Budget Date Ideas

As much as Johnny and I enjoy going out for nice meals together and heading out to the cinema, that can sometimes get a little pricy and if you’re like us and you’re on a budget too, you also probably feel that. We’ve gotten very good at finding things to do that are really purse-friendly literally making both of us ‘cheap dates’. 

Go For A Walk

Yeah, I know. This sounds pretty lame. But on a crisp, autumn Sunday morning, it can be lovely to go for a stroll together. It’s a great way to catch up with one another, take in some fresh air and enjoy each other’s company. Johnny and I are very lucky to live so close to the Thames Path (we have an access point to it through the carpark of our building!) so we can very easily just go for a walk up there all the way up to the Thames Barrier. We also live very close to a park, which is also perfect for walks. We’re hoping to get a furry edition to our little family next month so we will have no excuse but to go for lots of walking dates!
Watch A Film Together

Put your phones to one side, pick a movie, get the popcorn and a blanket and spend the afternoon watching a film. We just recently added the movies onto our NowTV package so this is something Johnny and I have been doing quite recently. We watched ‘Meet The Parents’ the other night and we had some Krispy Kreme doughnuts and it was so nice –  although trying to ignore our phones for two hours did prove pretty difficult. The snacks definitely help though! And, if you’re feeling like throwing a little bit of cash around then order a Dominos – or any other takeaway of your choice.
Have a Mario Kart Tournament

Johnny and I recently invested in a Nintendo Switch and we love to race each other on Mario Kart. Pick a video game of your choice and get competitive – but not too competitive, don’t be throwing controllers at the TV screen and stuff like that! Whether it’s Mario Kart, Just Dance, Call of Duty or The Sims that gets you excited, play with your S.O and just have a good ol’ time! Get some boozy beverages and then, if you’re anything like me, your swearing when you fall off of Rainbow Road will get very, very creative. I have been known to call Johnny a ‘f*cktrumpet’ before! 
Dates don’t have to be fancy dinners, fine wine and expensive outings! As long as you’re having a great time with the person, cost shouldn’t matter. Johnny and I love doing these things together, so I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for future dates with your S.O!

And, if you don’t have an SO, then you could always try online dating! Finding people in your area can be difficult, so try out some area specific dating sites like; this Kent dating site, this Norfolk dating site, this Hampshire dating site, this over 50’s dating site and this Oxford Dating site. Using these sites is a surefire way to make sure that special someone isn’t miles away! 

*This post was kindly sponsored by the aforementioned dating sites!*


  1. September 21, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    MARIO KART TOURNAMENTS ARE THE BEST DATE NIGHT IDEA EVER! I’m very passionate about kicking my boyfriends butt at Rainbow Road 🌈🙈
    Emma | emmadrury.com

  2. September 21, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I love coming up with ideas for things to do that don't cost the Earth. Sometimes we go for a walk along the beach, play a board game or a new thing we've done lately is type into Pinterest 'couples questions' and ask them to each other. It's like a little game haha but really fun and they're usually things you would ask normally 🙂 xx

  3. September 21, 2017 / 8:08 pm

    I love a movie night in – perfect cheap date night xx

  4. September 21, 2017 / 8:42 pm

    I mean I don't have a boyfriend, but if I did I would totally do all of these things! Mario Kart being my fave. X

    Kate// itskaterose.com

  5. September 22, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I love a nice romantic walk, going out walking is one of my fave things to do so it's lovely to do it with someone! xx

    Gemma Louise

  6. September 22, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Haha I don't have a bf either but I can do these with my besties haha

  7. September 23, 2017 / 7:47 am

    You and J are planning on getting a dog???? Ahh no way!! So excited for you both! Movie days are one of Tim and I's favourite budget date days, I think we'll have one today actually!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  8. September 23, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Those are some fab ideas! I wish we had a beach near us xx

  9. September 23, 2017 / 8:23 am

    Popcorn and pizza and a good movie, you can’t go wrong!

  10. September 23, 2017 / 8:24 am

    We love watching Grand Designs together but I missed that one out as I thought it may sound a bit lame 😂

  11. September 23, 2017 / 8:25 am

    Yes we are!!!! ❤️❤️ Hope you & Tim enjoy the downtime xx

  12. September 23, 2017 / 3:08 pm

    I love home dates and date nights in, I haven't been well recently and my boyfriend has been knackered out from his job so most of our dates have been in the house! Baking or cooking together dancing round to the radio has definitely been a favourite and like you said, going for a nice stroll together is quite therapeutic and a great way to spend some quality time together 🙂
    I HOPE YOU GET A DOG. I can't wait to see it!!
    Alice Xx

  13. September 23, 2017 / 7:46 pm

    I do love a budget friendly date. All here sound like lovely ideas and if I ever find a bf I would swoon over these.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale |

  14. September 24, 2017 / 12:48 pm

    I love going for walks and playing mario kart together – they're both such a close, fun thing !


  15. September 24, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    MARIO KART! This is such a good and unique idea. Also love the walking idea as they are budget friendly and you get to know and talk to each other more x

  16. September 25, 2017 / 8:20 am

    These are great date ideas! Me and Dom are always stuck for things to do x

  17. September 27, 2017 / 10:17 am

    These posts are so important! I'm a uni student so it's hard to go on dates to fancy restaurants. I love that you added mario kart to this list! x

  18. September 27, 2017 / 6:39 pm

    These are such good ideas! Date days/nights are a thing of the past with a little baby taking up all our time, but we are definitely going to make more of an effort to do things, just us two soon! It's so important to take time out, just the two of you. X

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