Welcome to the Era of Infla-dating—Here Are the 80 Best Cheap Date Ideas For You and Your Boo

Saving money and spending quality time together is what dating is all about these days.

Everyone loves to go on a date—whether it's your first date or you've been in a relationship for years, dating helps keep that spark alive. However, date nights can get expensive (especially when you are trying to make memories), so we found 80 cheap date ideas that are sure to be remembered.

With infla-dating on the rise (focusing on the quality time spent together instead of spending a ton of money on the date), we've come prepared with plenty of cheap date night ideas whether you want to stay inside and cozy, you want to go on double dates or you are looking for ways to relax together. Life is stressful enough without having to pinch pennies to enjoy a date with your partner! So set your cost fears aside and open your mind up to the possibilities ahead. Your bank account (and your relationship) will thank you later!

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80 Best Cheap Date Ideas


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Bring snacks from home, snuggle up and enjoy a movie with your love—it's the perfect cheap date night idea.

Glass Blowing

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Glass-blowing studios seem to be popping up everywhere, and for good reason—they offer single classes as well as multiweek options. This is a fun activity that taps into your creative side while keeping it hot!

Wine Tasting

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Chelsea Pridham/Unsplash

Liquor stores often have a bargain bin of wine that has yet to be loved, ask the clerk and grab a few bottles of something you've never heard of! You can be an amateur wine sommelier with your date, all you need is a little imagination and a wine opener. Voila! Date night.


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Toomas Tartes/Unsplash

Hiking is near the top of cheap date dreams. You can keep it simple with an easy route where you stop for a water break with views or you can hike to a spot that feels right and have an impromptu celebratory snack!

Art Museum

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Andrew Neel/Unsplash

Art museums are an underrated date option—you are surrounded by beautiful art that can often prompt fun conversations and teach you something new about your date.

Cooking Class

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Maarten van den Heuvel/Unsplash

Local rec centers offer more than just Zumba classes—check yours out they may offer cooking classes at a discounted rate.


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Funny shoes, rented balls and beer by the pitcher! Throw in a little competition over who gets the most strikes and you have yourself an exciting evening.

Coffee Shop



Head to your local coffee shop, bring a good book or a crossword, and enjoy some coffee with your love. There really is something magical about catching a smile from your date over the top of a coffee cup.


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The average cost of a campsite in the US is $15-$40 per night which makes camping a perfect option for a getaway on a budget!

Miniature Golf

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Waldemar Brandt/Unsplash

Mini golf is a great way to spend time with your date, not only is this fun and inexpensive, it pushes you to keep your phone in your pocket while you enjoy the moments.

Meal Kit

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Being side by side in the kitchen working towards a common goal of an amazing dinner is near the top of my romance list. Meal kits make it easy so you and your date can cook, chat and make memories with the aromas of a delicious meal in the air.

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When you have fresh air and cute animals what more could you need? Visit your local zoo and hang with some new furry friends. Bonus during the holiday season you can see if your local zoo offers a holiday lights display at night!

Dinner and a Sunset

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Photo by Cedrik Wesche on Unsplash

There is truly nothing more romantic than enjoying a meal with your date as the sun sets on the day. The food doesn't matter as much as the company so keep it easy and carefree with your dinner choice.

Bike Ride

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Photo by Kevin Grieve on Unsplash

Bike rides are a great way to get the blood pumping and adrenaline flowing! Even if you don't have a bike, most major cities allow you to rent bikes for reasonable fees. Grab your date and a helmet and hit the town enjoying all the views.

Outdoor Concert

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Photo by Kane Reinholdtsen on Unsplash

Outdoor concerts often feature the best local music talent in your area. No matter the music playing grab your date and dance, and enjoy this cheap date night idea.

Botanical Garden

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Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Botanical gardens often have something for everyone—outdoor garden spaces, trails and indoor conservatories that can be filled with plants from all over the world. In the winter months, any activity that is warm is generally welcome. Botanical gardens are not only cheap to visit but they offer you a glimpse of that warm air you miss from the summer months.


