Fun Dates on a Budget

Whether you're saving up for the coming holiday season, a broke college student finding romance or simply in need of a fun idea this list has something for you and your SO or group of friends!

1. Actually Netflix and chill

Yeah, we know what the kids are really up to when it comes to the "Netflix and chill" date, but it's actually a great date idea. Set up a que with a theme: binge a few episodes of a new TV show you both wanted to watch, horror movies, enjoy a couple of episodes of each other's favorite TV shows, RomComs, "bad" movies, etc. Cuddle up with a blanket and an array of snacks and enjoy! You get to spend time close to each other, learn a lot about one anode there AND watch some entertaining stuff.

2. Bowling

3. Dine In
Find a great copy cat recipe online from your favorite restaurant and whip it up together in the kitchen. Enjoy your meal with a bottle of wine by candlelight.

4. Strip Poker

5. Target range
Challenge each other to a blast off! Go to the local shooting range and fire off some rounds.

6. Go on a hike.

7. Backyard camping
Set up a fire, some sleeping bags and tell scary stories to each other while gazing up at the stars.

8. Go fishing or hunting.

9. "Free" Day
Make a list of local events or places that have "free day" specials. A student ID helps too!

10. Whiskey or wine tasting

11. Quirky destination
Pick a funky or interesting destination whether it's the next town over or a classic tourist trap, jump in the car and make a day trip out of it. Don't forget to bring a camera!

12. Matinee movie

13. Pumpkin picking and carving
Though this one is a fall exclusive, it's still a lot of fun. Head to your local orchard, supermarket or even Walmart and pick out some pumpkins and carving tools. Create some fun and spooky pumpkins while you listen to some nice music and share a couple of beers.

14. Go for a hike.

15. Go on a picnic.
Pack a nice lunch and enjoy the outdoors. Check out this article for the perfect picnic ideas.

16. Build a blanket fort.

17. Bartending
Go out and take a bar tending class or stay at home and mix some fun new drinks for each other and a few friends.

18. Karaoke

19. City wandering
Wander around your local city or head out to somewhere big and exciting. Walk around for the day taking photos, shopping, dining and people watching.

20. Horseback riding

21. At home spa night
Give each other nice full body massages after a steamy bubble bath. Then relax with a bottle of wine listening to soft music and enjoying some burning incense and candles.

22. Flea market exploring

23. Build something together
Find a cute, easy, practical and fun project. Build it!

24. Rollerblading

25. Go to a concert


Redneck Romance: Date Night Ideas with a Southern Touch


  1. Shake n Bake

            You and your darlin’ get in the kitchen and whip up something that reminds you of your favorite time of year, makes you smile, is totally brand new to the both of ya or just comes out of a Betty Crocker box. Now, jam to some tunes as you both make somethin’ sweet and awesome. Can’t think of a recipe or playlist? We got you covered!


  1. Impromptu Campout

            Set up a quick campsite in your backyard, basement or living room. Build your tent! Have you ever had a bad time building a fort with someone? No, no you haven’t. Grab some sheets, chairs, pillows, or if you really want to, just the tent and get camp ready. Then, gather your camping supplies: sleeping bags, pillows, marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate, beer, music and good conversation. Sit by the fire and enjoy each other’s company.

            If you end up inside, please, don’t set a fire. Gather around a lantern instead!


  1. Trucks and Treats

            If you have a pick up truck available, this is a fun idea. Take your date to your favorite spot outdoors (field, farm, lake, etc). Park and have a romantic redneck dinner! In the bed of your truck, pack a folding table, chairs, lanterns and a picnic. Throw some candles in there too if you’re feelin’ really fancy. Set up in the bed of the truck and dine under the stars and the glow of your smiles.


  1. Alcohol Art

            It’s exactly what it sounds like. After a nice dinner, start consuming some creative juices and do crafts with each other. You may discover some hidden talent! Painting is the best craft for this date.



  1. Scavenger Hunt

            Prepare a scavenger hunt for each other by placing objects or messages all over your own maps. These maps can range from someone’s house to their whole property to the entire town! Don’t be afraid to get creative and get each other dirty. Each object should mean something. Come up with clever clues. The end of the scavenger hunt should get you both to a mutual location to beat up with each other. This is when you both can pick a winner, and chat about the adventure over drinks and tunes.