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7 Ideas for a Romantic Date Night for Under $30

Romance can come with a pretty hefty price tag if you're not careful. This is especially true for those who've recently entered into a new relationship and want to impress that special someone. But are the fancy 5-star restaurants and expensive hotel stays really worth it?

More Romance for Less

If you're not careful, the cost of dating could be affecting your financial future and maybe even jeopardizing your relationship's future. But you don't have to spend a ton of money to show your date a good time. To find romance on a budget, here are 7 ideas that will make dating both enjoyable and yes, affordable.

Mini Golf

Who doesn't love a fun round of mini-golf? Put your putting skills to the test and revisit your childhood together with a little afternoon putt-putt. Mini-golf is a fun and enjoyable way to spend time with your special someone, and it's cheap enough that you can swing it without getting extra cash from payday loans.


Speaking of skills, bowling is another competitive date night activity that's affordable and fun. To add a little more excitement and dazzle to the date, check out a weekend rock and bowl, complete with neon pins, laser lights and thumping tunes beneath the shimmer of the disco ball. It's like going to the night club except you don't hit the floor, the pins do.

A Local Museum or Library

When was your last visit to a local museum or library? For a cheap date with a cultural edge, admission to a museum is usually very affordable and library visits are always free. Learn something new together and explore the world through some ancient artifacts at the museum or from a good book at the library.

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Karaoke Night

Probably at least one or more of your local bars or restaurants hosts a weekly karaoke night. Find out where the singalongs are happening and take your date out for a drink, a bite to eat and some poorly sung Journey.

Picnic at the Park

How about a nice picnic? If the weather's right, make some sandwiches, pack a cooler, grab a blanket and head out to a nice spot where you two can be alone in the great outdoors. It's a lot cheaper than getting a table at a downtown restaurant and the view is so much better.

Flea Market

Remember the flea market? It's the perfect activity for a Saturday afternoon or a Sunday morning after a late breakfast. You could take your date out to a local art fair, thrift store or the flea market and look for those quirky, cheap treasures you won't find anywhere else.

Dinner at Home

Dinner is always a nice date idea, but you don't have to take your date out to a fancy restaurant to impress them. Try making something at home. There are a ton of recipes on sites like or that you could take a crack at.

To make things more fun, pop open a refreshment, crank some tunes and make dinner together. Then after dinner, you two could curl up on the couch and watch a movie neither of you has seen before on Netflix or Hulu. You can't go wrong with dinner and a movie, even if you are staying in.

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Keep You Date Nights on a Budget

All of these dating activities will run you $30 or less, so you can keep your love life alive without ruining your budget in the process. So if you don't want your date-night outings to turn into a major financial headache in the future, stick with any of these affordable dating ideas for some inexpensive fun that you both will be sure to enjoy!

Related: Looking for ways to make this Valentine's Day special for less? Here are 5 thoughtful and thrifty Valentine's Day plans for the budget-friendly!

Note: The content provided in this article is only for informational purposes, and you should contact your financial advisor about your specific financial situation.

Mason Roberts

Mason Roberts is a seasoned economics writer and blogger with a knack for breaking down and simply communicating the ever-changing world of finance. He is philosophically committed to the premise that financial knowledge equals financial freedom.