Unique date ideas on a budget

Unique date ideas on a budget

By Rebecca, 02.05.2022

Stuck for date night ideas? You’ve come to the right place! Watching a movie and going for dinner are classic choices for a reason, but sometimes you want to do something a bit different without breaking the bank. Here are some unique date night ideas that will both impress your date and keep your wallet happy!

1. Make Your Own Pizza
Dates tend to revolve around going out for food, so do something different and make your own! You get to pick your ingredients for absolute deliciousness (and any allergy concerns) while keeping it budget friendly. Making everything from scratch, including the dough will lend itself as a natural icebreaker. If you want a longer date, then first head to a market together to pick out your ingredients.

2. Go To an Improv Show
Buying tickets to big shows can be quite pricey, but going to an improv show or amateur comedy night can be a budget-friendly option. You’ll get a full night of laughs while discovering local talent and learning about the type of humor your date enjoys. If you’re both laughing at the same parts, then that is probably a good sign. If the show is a bust, then at least you’ll have something to giggle about all night.

3. Be Tourists in Your Own City
Traveling is amazing because you get to experience local culture, traditional foods and gorgeous monuments like national parks and ancient temples. For some reason, we never do these things in our hometown. A date is a perfect setting to explore some of the city, including a museum or a church tour. Most cities have free walking tours where you can learn about the historical part of the city you live in. You don’t have to tell the tour guides you’re a local, you can pretend you are from somewhere else and add to the fun!

4. Prepare a list of questions
No, we are not advocating for you to interrogate your date about their future plans or current finances. That doesn’t sound too date-appropriate. However, you can both come up with quirky questions to ask each other. Would you rather go to the bottom of the ocean or to the summit of the tallest mountain? What would you pick for a superhero power? The questions will spark their own conversations and you’ll get to know your date in a different light.

5. Karaoke Night
Who doesn’t love a karaoke night? Whether you choose to sing or not, karaoke always creates some good memories. Karaoke nights often happen in more casual bars, so the drinks will be cheap and the entertainment will be guaranteed. Go check out the drunken talent and you’ll definitely have things to talk about for the rest of the night.

6. Flea Market
It might sound a bit odd to go shopping on a date, but flea markets bring a different kind of shopping experience. You don’t need to actually buy anything – instead, you can browse the stalls to see what is for sale. Flea markets contain a variety of items like homemade scarves, vintage action figures or antique furniture. Some of the items might spark a memory of your childhood home. You’ll be able to reminisce and share a bit of your history with each other.

7. Plan a Disposable Camera Day
Remember when you had a limited number of pictures and you just had to take one and hope for the best? Well, disposable cameras still exist and they are great accessories for a day around the city. You can create your own project and work on it together. For example, you can scour the city for large graffiti murals and take selfies in front of all of them. You get to explore the city without wandering aimlessly and get the bonus of some pretty cute photos.

8. Attend a Book Reading
There’s something so enticing about sitting in a café or a bookshop and listening to artists perform their art. Attending a book reading or a poetry night is a great way to support local artists and discover something new. They’re often hosted in strange corners of the city, so you’ll be able to have a full cultural evening with your date. Afterwards, you can discuss the art that was presented and talk about what you enjoyed (or didn’t enjoy).

9. Go to a Bingo night
Yes, we really suggested bingo. Before you laugh too hard at the idea, take a moment to think about it. You’re doing something totally unique, it is inexpensive and guaranteed to entertain for a few hours. You’ll both have a great story to tell! Of course, if you do plan on going to a bingo night, make sure your date has the same sense of humour and adventure as you. If you aren’t sure, then this activity will let you find out!

10. Paint Together
If you’re looking for an indoor activity that doesn’t include movie watching, then try to paint together. We don’t mean getting two separate canvases, either. Decide what you’re going to paint, plan it out a little bit and then take turns actually painting the canvas. You’ll end up with a true masterpiece that displays the combination of your talents. You’ll either have something to hang on your wall if your relationship blossoms, or something to burn if it doesn’t. If you aren’t artists, don’t worry about the result too much. Just have fun and remember that wine helps get the creative juices flowing!

There are so many budget friendly date ideas out there! The key is to find an activity that will create laughter or spark conversation. It doesn’t matter if the activity is free, because your date will only remember how unique it truly was! If your date doesn’t like your creative ideas, you should find someone who does!

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