52 Free Date Night Ideas To Do With Your Partner
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Free Date Night Ideas? Coming off of a year of COVID-19 lockdowns, many people are still working under a tight budget and FREE or cheap/inexpensive date ideas are a thing people really need.
One of the things that works to keep relationships alive is spending quality time with each other. In this day of the information age, it is becoming increasingly difficult to carve out the necessary time to nurture our relationships. What with long work hours, helping kids with their homework, possibly transporting them around to their extracurricular activities,getting dinner, cleaning up, and going through the bedtime routine, what time is left?
After a year of lockdown – most of the forced time spent together is far from quality time. Tempers have flared as the stresses of the situation got to everyone and it is time to start fixing all of that.
52 Free Date Night Ideas To Do With Your Partner
Unless you orchestrate the time for your relationship, other less important things will crowd in and take what precious little time you do have. Pick a night that will be a date night with your partner and make a game out of being as creative as you can be. Try to see how many things you can do without spending money.
Don’t spend money
That is the hard thing when you are financially challenged. You need to keep that money working for you – to pay off your past and pay down your future. Pay off your credit card debt, fix your credit rating, and tuck money away for either your rainy day fund or retirement.
I don’t care how you do it – using the Dave Ramsey envelope system or even the 30-day savings challenge. Make that budget and change your family’s financial future.
To get you started, I’ve come up with some suggestions to help you for the next year. What follows are 52 ideas for how to spend creative time together without spending money. Feel free to add or modify any of the items on the list to suit your particular relationship and circumstances.
52 Free Date Nights
I broke this up by season – starting with winter first as January tops off the year. There are 52 different ideas, one for each week of the year.
WINTER Free Date Night Ideas
1. Take a drive to look at the Christmas decorations.
2. Play cards—perhaps strip poker.
3. Watch a movie together…we all have a DVD stash – revisit a classic favorite. We use the movie from our first date!
4. Go outside and have a snowball fight.
5. Get some finger paints and create your own body art with each other as your canvass. The Dollar Tree has fingerpaint if you can’t raid the kid’s stash.
6. Go sledding. It is a hoot!
7. Go ice skating. If it has been a while, steal the kid’s sports padding. I use my teen’s volleyball gear, LOL.
8. Work out or exercise together…walk, run, or even with resistance bands.
9. Stage your own improvisation show. This is like stepping back in time – like 100 years ago! And Fun!
10. Sing to each other. HOW is up to you.
11. Review or create a photo album or scrapbook of your memories together.
12. Play a board game—perhaps chess, Scrabble or Twister.
13. Go to a book store, get coffee and read for hours. There are tons of coupons out there!
SPRING Free Date Night Ideas
14. Work on a remodeling project together. Does something need scraping and painting?
15. Plan and complete a yard work project together. Put in a garden or shrub.
16. Do the spring cleaning together—room by room. When done with each room, reward yourself by making love in the room you’ve cleaned.
17. Put on old clothes and mud wrestle after some drenching rain. This. Is. Fun.
18. Give each other a massage. Clothing optional.
19. Play catch—football, baseball, softball, or Frisbee.
20. Go to a car dealer and test drive the car of your dreams. It can surprise you how the grass might not really be as green on that other side…
21. Shoot basketball together. Play HORSE
22. Dance together. Fast, Slow, Silly, or look up classic dances on YouTube to try. Mashed Potato anyone?
23. Take a shower together and wash each other—everywhere.
24. Take a free adult education class together.
25. Go to a mall and have a contest to see which one of you can get the most free samples.
26. Go rollerblading or bike riding.
SUMMER Free Date Night Ideas
27. Build a campfire and roast marshmallows.
28. Go swimming or skinny dipping.
29. Give each other a manicure or pedicure, complete with a hand massage.
30. Go somewhere crowded to people-watch. Make up fun stories about their lives.
31. Go to a free outdoor event, perhaps a concert. Every community has at least one and they should be coming back!
32. Lie on a blanket outside and watch the clouds or stars.
33. Go on a picnic. If it is raining, have it in the living room.
34. Watch a fireworks display. Usually, they are around the week of Independence Day.
35. Be creative and engage in sexual role-plays. Be anyone you’d like to be for the night who is also exciting for your partner.
36. Sit by the water somewhere. It is relaxing and allows for great conversation.
37. Do a prolonged striptease for each other. Youtube has some great videos for ideas.
38. Have a water balloon fight. You can get a bag of balloons at the Dollar Tree for a buck.
39. Sit outside and read poetry to each other.
FALL Free Date Night Ideas
40. Go for a drive together to see the colors.
41. Go window shopping, but you have to hold hands as you are walking.
42. Incorporate food into your love-making —chocolate syrup, whipped cream, fondue, strawberries—anything you and your partner enjoy.
43. Call or write to someone you haven’t had contact with in a while. Reconnect.
44. Cook something together. Try a new recipe or a vintage favorite.
45. Spend an evening just talking with each other. Talk about the things you have done, plans you have for the future, important people in your lives, or current events.
46. Take a bubble bath together.
47. Go to a free movie or museum.
48. Take a drive and find the potential in old houses and their properties.
49. Create an imaginary story together—either orally or in written form.
50. Take turns being each other’s genie in a bottle by fulfilling your partner’s every wish and fantasy.
51. Play in the fallen leaves.
52. Create an exciting scavenger hunt that ends in your bed.
Now you have 52 suggestions for things to do with your partner for every week of the year divided by season. Certainly, you don’t have to follow my suggestions. Feel free to add your own or to repeat your favorites as often as you’d like.
The main point is not to see how kinky you can get. The idea is to keep your relationship alive by making time together a priority. It is important that you find things to do as a couple that you can both enjoy. If you have vastly different interests then you can enter this with the spirit of taking turns and each agree to happily participate in the activity chosen by the one whose turn it is that week.
Those are key words to focus on. This isn’t a chore, or task to complete, it is an investment in the relationship you have with your love.
As long as you make a habit of making your relationship a priority and allocating time each week for rejuvenation of the feelings that attracted you in the first place, then you stand a good chance of staying together for the long haul.
Please don’t let insidious boredom enter into your relationship through the back door. This is what frequently happens when we are busy placing other things ahead of our time for each other. You know what I mean—the job, the kids, our friend in crisis, etc. There will always be a competing interest for the time you’ve set aside for each other.
Other than natural disasters, threats of death, or major crises, do not allow your time together to be invaded by any outside forces. Make sure to create opportunities for you to do things together without outside influence. With more than 50% of today’s marriages ending in divorce, make this small investment in the longevity of your relationship. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
What’s stopping you? Start today.