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Photo by Taryn Manning on Unsplash

Kayak rentals can cost on average $35-$45 for half a day. You can mix it up and do a tandem kayak just to keep your date closer and the cost down. Whether you own a kayak or rent one you can turn any day magical on the open water.


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Photo by Alexandra Dementyeva on Unsplash

Picnics can be as fancy or as simple as you want them to be which makes them the ideal cheap date. You can make simple sandwiches or reheat a delicious meal on an outdoor camp stove. All you truly need is a blanket and a little imagination.

Specialty Cocktails

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Photo by Victoria Hendzel on Unsplash

Almost everyone has a guide to cocktails in their home and there is no better time to use it. Take a look at your bar cart, see what you have a surplus of and let your date choose the drink of the evening.

Driving Range

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Photo by kaleb tapp on Unsplash

The driving range is always a fun option for couples no matter where you live. The cost for this activity is dependent on the size of the bucket of balls you choose.

Rent a Movie

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Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

There is an abundance of streaming services and lately, they are all putting out some quality content. So snuggle up on the couch and enjoy a new movie with your favorite cuddle buddy.

Comedy Club

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Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Comedy clubs are often overlooked as a cheap date option but these tickets are generally less than $25 each depending on the act for the evening. So grab a seat in the back and enjoy some laughs.

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Sporting Event

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If you find yourself near a stadium on game day, head to a ticket window and see what tickets they have available. Purchasing from the box office on-site allows you to avoid some of those pesky fees that always push the cost to the max.

Try a New Food Truck

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Photo by Joana Godinho on Unsplash

You know there is a truck you've had your eye on recently—the lines have been long and the smell has been heavenly. Food trucks are hidden gems when it comes to good eating, but we all find our favorites and stick to them like loyal Swifties. Use your date as an emotional support person, be brave and try something new.

Open Mic Night

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Photo by Bogomil Mihaylov on Unsplash

Now hear me out, open mic nights can be so much fun! It's like being a part of American Idol but in the front row. Bars that have open mic nights often offer drink specials so not only do you get a mini concert but you can enjoy it without the expensive drink cost.

Painting Class

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Photo by tabitha turner on Unsplash

Painting classes are a fun option to try with your date. You can take a class at your local rec center or attempt an online course from the comfort of your own home.

Board Games

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Photo by Kathy Marsh on Unsplash

Everyone knows a game of Monopoly can take up your entire evening, so grab a bottle of wine and find out if your significant other is good with money or goes broke for buying up every property. If you don't want to spend all evening playing Monopoly, try Yahtzee or Scrabble. After all, these games are classics for a reason.

Scavenger Hunt

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

While this date idea takes a bit of planning and forethought, it can be a fun, exciting way to spend the day together! If the idea of planning a scavenger hunt seems daunting, don't worry—a quick Google search will give you plenty of ideas to start your adventure.

Binge a Show

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Photo by Erik Mclean on Unsplash

When you are in a relationship and you find a show to watch with your significant other, the hardest part is finding the time to watch it together.  So clear your weekend, put on your most comfortable pair of sweats and binge your favorite show together. Pro tip: keep a frozen pizza on hand to stop you from ordering in when your hunger hits.


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Photo by Alen Kajtezovic on Unsplash

Whether you take an in-person class or one online, yoga is a great date option. This date allows you to take care of your physical and mental health together as a couple. Nothing makes love blossom more than that post-yoga calm.

Road Trip

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Photo by Jimmy Conover on Unsplash

Gas prices have started to come down, so there is no better time to take a road trip. If you are a planner, quality destinations are bountiful. If you feel like a little adventure, fill up your gas tank and hit the road because there is so much to see across the U.S. in any direction you may head.


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All you need to enjoy the stars are clearer skies, so head out of the city and look up at the sky while you take in all the galaxies—you'll have an unforgettable, romantic date night.

Farmers Market

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Photo by Gabriella Clare Marino on Unsplash

Cheap prices and fresh produce are just two of the best reasons to go to a farmer's market. You can pick up some cheap dinner options or a beautiful bouquet of flowers while you stroll hand in hand with your date.

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Visit a Local Brewery

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Photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash

Whether you sit at the bar or take a growler to go, local breweries are a perfect cheap date for you to try.


