26 Date Ideas On A Budget

Love don’t cost a thing. But if you can’t afford to go out for dinner or indulge in extravagant date nights on the weekly – we hear you, and we’ve got you covered. Sitting in front of the TV or watching Netflix every night is a sure fire way to get yourselves in a bit of a rut. There’s no excuse not to make the effort to have a date night, whatever your money sitch. So put your phones down, turn off that box set and get inspired by this list of cheap, simple date ideas to keep your relationship fun and fresh.

1. Make A Picnic

Pack your favourite picnic bits and add a few romantic aphrodisiacs – strawberries, champagne and chocolate. Head to the park, the coast or simply cover the living room floor in blankets, cushions and candles and have your own dinner with a difference.

2. Museum Trip

Get your culture on. Check out a local museum (most are free) and learn something new together. Open your world, eyes and explore ancient artifacts or technology of the future together. Even if you hate the idea, you can do a quick walk round, head to the cafe and check yourselves in on Facebook #RelationshipGoals.

3. Art Gallery

Again, most galleries are free although some exhibitions have a small entry fee. Get inspired and have fun critiquing the pieces together. ‘The aggressive use of colour in the work expresses the artist’s inner turmoil, yah?’

4. Food Market

‘Cos food is love. Find your local one or make a day trip to a well known gastro fest like the Stellenbosch Slow Market. Stroll through the stalls, hold hands and stuff yourselves with the best street food and organic juices the land has to offer. Great selfie opps too. Cute, huh?

5. Ice Skating

Go retro and get your skates on. Good or bad, it’s romantic and you’ll be laughing hard. Torvill and Dean who?

6. Bowling

Classic. Go early eve, don those hideous clown shoes and get competitive. Beer in plastic cups, tunes you’d long forgotten and all to play for if you ask for no barriers and make the stakes worth every strike…

7. Pub Quiz

Head to your local and opt in to the quiz. It’s worth the couple of bucks entry to feel the bomb when you know the answer, or come last together and realise you are intellectually 100% compatible. Love is simple.

8. Romantic Walk

Free, fresh air and a great way to talk with no distractions.

9. Baking

The Great South African Bake off is Back! Get inspired, Google some recipes and make a cake, loaf or showstopper together. Zola and Tjaart will be proud. #FoodPorn

10. Paint A Canvas Together

Pick up a canvas at your local craft shop. Make a collage of all those holiday pics still sitting in the drawer or get messy with the paints and create a masterpiece. Think Swayze and Demi Moore in Ghost.

11. Go-karting

Shut up and drive. Visor down and agree that the winner gets anything they want in bed that night. Winner takes all.

12. Cinema

A classic for a reason.

13. Come Dine With Me

Play come dine with me and cook a three course meal for each other on different nights. You’ll see how well they know you by the dishes they decide on, and skills in the kitchen can be rewarded by skills in the bedroom.

14. Porn Hub

Turn off Netflix and turn on Porn Hub…and each other. You’ll discover loads about what turns you both on and what things your partner is keen to try, but too scared to mention it over the dishes. Set the scene for sexual exploration.

15. Pudding Club

Go straight to dessert. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, have a night of indulgence and gorge on your favourite puddings. Great for a winter date night in, you could always eat them off each other.

16. Games Night

Crack out the board games, open a bottle of wine and get comfy. It’s game on – keep a tally of scores and the loser has to obey the other’s every command for the rest of the night…Let the games begin. Bored of Scrabble? Check out our sexy couples games.

17. Wine And Cheese Night

Best. Combo. Ever. Get cosy on the couch, try new cheeses and sip on your favourite wines.

18. Workout Class

Go to the local gym and get your endorphin rush together. After all, your bodies are each other’s temples, right? Make it a shrine to be worshipped.

19. Sexy Skype

Live apart or going away for a few days? Facetime or Skype naked. Show them how you masturbate for a call they’ll never forget.

20. Roleplay

Dress up and live out your fantasies. Whether you’re up for an all out uniform scenario, or just surprise them one night in jaw-dropping lingerie – it’ll shake up your routine and get you turned on outside of your comfort zones. Hello officer…

21. Cocktail Making

A great one for an idle Friday night in. Grab your fave liquors and get creative with sodas, juices, tropical fruits, ice – then blend and stir.  

22. Massage night

Light the candles and open the massage oil. Spas are overrated.

23. Have A Couples Dinner Party

Make Date Night a group date with other coupled up friends. It gets boring just being a twosome all the time, so suggest everyone brings a course or dish and let the wine and good times roll.

24. Star Gaze

Grab a blanket (or a coat) and take to the balcony or garden on a clear night. Lie on your backs and absorb the stars like Noah and Allie in the Notebook. #ItStillIsntOver!

25. Car Sex

Got a garage? Get off the couch, creep into the car and tick that naughty act off your F*ck It List.

26. Erotic Story Time

Write each other an erotic story, featuring you both as the main characters. Hot or hilarious, it will be get the creative and naughty thoughts flowing for a good night in. And they lived happily ever after.

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