5 Ideas for a Thoughtful But Frugal Date Night

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With Valentines just around the corner you will begin to see a theme here for the days preceding this lovely holiday. To kick off the Valentines inspiration I wanted to share some inexpensive but still romantic and fun dates that I am sure pretty most of us can fit into our budget, no matter how small that may be.

I have heard so many different times and from so many different people who I respect, that it is very important to always set aside that special time with just you and your spouse. My husband and I have taken this to heart from the very beginning of our marriage. Those weeks where we don’t make having a date night a priority, I definitely feel myself longing for that special time to reconnect with my hubby.

So don’t forget to make date night a priority! It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant or even need to cost a cent. Just making sure you have that time once a week to get back on the same page will really make such a difference. To make process this a little easier, I have put together a list of date night ideas to mix up your normal dating routine.

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This list is great for a Valentines date night but it can also be used for a spur of the moment night out or in together!

  1. $5 Target Gift Swap

This was one of our go-to mix it up date nights back when my hubby and I were in college. We went to school in the middle of freezing cold Idaho and in the dead of winter it was easy for a pair of outdoors loving people to get stir crazy. Not many options for places to go. So we would set out to the local superstore and start our date.

The rules were simple, buy each other a thoughtful or fun gift but the budget was $5 each and you had 30 minutes to make your purchase. We would take the gifts home wrap them up and anxiously wait for the other to open their gift. We never found anything amazing but it was so much fun to see what the other person came home with.

  1. Themed Movie Night

Choose a movie that you both will love and plan the evening around the flick you picked. An example of this would be if you chose a romantic comedy you could start the evening off with a nice romantic dinner, maybe finish off the meal with a shared dessert, and really set the mood by creating a special viewing area to watch the movie by decorating with twinkle Christmas lights or romantic candles.

Maybe your choice is an action movie that takes place on the streets of New York City. Cater your dinner to the theme by ordering take out or building your own personalized pizzas. Try to think of something special to tie the whole night together.

  1. Cupcake Wars

I havn’t done this one yet but I can’t wait to try it out. All you need are two boxes of cake mix (or ingredients to make from scratch if you are both more advanced in the culinary department!) and various ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

The objective, each make your own unique cupcake creation and see whose dessert turns out most tasty. You will have to be unbiased in your voting but remember to play nice, don’t forget you are on a date!

  1. Hotel de (Insert Last Name Here)

This one might take a little extra planning but I am sure the prep won’t go unnoticed. The idea for this one is to transform your bedroom into an escape from your everyday routine around the house. Create the illusion of a brief one-night stay at a fancy schmancy hotel without taking one step out the front door. This option is 100 times cheaper than the real thing by the way. 

Set the stage by making the bed with fresh crisp sheets and bedding. Top the pillows with mints and place a nicely printed “room service” menu front and center.

  1. “Drive-in” Movie on Location

Only items needed are a car, a laptop or something to watch your movie on, and some cozy blankets. Drive to a not so distant location to provide a beautiful backdrop for your movie night. Pick a spot to park and enjoy each other’s close company while cuddling up to a great movie. Super simple but takes you away from the norm. 

All right ladies, let’s give your man a break. Now it’s your turn to pick an idea and make it a special night to show your hubby how much you really do care and that you have put some extra thought into the night.

I hope your date night thoughts have been sparked and you are just as excited as I am to try these ideas out!

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  • Janet P.
    January 21, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Love your ideas. We always have a date night and have since we were first married 43 years ago. It does not have to be Friday night just make sure it happens. Sometimes we count going to the temple as our “night out”

  • Jenny Finney
    January 22, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    My husband and I always go out on Saturdays, dining or just driving out of town to explore. great Ideas!

    • Brittany Cooper
      January 22, 2015 at 8:06 pm

      Thanks Jenny! It really can be the most simple dates where you have the most fun!

  • Angela
    January 22, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I love the idea of $5 gift swap! That could really make things fun and creative! Theme nights also sound like something fun to do. Thank you for your ideas!

    • Brittany Cooper
      January 22, 2015 at 8:05 pm

      Angela I am so happy that you like this one! Like I said in my post, my husband and I did this when we were in college so we have so many fun memories with it!