The best at home date ideas!
Looking for some cheap at home date night ideas??? You’ve come to the right place!
I’ve been married 17 years and life has HAPPENED. Right now the majority of our time is spent taking care of our three kids, working our jobs, and maintaining our home. It’s been far to easy to become consumed with all of our long list of “to dos” and leave less time for each other. We have learned that we MUST make date night a priority, or else it probably won’t happen.
However, dating can be expensive! Just dinner and a movie could easily cost you a quick $50. PLUS, when you have to hire a babysitter….those dates can add up fast. I have BEEN there!
We learned quickly that if we wanted to have regular date night, without breaking the budget, we needed to start having them at home. We brainstormed some fun at home date ideas, schedule a night each week, put the kids to bed, turn off the TV, put away all phones and other distractions and we spend time together. It has done wonders for our relationship!
I’m excited to share our cheap at home date night ideas with you! I hope you can find something that you and your partner will enjoy together.
- For even more free date night ideas check out my post, 20 FREE Valentine Date Ideas.
Our Favorite Cheap At Home Date Night Ideas
Remember that a good date night is all about spending time together. There are so many free things you can do during a date night at home! Enjoy these easy at home date ideas!
1. Candlelight Dinner
There’s no rule that says you have to go out to a fancy restaurant in order to enjoy a romantic dinner. You can have it right at home!
Put your kids to bed and enjoy a quiet dinner, just the two of you. Set the mood by lighting some candles, dimming the lights, and adding a pretty tablecloth.
Make sure to cook your favorite dinner before hand to enjoy together. It doesn’t even need to be fancy, as long as it’s something the two of you both love!
2. Put Together a Puzzle
Grab a puzzle and spend some time putting it together. This is such a great time to talk and laugh. We love having a project/goal we can work towards together.
Bonus! If you choose a more difficult puzzle you can turn your date night into a multiple night date! My husband and I love Dowdle Puzzles.
3. Would you Rather
Ask each other “would you rather” questions to get to know each other a little better. This is such a fun way to learn more about each other.
You can ask serious questions, or be a little more lighthearted and fun. I’m still surprised at all the random idiosyncrasies I keep learning about my husband!
Here are some fun Would You Rather questions to help you get started!
4. Food Tasting
Get brave in the kitchen by trying out some new foods together. When planning for this date look for new food at the grocery store that you normally wouldn’t buy. Perhaps, some fancy cheeses and unique fruits. You might even find a few new favorite foods!
5. Personality Quizzes
I’m a bit of a nerd in the fact that I seriously love personality quizzes. I’m betting there isn’t a personality quiz out there that I haven’t taken.
For a fun date night you could both take a personality quiz and then read each others results. This is such a great way to get to know each other and understand the other better. Understanding your spouses personality can really strengthen your marriage.
6. Dream Board
Another cheap at home date night idea is to put together a dream board together.
A dream board is a board where you put your dreams, goals, and aspirations on. This can be done using pictures or words. Being able to voice your dreams and then visualize it is a great way to achieving it!
Spend some time together dreaming up your future and then put those dreams on paper with your dream board. Print out a few pictures that represent your dreams to add to your board.
Make sure to gang it up somewhere that you will both see it regularly. This part is important to see success!
7. Outdoor Picnic
If it’s warm outside, set up a little outdoor picnic. This is so easy to do! Just lay out a blanket to sit on, pack all your favorite finger foods, and enjoy time together in your own backyard.
Try to schedule it right before the sunset so you can enjoy dinner and a show. Be sure to bring an extra blanket for snuggling.
8. Ice Cream Sundaes
Ice cream is definitely not just for kids! My husband and I have a serious deep love for ice cream. It’s fairly common for one of us to buy a pint of ice cream as a sweet gesture to the other.
How about turning an ice cream sundae into a cheap at home date night! Grab some ice cream and your favorite toppings and enjoy a sundae with your sweetie. Finish it off with a cherry on top (of course!).
9. Play Name That Tune
Are you and your significant other music lovers?? Test each others music knowledge with a friendly game of name that tune.
You could travel back in time and play some of the hits from when you were kids or listen to the current hits. Turn it into a friendly competition with a small wager (maybe loser has to make the bed the next morning????).
10. Learn a New Skill
Is there a new skill you have been wanting to learn? Why not learn it together, as a couple! Watch some YouTube videos about the skill, or sign up for an online class together. These could be a few weeks worth of dates, as you continue to learn and improve your new skill.
Perhaps you will want to learn about photography, cooking, art, or a foreign language? The options are endless! Maybe you could each pick a new skill you would personally like to learn and you can take turns supporting and learning the others chosen skill together.
11. Game Night
I have a serious love for all games and it’s one of my favorite ways to spend an evening, it also makes a great date night.
Get out a few of your favorite board games and have an old fashioned game night. Pop some popcorn, or your favorite snack choice, and enjoy a night of friendly competition, food and good laughs.
12. Star Gazing
Spend a quiet evening together watching the stars. You could download a free astronomy app onto your phone to help you find some new constellations.
This is such a great date for snuggling, good conversation and a beautiful view.
13. Indoor Smores
Did you know that you can roast marshmallows indoors??? Because you can! Spend the evening together roasting marshmallows over the stove top and make indoor smores.
You can make the treat even extra special with gourmet smore toppings. Consider adding caramel, peanut butter, or any other goodie to your smore. It’s OK to act like a kid again with this fun treat!
You do not have to spend a lot of money, or even leave your house for a special date night. I am challenging you to start making date night a priority….even if you have to do it while staying at home!
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What are some of your favorite cheap at home date ideas???