Before we started a family, and before we got married, my husband and I dated. We went on a wide variety dates including a few very special trips overseas. These days our dating budget is a little more limited. But having a family budget, doesn’t mean couples shouldn’t stop dating!
I’m sharing a few of our very favorite budget friendly date ideas, just in time for Valentine’s Day! I hope these inspire you to enjoy the company of your significant other, no matter what your budget!
1 // Cozy date night in: Discover Your Love Languages
I wouldn’t recommend this as a first date, but if you’ve been seriously dating your significant other, engaged, or married for any number of years, you can’t go wrong with this cozy date night in idea. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts is such an amazing book, but you don’t have to purchase the book to have a cozy date night in together! You can take the quiz here and talk about your individual love languages. It’s a great way to get closer.
2 // Classic Date Night: Wine and Art Museum Tour
We love our local art museum, it’s such a treasure. On Friday nights they have a wine bar, and once a month do a docent lead tour of the permanent collection. Even if you can’t catch a tour, most museums have options for self guided tours, and visiting exhibits!
3 // Twist on the Classic: Champaign and Chocolate Tasting
You can stick to a budget, and still enjoy a high end date. Often smaller, local restaurants will let you bring your own bottle of wine, including sparkling wine. With a small corking fee you can enjoy your favorite bottle of bubbly with your restaurant dinner! We have a local Chocolate Factory that offers bean-to-bar chocolate, delectable sipping cocoa, and silky ganache! Its the perfect place to enjoy a date night!
4 // Volunteer Together at a Food Pantry
Volunteering at a food pantry is a great way to spend time with your significant other! If you’ve never volunteered before, give it a try. My hubby and I use to spend a lot of time volunteering at our local food bank, and I always felt like we grew closer together after our time volunteering. We enjoy volunteering at this food pantry.
5 // Take a Cooking Class
If you’ve never taken a cooking class, it’s something you should try at least once. Learning a new cooking skill can be fun and challenging. You can learn to cook with wine, or date night meals from Paris, French desserts or even brunch meals! There are so many options to choose from! Check to see if you have a class near you!
6 // Head to the Batting Cages
Looking for a different kind of date night? Guys love to do activities with their significant others, including hitting the batting cages. Even if you’re not a Babe Ruth, it’s still a really fun way to get out of your comfort zone and connect with your partner.
7 // Compete in your own Go-Kart Race
Ready, set, go! Are you and your sweetie the competitive type? Reve your engines and let loose at closed course go-kart racing track! We love this track.
8 // Plan a Hike at a Local Park
One of our favorite ways to spend time together while we were dating was to go on group hikes. Spending time outside in nature is such a great way to relieve stress and get some much needed fresh air for those of us stuck inside all day! When the days are shorter, like in winter, parks tend to close a little earlier than in the longer summer days. As long as you plan around this it should a a really fun date! Bonus points if you pop into a local brewery after to share a beer!
9 // Picnic in a Botanical Garden
Another favorite date of ours that never gets old is visiting our local botanical garden! Bring along snacks, or even a meal for dining alfresco, or eating outside to linger a little longer in the gardens! We’ve been enjoying a bit of a warm spell in the south and now’s the perfect time to take your meals outside while there are no bugs!
10 // Game Night
Did you have game nights in college? How about during camp, or on retreats when you were younger? Why not do it again? Many of us met our significant other while in college, or shortly after. Dates don’t have to be expensive to be fun, pull out a pack of cards and play poker or Blackjack. There are tons of great two player games too that you can play while the kids are in bed for a date-night-in! We love to play this quick and easy game, this one that’s a bit more challenging or even this classic one that always brings on the giggles!
We LOVE hearing from you! Comment below if you tried any of these date night ideas, or if we missed one of your favorite ways to spend time with your significant other!