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There is no cheaper date than heading to the library, so get lost in the stacks with your love while you take in some classic literature.

Dive Bar

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Photo by Alex Knight on Unsplash

Dive bars are underrated on what they offer you from a date perspective. Generally, there are minimal windows, so the outside world is shut out, drinks are cheap and if you find the right one, you can experience the best people-watching.

Rock Climbing

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Photo by Rahadiansyah on Unsplash

Rock climbing is a fun way to spend an afternoon with your date! You can climb together or one of you can belay the other—it all depends on what you are feeling that day.

Trivia Night

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Photo by Sean Benesh on Unsplash

Trivia night is a fun couples date option you can try. Many bars that offer trivia night also offer patrons drink specials to keep them there long after trivia ends.

Dance Class

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Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

So you think you can dance? Take your date out for something different and try a ballroom dance class. Check out local dance studios in your area to see what they offer!

Go for Run

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Photo by Rinke Dohmen on Unsplash

While going for a run may not sound like an ideal date for some, this really works. Some studies show that couples who exercise together tend to have a more quality relationship. What more do you need to hear?

Make Dessert Together

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Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Let them eat cake...or cookies or maybe even a pie. Making a dessert together keeps things sweet and satisfying.


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Leave your inhibitions at the door and belt out your favorite tune. Karaoke is a truly fun way to spend a date making memories.


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Set up shop at your coffee table, put on some good music and tackle a large puzzle together. An entertaining, yet cheap date night idea.

Roller Skating

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Photo by Lukas Schroeder on Unsplash

Think about your youth and how exciting it was to hold hands with your favorite skating partner. Now fast forward to the present day—wouldn't it be lovely to relive those days with your favorite person?

DIY Home Project

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Photo by Roselyn Tirado on Unsplash

Sure, home improvement projects are no fun, but if you do it as a couple you can make anything fun!

Ice Cream Bar

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Photo by Steve Shreve on Unsplash

Obviously, I have already sold you on this date idea with just the words "ice cream bar," but in case you need to hear more, just think about how amazing it would be to enjoy not only your favorite flavors but your partners as well. So grab your favorite ice cream spoon, a few pints, some whipped cream, and see where the night takes you.

Laser Tag

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Laser tag is another fun group date option that is not only cheap but fun. When you add other couples to the mix, the competitive element gets higher and everything becomes more fun.

Charcuterie Board

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Photo by Aaron Huber on Unsplash

You can get fancy or you can keep it simple, but I don't think anyone has met a charcuterie board that they haven't loved. You can add a cheap bottle of wine to bring your board up one level.

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Trampoline Park

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Trampoline parks are a great way to have fun and act like a child with your date. This cheap date is guaranteed to give you memories that last.

Sushi at Home

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This is a fun way to try something different at home while enjoying a food favorite. Making sushi at home can be a cheap alternative to eating out when you already have most of the ingredients in your fridge.

Pool Shark

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Photo by Klara Kulikova on Unsplash

Grab quarters from your change jar and call dibs on the next game. Playing pool is a great way to spend a date.

Happy Hour

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Photo by Harps Joseph on Unsplash

Happy Hour is often the best part of any day. Text your partner to meet you at your favorite watering hole for cheap drinks and eats because remember, happy hour doesn't just apply to drinks!

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Local Art

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Photo by Sina HN Yazdi on Unsplash

Local art galleries are excellent options for dates not only can you view amazing art but the cost of entry is FREE! So hurry and visit your local art gallery.

Struggle Meals

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Photo by Sam Balye on Unsplash

This is where the internet can save the day. Struggle Meals is a great show that you and your date can watch to get some great dinner ideas while staying on budget.

Grab Breakfast

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Photo by Ben Kolde on Unsplash

Head to your favorite diner and enjoy a delicious breakfast as a perfect date to start the day.  Breakfast is the cheapest meal, so this is an easy solution to a cheap meal out.

Build a Snowman

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Photo by Showkat Chowdhury on Unsplash

Do you wanna build a snowman? Yes, of course you do, because it's super fun and free! Grab some snowman essentials and head out into the cold.


