Last year it dawned on me that it had been a long time since James and I had a true and honest date night.

This was something I was determined to change and even made it a part of my goals for the new year. Prior to this, date nights kind of slipped by the wayside. We usually go out to dinner with the family but we can’t count that as a date night, and we pretty much stopped planning date nights at all. Insane, I know!

Date nights are important for all couples. It gives both of you a chance to reconnect and focus on your relationship.

It can be pretty tough to find new or fun things to do when you’re living on a tight budget. You don’t have to drain your wallet at fancy restaurants to have a good time with your significant other. If you look past the typical dinner and a movie, you’ll find there are a number of things you can do together that are frugal and fun.

One neat way to choose what to do is to print the list below and cut each line out separately and put them in a jar. Then, you each choose one out of the jar and decide which item you want to go do! It’s a list of 100 date night jar ideas!

Since we have made date night a priority again, we’ve come up with a number of fun ways to have our date nights, without a pricey bill at the end of the evening.

If you are on a tight budget like we are, you can still enjoy quality time with each other and rekindle your romance. Here are some great at home date night ideas you and your spouse can enjoy on any budget. After all, spending time together is what REALLY matters, not how much you’re spending.


Laugh Together On A Game Night

Game nights are a great way to enjoy a date night at home. Pour yourself some more coffee, get some snacks, and play some of the games from your childhood.

If you don’t own any board games, don’t let that stop you from having a game night. You can play Pictionary or “Heads Up” using an app on your phone.

Farkle is one of our favorite games to play! It’s like a card game and a dice game all in one.

We also grab out the iPad and sip on coffee while we play “Nine Holes” together for HIGH STAKES (such as who gets to pick the next movie we watch together).


Take Dance Lessons Right From Your Living Room

If you have dreamed of taking dance lessons with your spouse, you can learn how to Salsa, Tango, or Ballroom Dance right from your living room!

YouTube has tutorials for any type of dance you could possibly think of. Get all dressed up and make a night of it by spending quality time with your partner and learn a new skill.


Have A Picnic In Your Backyard

If you have a backyard or patio, take a blanket and a picnic basket and have dinner (or even just dessert) under the stars.

Make a dessert from scratch together and enjoy it while watching the stars, or make their favorite meal and surprise them with a romantic dinner!

Take some candles from around the house to set the mood, just be careful when handling an open flame.


Watch Old Home Movies

When was the last time you watched your wedding video? Yeah, it had been at least 10 years for us too.

Grab some popcorn and curl up on the couch while you watch your wedding video or other home movies from the past. Nothing rekindles romance quicker than watching yourself fall in love all over again.

If you don’t have any of your home movies, watch movies from when you were a kid, or from back when you were dating. James and I both loved the Disney movie Aladdin as kids, so that movie holds a special place in our hearts.


Play The Newlywed Game

One of our favorite things to do on road trips is to ask each other questions. Sometimes I’ll search the internet far and wide and print out a bunch of questions for our trips, or sometimes it’s just a simple game of would you rather. Either way, asking and answering questions with your spouse can be a lot of fun!

If you are looking to play the Newlywed Game with your spouse, here are some questions to get you started.

Okay, ready for the list of items to cut up and put in your jar to help you get creative for your next date? Grab your scissors, mason jar and printer paper and get busy making memories!

Here Are 100 Frugal Date Night Jar Ideas!

  1. Visit a local flower garden or park and smell the flowers
  2. Attend a local festival in your hometown, or nearby
  3. Visit your local farmer’s market
  4. Plan an at-home brunch with another couple
  5. Go on a bike ride together
  6. Go hiking or on a long walk through your city
  7. Take a drive to a nearby city and explore
  8. Grab a Groupon and try something new together
  9. Check out Restaurants.com for coupons and try a new restaurant
  10. Have a mini photoshoot together
  11. Go to a local baseball game together (often you can find cheap tickets)
  12. Train for a 5k together
  13. Cook a new recipe together {Start with these recipes!}
  14. Check out free or cheap weekend classes at your library or a nearby community college
  15. Have a themed movie marathon
  16. Go for a picnic
  17. If you can, grab a blanket and watch a meteor shower. Check online to find out when one will be visible near you.
  18. Check out a local movie or concert in the park
  19. Go camping
  20. Go thrift shopping together
  21. Go Geocaching
  22. Take a cooking class (check out community centers or Groupon for great deals)
  23. Play hooky from work and spend the day together (don’t do this more than once!)
  24. Head to the beach or the lake together
  25. Visit a fair or festival that offers free admission
  26. Grab discount passes and head to your local aquarium or zoo for the day
  27. Join a local sports team together
  28. Take a lunch date at work
  29. Watch the sunset together
  30. Go for a walk
  31. Go bowling during the week (they tend to have cheaper prices on weekdays)
  32. Take a dance class together
  33. Go apple, peach or berry picking. Find out what’s in season near you.
  34. Visit a local arcade
  35. Visit a pumpkin patch
  36. Go back to the place where you had your first date (even if it’s not your anniversary)
  37. Go listen to a local band
  38. Play mini golf together
  39. Read a book out loud together
  40. Rent bad movies and poke fun at them together
  41. Scrapbook together
  42. Take an exercise class together
  43. Play your favorite childhood video games or board games together
  44. Dress up for a night in
  45. When it snows, play in the snow together (don’t forget to build a snowman and take a picture!)
  46. Make an ornament or decoration together
  47. Volunteer together
  48. Go ice skating
  49. Attend free lectures
  50. Make a bucket list
  51. Go see a play
  52. Build a time capsule together
  53. Plan a trip together
  54. Snuggle up and make hot cocoa
  55. Start your own book club
  56. Play video games together
  57. Go rollerblading or to a roller skating rink
  58. Watch a free improv show
  59. Paint together
  60. Take a tour of a museum (check online for free museum days)
  61. Go to an open mic night together
  62. Go fishing
  63. Try origami
  64. Partner up with another couple for a night of trivia
  65. Go swimming together
  66. Go Stargazing
  67. Attend a poetry reading
  68. Fly a kite together
  69. Play truth or dare
  70. Do a puzzle together
  71. Have an at-home spa day
  72. Learn a new skill (youtube is awesome for this)
  73. Start a blog together
  74. Check out indoor rock climbing
  75. Watch the sunrise from your porch
  76. Work out together
  77. Rent a movie and make popcorn at home
  78. Go paintballing
  79. Take turns picking Youtube videos to watch
  80. Have a water balloon fight
  81. People watch in a public place
  82. Go to the driving range
  83. Go to a shooting range
  84. Window shop at the mall (but resist the urge to buy!)
  85. Go out for dessert
  86. Play laser tag
  87. Make a craft together
  88. Camp out in your backyard
  89. Learn a new language together
  90. Look at old photos or home movies
  91. Take cheesy relationship quizzes online
  92. Find scenic spots to take pictures
  93. Sing Karaoke
  94. Go watch a movie at the drive in
  95. Rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboard
  96. Plan your next big adventure
  97. Visit a state park. Find out when the next free days will be.
  98. Visit a national park. Find out when the next free days will be.
  99. Explore a local flea market
  100. Play Bingo at a local Bingo hall
  101. Attend or host a Bible study

Date nights don’t have to cost any money, and you don’t even have to leave your house to have a good time together.

Whether you’re having a movie night at home or enjoying dinner under the stars, the important thing to remember is that date night is all about enjoying each other’s company.

Don’t spend so much time planning your date night that you can’t even enjoy it when the moment arrives.


YOUR TURN: What are you most excited to do from this list? Bingo? I thought so! Comment below with your favorite!

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