51 Cheap Date Ideas for Parents

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As you can imagine, as parents, getting out without the kids is not always easy. Sure, it helps to have teens as home. We can easily bargain with them to babysit the younger three. We trade off really… that way they have a decent social life and we get some time alone. Although, even then, our date nights are often limited by our budget. We have to get creative and think outside the box. But we consider the time together important to our relationship… so we make the time and work things so that the budget works. Our marriage thrives because of it and it is essential to keeping the spark alive even as parents.

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Cheap Date Ideas

Even if you have to settle for cheap date ideas, that does not mean they can not be fun and full of craziness. In fact, I think they make everything better. More spontaneity and spunk only improve the relationship, right? So, think outside the box. Explore new ideas. New possibilities. You may discover some great activities you never thought you would enjoy.

  1. Attend a local high school or theater group performance
  2. Go geocaching
  3. Spend a night stargazing under the stars
  4. Walk through a Nature Preserve
  5. Scavenger hunt through a local mall or town square
  6. Cheer at a local sporting event
  7. Find a perfect location for watching the sunset
  8. Camp out in your backyard
  9. Share a conversation over a cup of coffee
  10. Attend a local karaoke night
  11. Dollar Date: Each person gets $1 to spend at a store on the other person
  12. Go visit model homes in a new community
  13. Set up a projector and watch a movie under the stars in your backyard
  14. Take a test drive in a new car you dream of owning one day
  15. Go roller-skating… and hold hands during couple skate
  16. Take a drive around town
  17. Visit a local park and enjoying playing together
  18. Take in a dollar movie and split a popcorn
  19. Spend some time at a local beach or pool
  20. Find free events in your area such as concerts, market days, street fairs
  21. Bury a time capsule together
  22. Take a dance class at a community center
  23. Find a nearby film festival to attend
  24. Volunteer together
  25. Sit in the food court of the mall and people watch
  26. Build a blanket fort in your room and enjoy the space afterwards
  27. Take a bubble bath together after the kids are in bed
  28. Have a progressive meal: each course at a different restaurant
  29. Go dancing
  30. Take a drive down memory lane
  31. Lay in the grass and find cloud animals
  32. Take out the crayons and coloring back and color a picture for each other
  33. Have a pillow fight
  34. Lip sync a movie: watch a movie with no sound while you become the character’s voices
  35. Take random pictures of you both at different spots throughout the city
  36. Walk through the botanical gardens holding hands
  37. Jump on Priceline and find a budget-friendly room
  38. Dig out gift cards and use them
  39. Look up local deals on a phone app
  40. Lock your bedroom door and play truth or dare
  41. Have a board game tournament
  42. Catch up on a tv series together
  43. Play Frisbee golf together
  44. Get your kids involved: Have them serve you dinner restaurant-style
  45. Recreate your first date
  46. Have an in-home spa night and pamper each other
  47. Take a historic tour of your city
  48. Play a game of hide-and-seek
  49. Check Restaurant.com for a new local dining experience
  50. Attend an amateur comedy show
  51. Personal drive-in: grab a tablet or laptop, popcorn and drinks, and set in your car in the driveway watching a movie

And now… more to add to my list of reasons I still love my husband:

26. He thinks of me… often. I know by the surprise treats he brings me when he is out.
27. He finds happiness in the little things. And this makes things easier for me.
28. He makes the best cup of coffee… which is important to my shear existence every night.
29. When necessary, he is open to constructive criticism. This is helpful since I tend to give it more than I should.
30. The kids adore him… and that alone makes him the sexiest man. Nothing better than watching him be an amazing daddy to our children.

What are your cheap date ideas for parents? What is your biggest dating your spouse challenge?

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  1. You really should turn this into a Pinterest board! 51 Cheap Dates on Pinterest – I can just imagine the popularity! And since you already have up your Why I Love My Husband list…I’m linking you up first.
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  2. I was going to link you up but you beat me to it!
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  3. lol… I could not miss it! I love linking up each week. It inspires me (even more) to continue being grateful for my marriage each and every week.

  4. You’ve got some great ideas here. I like the one about test driving a car you’d love to have.

    If we recreated our first date we’d have to go to The Waffle House. The place we had our first date is no longer a Waffle House, it’s some other kind of restaurant and it’s way up in VA. We can still go there I guess 🙂

    Thanks for all the great ideas.
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  5. LOVE this list. I could use a date of any kind at this point lol!
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  6. Awesome ideas and I can tell you put a lot of thought into it. John and I are always looking for fun date ideas!
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  7. Great ideas. Love the geocaching one. I don’t remember the last time we went out as a couple.
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  8. Thank you, Staci, for all of these ideas! I’m bookmarking this so Hubby and I can get to working on your list. 😉
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  9. […] If you’re a parent, then these options might appeal to you. I have to admit that I had no idea what “geocaching” was. Now I want to do this! Lots of […]

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