgeable person out of your group of friends.

Who doesn’t love a Canadian winter evening spent skating? Spend time together and get in a light, fresh-air workout by going skating at your local park or rink. Grab a coffee or hot chocolate to add some coziness to your evening.

Completing a puzzle together is a great way to test your communication and problem-solving skills. You might not finish it all in one night, so it’s a great excuse to set aside multiple nights for quality time.

Spend time with each other and give back to your local community. Volunteering is even more fun when you have somebody there to do it with. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other local couples in your area.

Working on your house can be a great way to spend quality time together. It doesn’t have to be a major renovation – even putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls or swapping out some light fixtures can make a big difference in your space. Not only will you prevent yourself from spending money going out, but it’s also an affordable way to add value to your house. Just don’t forget to award yourself with some relaxation time at the end of the day’s work.

When was the last time you opened your photo album? If it’s been a while, why not go through pictures of your wedding or another special day with your significant other? Use the photos as an opportunity to exchange memories and stories with each other.

Bonus: Some studies suggest that thinking about happy memories can actually make you healthier.

Remember, the most important part of a date is spending quality time together; it’s not about how much money you spend. In our fast-paced society, it’s easy to skimp out on spending time with the important people in life, especially when we let costs get in the way. The tips above are suitable for all times of the year (not just Valentine’s Day), so you can make it a habit to set aside more quality time with one another.

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