Best Date Ideas for Under $30

Date night is KEY to keeping your relationship fun and exciting! The problem is that paying for romantic nights out when you're a young married couple is not always a possibility... These are some of my favorite ideas for a care-free, inexpensive date with your babe!  

Have a Bon Fire -

First on the list is one of my all time FAVORITE pastimes.  Pretty much all that you need for this one is a good place to have a fire (like up a canyon, or a local campground), firewood, a lighter, camp chairs, and supplies for fire food if you want itI Our favorites are tinfoil dinners and, of course, S'MORES. 

Go to a Farmers' Market  -

The Farmers' Market is such a fun and simple date! You can walk around with your sweetheart, enjoy the local art, buy some fresh flowers... So many options! I LOVE our local farmers' market because of all the farm-fresh produce, and I swear everyone brings their cute dogs with them!

Go Ice Skating -

I feel like ice skating is a totally underrated date idea. It is the perfect excuse to bundle up, hold hands (usually to keep each other from falling down), and laugh together! Even with skate rentals, ice skating is usually super affordable, too! Just call your local rink and ask for the free/public skate times and prices. 

Movie Night In - 

Never underestimate the power of a good movie night on the couch. It is so fun to head to the grocery store, give each other ten bucks for WHATEVER movie night snacks you want, then head home for popcorn and movies! My go-to movie night snack right now is a big ol' plate of apple nachos. Slice up an apple as thin as you want, fan them out on a plate, and cover them with melted chocolate, peanut butter, almonds, anything that sounds good! 

Movie Night Out - 

It's not easy to keep a movie night out under $30... But it's possible! There's the dollar movie theatre that plays older movies for cheaper tickets, or most movie theaters have one day a week where tickets are discounted. Our local theaters have $5 Tuesdays where all tickets to all movies are only $5!! You just have to make sure and book your seats ahead of time if you can. Or, my FAVORITE movie night out is to the drive in theater! Load up your car with as many snacks and blankets as possible, and head to the closest drive in! They usually charge about $10 per person, but you get to see two films instead of one AND cuddle up with your sweetie during the show! 

Go to the Pool - 

If it's hot outside, hitting your local public pool is the perfect inexpensive date night/day! Bring your pop-up shade and a cooler full of your favorite drinks and spend the day together getting tan.

Mini Golfing - 

Talk about a classic! Mini golfing is SO fun and, again, SO cheap. Go choose your ball color and rock that mini golf course! 

Go Bowling - 

Another classic date night idea, but definitely not boring! You can go for the traditional bowling, or a cute round of skittle bowling! Skittle bowling is where you go to the lanes with a bag of Skittles, and before each turn you get one piece of candy. Whatever color your candy is means that you bowl a certain way. For example, a red Skittle could mean that you bowl with your left hand, purple could mean that you have to bowl two-handed, etc... Look up a list of rules on Pinterest, it'll be sure to keep you both laughing! 

Go to the Zoo - 

Whether you are in a big city with an epic zoo, or a small town like Logan, Utah that has a cute local zoo, it is always a fun time! Check out petting zoo hours, and get a list of different shows/demonstrations throughout the day that you want to make sure and see. The zoo is awesome no matter how old you are! 

Go Hiking - 

Exploring the great outdoors with your favorite person is basically as good as it gets. Find a list of nearby hiking trails to try, and work your way through them all! Pack up a bag with lots of water, snacks, and bug spray, and you will be ready to go! 

Go to a Rodeo - 

No matter what time of year it is, there is usually a rodeo going on somewhere nearby! That being said, the best time of year for a rodeo date is in the summertime during your local fair. Rodeo tickets are usually cheap enough that you can grab some fair food to make the night even better! Put on your cowboy boots and get ready to cheer! 

Take a Class - 

I LOVE learning new things, especially with my hubby by my side! Check in with your local rec center or a local community college; there's usually fun and inexpensive little classes that you can take. You could take a dance class, a painting class, learn to make pottery, or sign up for a cooking class! Grab a list of options and look through to find something totally new that you're both interested in!

Go to a Sporting Event - 

Okay, not all sporting event tickets are going to be under $30... but if you have a local college or high school, you can TOTALLY make this happen! We randomly decided to go to our nearby high school's big rivalry basketball game, and it was seriously the BEST and most exciting sporting event I've been to in forever! And it only cost us $5 each!! Plenty of cash left over for ice cream after the game. 

 

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