Love Your Spouse

Date Nights for Any Budget!

Because I love planning (and sharing! I swear in another life I was a travel agent or an event planner!) I decided to compile a fun list of dates to get you inspired to have a good time with your sweetheart! I gave a variety; it doesn’t have to be super extravagant. You could write them down and put them in jar, pull one out randomly to decide the week of, or you could pre plan them. I’ve also picked three ideas and had my hubby pick the one he wanted to do; that way he’s kinda sorta included in the planning process. πŸ™‚

Pricey dates:
-Get dolled up and go enjoy a fancy dinner together. Order different items and share… Or you can be like Lady and the Tramp and share a plate of spaghetti and meatballs! πŸ™‚
-Attend a professional sports game if you’re lucky enough to live near a venue. If not, try a local college. There’s a baseball team about an hour away from us that’s fun to go watch.
-Find a place with Comedy night and laugh your heart out!
-Buy tickets to the theatre. Whether it’s Broadway in Chicago (one of our favorite things to do!!) or a local venue, a show or musical can be very entertaining!
-Book a couples massage!! One of our favorite ways to relax is getting a massage together then grabbing a nap afterwards! πŸ™‚ At home of course!!
-Attend a festival. There’s always new foods to try and interesting music playing!
-Book a night away in a B&B or hotel. Enjoy some time just the two of you!
Frugal dates:
-Pack a picnic and go to a park. Take a frisbee or baseball and mitt, find some swings and play on them like kids, or take a stroll along a lake and feed ducks.
-Find a spot in the country and go stargazing. Take a blanket and a couple pillows to lay on and try and find as many constellations as you can. Better yet if you have a truck, use the truck bed! Nothing like snuggling up while looking at the beautiful sky.
-Visit your college campus if it’s near. Buy a treat from one of your favorite places and take a stroll on the quad. My hubby and I like to get ice cream and take a walk to see what’s changed at his old campus. It’s only 30 minutes away from us.
-Find an arcade, take x amount of money and have a field day to see who can get the most tickets.
-Go wine or beer tasting. Usually these are around $5 a person. Pretend to be experts! Talk about your favorites / or ones you can’t stomach and why. Or better yet, guess to see which one your significant other will like or dislike.
-Go on the Goodwill date. Give each other $10 to spend; take about 20 minutes or less to pick out an outfit for your significant other. Whatever he/she buys for you, you have to wear it out and about. Have a good laugh!!
-Get active! Go for a run, rock climb, take a class at the gym together.
At home dates:
-Complete a puzzle together. On cold nights, I love to make hot chocolate or tea and just enjoy the peacefulness of each others company… and finishing a project like that together just feels so great!
-Tackle an actual project together. Need to reorganize the living room, build a shelf … do it together. Nothing better than simple problem solving and working together as a team!
-Make a fancy dinner for two. My hubby doesn’t like to cook, but man does he enjoy my food! πŸ™‚ Set the table, light some candles, and turn on some soft music. It’ll make you feel like you’re in a fancy restaurant.
-Cozy up next to a fire outside and roast some s’mores. One of my all time favorite things to do in the fall is to sit outside next to a warm fire and enjoy the outdoors with my hubby.
-Game night at home. It could be board games or video games. Make it fun… whoever loses does the dishes for the week!
-Be a kid again.. Make lots of desserts, buy a big book of Mad Libs, fill some out together, and have some giggles.
-Around the World Dinner date. Have each part of your meal from a different country!

Do you have any fun date night ideas not listed? I’d love to hear them!

Much love,

Chef Charley


  • Maria

    These are great! I especially like the Goodwill date one. What a great and fun idea. Right now we are all about the cooking a fancy dinner after the babies go to bed. But we’re gonna have to mix it up and try more things on this list! Totally agree that date nights are a must! Thanks for sharing!

    • Charley

      Oh that’s so fun! My hubby isn’t into cooking, unfortunately, BUT I like to make nice dinners for us after the kiddos go to bed! You can definitely just enjoy each other (and your food without having to share or be interrupted! LOL)

  • Jenn Pohlman

    Life can get so hectic and we get caught up just treading the waters day to day. Love these wonderful ideas to take some time and make it a priority to show the one you love the attention and care that is deserved.

  • Danielle

    I think it is so important to take time for you and your spouse and these are some great ideas. It’s too easy to get caught up in the day to day life and forget about each other.

  • Kayla

    I absolutely love that you included at home dates and frugal dates. Everyone just assumes that dates have to be expensive, and that’s just not the case. We love doing at home dates when we just can’t find a sitter.

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