Fun and Frugal Date Night Ideas


When you are trying to stick to a budget, cutting out date night might be a good idea to help save money. However, it is important to keep the romance and spark alive. It is easier than you think to have an inexpensive, budget-friendly date night that is lots of fun. Here is a list of some fun and frugal date night ideas for you to try during the fall season.


Having a campfire in your backyard is a simple way to cuddle up and enjoy the crisp fall weather with your significant other. A campfire is quick, easy, and cheap and you don’t even have to leave the backyard. Adding food and drinks will make the night even more enjoyable. S’mores are a fun treat and it only costs a few dollars to purchase graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate. You can also buy or make pumpkin spice lattes and sip your warm drinks by the fire. Looking to spike your drink? Add some spiced rum or a hard apple cider to enjoy fall flavors with a kick.

Hiking and Biking

Working out together can bring you closer as a couple. The fall weather is perfect for exercising outside because it is neither too cold nor too hot. You can search for hiking and biking trails in your neighborhood or the surrounding area, it is the perfect weekend daytime date. If you are short on time or do not have any trails in your neighborhood, walking around the block while holding hands can help you connect.

Scavenger Hunt

Scavenger hunts are so much fun and can make you feel like a child again. You can enlist your family or other couples to play as teams or you can play one-on-one. The best part about a scavenger hunt is that you can make it romantic by choosing places where you first kissed or had your first date. You should make a list of about ten items and start hunting.

Football Game

Football season officially kicks off in the fall. If you’re a sports-loving couple, including a football game for date night is a great idea. If you live near your favorite NFL team, there are a few ways to get discount tickets. It is also possible to win tickets from a radio station or another type of contest. If you can’t find affordable tickets or if you don’t live near a stadium, try catching a local high school or college game.

Halloween Fairs

One of the best things about fall is all of the Halloween themed fairs. You can usually find a hay ride, a corn maze, a haunted house and other fun activities at an affordable price. This is a great idea for the whole family, but it always makes a great date. A corn maze can help you work together to find the exit, you can also cuddle up close if you get scared on a haunted hay ride or a haunted house.

Apple and Pumpkin Picking

If you are looking for a great daytime date, consider going apple picking or pumpkin picking. You will get the chance to go outside with your sweetheart and enjoy the outdoors while you search for that perfect pumpkin or apple. This is also a great opportunity for a fall photo session, the apple trees or the pumpkin patches are the perfect backdrops for photos. Also, you can usually save money buying your pumpkin right from the patch as opposed to a store. A lot of times, you will pay by the pound so you can always get a small pumpkin to save more money.

Pumpkin Carving and Pumpkin Pie

You can turn your pumpkin picking into an all-day adventure or two dates by carving the pumpkin or making a pie. Carving pumpkins is a really fun activity to do together and a great way to express your creativity. You can easily print out a pumpkin carving template online and purchase a carving kit for only a few dollars. When you see your pumpkin displayed on the front porch or in the window, you will be reminded of the great time the both of you shared. If you would rather eat than carve, you can always bake a yummy apple or pumpkin pie.

Scary Movie Marathon

Did you know that you can plan a date night without even leaving the house? During Halloween, there are so many scary movie options to choose from. Watching scary movies is a great chance to snuggle up close together and relax. You even can combine this date with some of the other ideas on the list. You can pop up some kettle corn, drink pumpkin spice lattes or hard cider while you watch the movie or you can watch a scary movie while your pie bakes in the oven.


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