Date night ideas for shoestring budgets

Date night ideas for shoestring budgets

Limited funds needn't put a dampener on date night fun, with creativity and imagination, you can still have a great time together.

Home cinema
Rather than simply renting a movie, why not make a night of it by having a cinema-themed dinner before the lights go down. How about hot dogs or topped tortilla chips chased down by a home-made ice-cream sundae?

Super-smothered tortilla chips – empty a bag of tortilla chips onto an oven proof plate, add a good handful of grated cheese and place under the grill or in the oven until the cheese has melted. Add some slices of pickled jalapeno pepper and a good dollop each of salsa, guacamole and soured cream. Dive in and enjoy.

Picnic for two

Pack a blanket, some drinks and a few foodie treats and you’re good to go. Here are some simple ideas for adding romance to the sausage rolls.

• Pack your wedding album and share a stroll down memory lane as you picnic
• Take along some meaningful music; ‘his’ tune for example, or the first dance song from your wedding
• Find a park with a boating lake and nibble as you glide through the water
• Wait until midnight and picnic under the stars – best for back gardens, as having to climb over the park railings when you realise you’re locked in has a tendency to spoil the mood…

‘His name’ restaurant

For the purpose of now, let’s assume that your husband is called Dave.


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Buy a cheap chef’s hat (a paper one is fine) and put a sign on the front door saying ‘Dave’s bistro’. When Dave arrives home, put the hat on and greet him at the door. Show him to his table, offer him a drink and give him a hand-written menu.

When dinner is ready, take off the hat and ask if Dave has any compliments for the chef. If the compliments are good enough, serve dinner.

Cook together

Find a recipe you both like the look of and cook it together. Take it in turns to be the sous chef.

Good advice also costs nothing, so remember these useful date night don’ts:

• Don’t talk about anything negative - e.g. work problems, money worries or why he never takes the bins out…
• Don’t just wait for compliments – get the ball rolling by giving some yourself
• Don’t feel the need to fill every minute with something to do - remember, we are human beings not human doings; unstructured time is often the best, so plan to get together and simply ‘be’

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date night for us consists of a meal we have both agreed on, something that is cheap but tasty, a few treats for after, again budget friendly and a film. we curl up together and, if im honest we prefer it to going our some where every week. it costs less, we dont worry about the children as we are still with them and we spend quality time together. <3

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