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31 Date Ideas for $5 or Less


Some people naturally assume that if you’re living on a tight budget, you can’t have any fun. This is totally ludicrous! Having fun isn’t about how much you spend, it’s about your experiences together and making memories! There are so many date ideas for $5 or less. By just thinking for a few minutes, I was able to come up with 31, one date option for every day of the month.

#1. A walk through the local park – You drive past the park all the time, but when is the last time you took your shoes off and walked through the grass barefoot? Do it. You’ll like it.

#2. A walk downtown – If you have a nice downtown area, take a walk and enjoy it! Do some window shopping, but be sure to leave your money at home.

#3. Get some coffees at the coffee shop (not lattes or fraps obviously) – This is always a great idea, and it can be pretty cheap when you start ordering regular coffee.

#4. Get some sun on the beach – A beach outing is absolutely free and can be incredibly enjoyable.

#5. Buy a $5 pizza and take it to a local park or beach to eat – Yeah, so the total will actually come to $5.30, but that’s still a pretty cheap date!

#6. Share a footlong sub at Subway – Same story as the pizza, but this is a pretty healthy meal and can double as a date at the same time.

#7. Go for a bike ride – Take an adventure on your bike! It’s always fun to see where it can take you.

#8. Rent a $1 Redbox movie and watch it at home (you can even pop some popcorn) – Cheap cheap cheap!

#9. Make a campfire in your backyard (and listen to a local sporting event) – Gather up those sticks in your yard and light em up! Be sure to keep the fire contained though… your neighbors will appreciate that.

#10. Host a get together – perhaps a game night? – It doesn’t cost too much to have some people over and feed them a few snacks while you play games that you already own.

#11. Play cards – Make this a rainy day activity (euchre is my favorite – oh, and hand and foot)

#12. Put together a puzzle – You my think this is an old person activity, but my girlfriend and I really enjoy putting puzzles together!

#13. Go thrift store hunting – This is incredibly fun! Even if you don’t find anything that you need to buy, you will likely run into some pretty interesting stuff.

#14. Go hiking – This is great for exercise and it’s quite fun to explore the area. Try it. You’ll like it.

#15. Play tennis – Anyone can play tennis. You don’t have to be good. Just be sure to have fun. 🙂

#16. Play catch or frisbee – This is a great activity to get you a little bit active and to have a chat with your special someone.

#17. Go camping for a night – If you have the equipment, you can do some rustic camping for only $5 at quite a few state parks.

#18. Have some fun bowling – $5 won’t get you a ton, but on weekdays you can likely go for $2.50 a game, allowing you each to play one.

#19. Catch some fish! – If you already have your license then why not? It’s free! And, if you catch a big one you can fillet it and save money on groceries.

#20. Watch some clouds – You might roll your eyes at this, but this can be a great opportunity to slow down your life and enjoy your surroundings. Just try it, you might like it.

#21. Star gazing – If you live in a rural area, star gazing can be amazing. Take note of the beauty around you by looking up at the stars.

#22. Have dinner at Arby’s – I really like Arby’s. The food is good and you can each get a sandwich for less than $5.

#23. Grab some ice cream – Head out and enjoy some ice cream. You can easily buy two cones for less than five dollars.

#24. Exercise in your home – Sometimes an exercise DVD can be fun, plus you’ll both feel good about yourselves because of the exercise.

#25. Drive into a movie – Do you still have a drive-in movie in your area? If so, I bet you can get in there for $3 or so.

#26. Give each other massages – Afterwards you’ll feel relaxed and you will have spent no money!

#27. Cook together – Instead of getting stressed out about making dinner, why not do it together and make it a fun activity?

#28. Go to the Dollar Tree and buy two items each for your significant other – Don’t let your spouse see what you bought and exchange the items that you bought for one another later in the day. This is a fun thing to do and is obviously not very expensive.

#29. Read the same book and talk about it – This doesn’t have to be a relationship book, although that might not be a bad idea.

#30. Watch the sunset – This is definitely romantic if you can find the right spot!

#31. Take a country drive – Take a drive and enjoy the views and the scenery. And most importantly, enjoy your hunny! 🙂

Which activity is your favorite?



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. We’ve really been enjoying game nights as double dates lately. So free…and so fun!

    • Exactly! There is tons of fun that can be had for less than $5. You just have to get a little bit creative. 🙂

  2. Mrs Ikonz and I still make time for little date nights. When you have a baby on the way and you’re trying to generate $10m of assets, you need to be pretty inventive on date night.

    Brilliant list!! We also try to use discount vouchers to maximise what we can do on date night.

    • Haha, $10M in assets? That sounds like quite the ambitious goal! I’m sure you can get there though – you two are amazing. Enjoy your date nights!

  3. Before having kids, my husband and I worked out together — either at the gym together or running outside. It was great motivation to get exercise and there’s something pretty awesome about accomplishing a goal together (I lost 30 lbs!).

    • My girlfriend and I do that now. I hope it doesn’t end if we start having kids!

  4. I like this, in fact my 2nd year anniversary is next Wednesday (October 14, 2015), with my partner, for the past 2 anniversaries I’ve already lost my job around the time of our anniversary or haven’t had a lot of money, last year I got him $9 worth of lottery tickets and $1 worth of chocolates ($1 for 2 bars at the local dollar store). This year I made him a homemade card, threw $5 cash inside then I took a deck of playing cards and wrote 50 things I love about him, memories about us, facts about us and things we’ve learned about each other, On the last 2 cards, 1 was the front card I put “Happy 2nd Anniversary Babe” which I put on a 2 of heart, on the last card I put “Here’s to another great year of love, love your boyfriend Reio”, in total that cost me $0 since I had all the supplies so counting the $5 bill, that’s all I really “spent” and it’s a creative gift for $5 or less!!!

    • That’s awesome! Thanks so much for the additional ideas. Love it!

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