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Going to an arcade is another classic date night idea that is making a comeback as arcade bars are popping up everywhere. So, find your nearest one and challenge your partner to your favorite game.

Plan a Dream Trip

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

While you may not have the money at this moment for a trip, planning your dream trip together is free. Charge up your laptops and start planning your future escape from reality.

Food Festival

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Photo by Nataniel Susantoputra on Unsplash

Food festivals have it all. Literally. Anything you might want is all in a centrally located area, so there really is nothing else you need—perfect for infla-dating!


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Groupon was made for people who want to date on a budget. Pull up the website or the app and see what is happening in your area today!

Ice Skating

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Photo by Johnell Pannell on Unsplash

Whether you have an outdoor rink nearby, create a small one in your backyard, or have an indoor rink close by, ice skating is a unique date that's super fun and inexpensive!


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Photo by Klara Avsenik on Unsplash

Fondue at home is so much fun! Cheese? Chocolate? Doesn't matter—just don't forget the wine!

Open House

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Photo by Blake Wheeler on Unsplash

Searching for your dream home is fun and made even better when you bring your partner with you! Check out local listings to see open houses in your area. This is a great way to see where you are aligned on future home desires.


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Photo by Kenrick Mills on Unsplash

S'mores at home are the sweetest. Keep it fun by switching up your chocolate layer (think: Peanut Butter Cup).

Locally Owned Bookstore

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Check out your local bookstore. They have likely been around for years, and offer fun architecture and an exciting array of books in a cozy setting.

New Year, New Bucket List

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Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

Making a bucket list for future dates together is a great way to bond as you look toward the future together.

Community Play

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Photo by "My Life Through A Lens" on Unsplash

Community plays allow you to enjoy the theatre on a budget.

At-Home Spa Night

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Photo by Diana Light on Unsplash

A spa night at home can really deliver everything you and your partner need for relaxation and romance. Don't forget to light your favorite scented candle while you give each other massages.

Holiday Market

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Photo by Daniil Silantev on Unsplash

Holiday markets are everywhere right now and you can't help but get wrapped up in the holiday spirit as you stroll through. Bundle up, grab your date's arm and see what you find!

Test Drive

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Photo by Andraz Lazic on Unsplash

You only live once so you might as well drive your dream car when you can. Take your significant other for a test drive in their favorite car and be the hero of the day!

Pizza Night

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Photo by Vita Marija Murenaite on Unsplash

When you make pizza at home, the possibilities are somewhat endless. If you plan ahead, you can make the dough at home or you can buy premade dough at most grocery stores. This a fantastic cheap date that is not only fun but tastes delicious.

Pottery Class

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Photo by Earl Wilcox on Unsplash

Here is yet another reason to visit your local rec center or pottery guild. This date is a great option if you want to think outside of the box and get your creative juices flowing.

Volunteer Together

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Photo by Joel Muniz on Unsplash

Doing for others is often more enjoyable than doing something for yourself. Look to see where you can help in your local community for your next date.

Try a New Food

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Photo by Mgg Vitchakorn on Unsplash

Trying new food is fun when your favorite person is with you, so be bold and try something unique.

Run Errands Together

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Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

This may not sound like fun, but running errands with your partner is going to be appreciated, and appreciation can lead to snuggles.


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Bonfires give you a reason to snuggle up. Anyone can have a bonfire now, even if you live in the city! City Bonfires offer cheap options for everyone who wants to have a bonfire but is limited by their living space.

Scenic Drive

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Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash

No matter where you live, I'm sure that off the top of your head right now, you can come up with a scenic drive that would be great for you to share with your partner. So gas up your car and hit the road!

Pet Sit

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Photo by Matt Nelson on Unsplash

Maybe you don't have an animal together and you want to see how it would go. Try pet sitting! You can experience a brand new way of life together just for a weekend and you can make money!

Batting Cages

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Photo by kaleb tapp on Unsplash

Batting cages are a fun date when your significant other has had a stressful work day!

Next up, 75 Winter Date Ideas to Warm Your Heart and Heat up Your Love Life