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Date nights can be hard to plan when you're on a tight budget. So many of us fall into the trap that date nights have to be out doing stuff, like dinner and a movie that can easily end up costing over $100! Not very budget-friendly. I have to say fall is one of the best times to plan some frugal date nights! These are my top favorite frugal fall date night ideas!
5 Frugal Fall Date Night Ideas
Date night is one way that you can help your relationship to be what it used to be. Once or twice a month, you and your spouse, partner, or whoever, need time away! Even if you don’t have the money, you still need to put date night into play so that you get time as a couple, away from the prying eyes of children.
There are a ton of different ideas that you can do to have a date that doesn’t cost a lot of money too! The point is to get away from the house, get a change of scenery, and spend some time together.
Always check your city events calendar and local Facebook events you never know what could be going on that is cheap or even free to go check out! Once you do that make consider some of these ideas.
Adventure Challenge Books
Looking for a way to add some excitement to your life? Then check out the Adventure Challenge books! These fun and spontaneous ideas will help you and your significant other spice up things in the bedroom, have crazy adventures with your family and friends, and make the most of your first dates. With something for everyone, these books are sure to get you excited about living life to the fullest!
Take a hike!
No really. Take a hike! Most cities are fairly close to a state or national park. Get your hiking boots on and go for a hike with your loved one! The cooler fall temps make this a perfect chance to really reconnect with them while taking in the beauty of changing leaves and a fading summer. All for fairly cheap!
Most state parks are free to hike at, but some National Parks will cost a small admission fee. You can check the cost of those at the US National Park Service Website. Don’t forget that the Park Service also offers fee-free days to a lot of different National Parks throughout the year. Those can be found on their Fee Free Days page on the website.
You don't even have to do long hikes put on tennis shoes grab a bottle of water and go walk around a city park, hike around a lake, or along a river for some great views and picture opportunities!
With cooler temps, fall is the perfect time of year to go fishing! Be sure to double-check what licenses you may need from the state before you go and then either rent a small boat or canoe or fish from the dock, grab your fishing poles and tackle box and have fun!
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Even better is that if you live in an area with clean lakes and streams, your catch of the day can double as dinner! What better way to really stretch your cash than to eat what you catch?
Spend the weekend camping together
We love to camp, but the heat of summer can really keep us from getting outdoors. Fall (and spring) however, is perfect for pitching our tent and becoming one with Mother Nature.
This can be done to cheat at a campground and for free even if you go hiking a bit to a more secluded spot. You can even camp in your own backyard for a night or two!
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Make sure to take some stuff for smores it's just not camping without smores!
Camping can be especially romantic for a couple. Think about it…you, your partner, a low campfire, and the stars. What more could you ask for?
Decorate for the holidays together
With Halloween and Thanksgiving both popping up in the fall, why not spend time with your loved one decorating! Grab the spider webs, goblins, and witches, and spend the afternoon making your house spooky!
You can do a pumpkin painting or carving night and see who can make the better pumpkin (then like the kids decide or the family pick a winner)
You can also do some new DIY decor like Making this Pumpkin Canvas Painting.
Take time to give back
As the temperatures turn cooler, take time together to give back to those less fortunate than you. If you can afford to, put together a few gift bags with snacks and other items and distribute them to the homeless in your town. Blankets and fall jackets are also great ideas for giving away also.
Women’s shelters are almost always in need of beauty items (deodorant, razors, etc), baby items, clothing, and the like. Not only will you be helping those in need, but you’ll also be building a bond with your significant other while you do it.
You can also volunteer your time at a local homeless shelter or a soup kitchen. Volunteering together really is a great bonding experience you tend to walk away with a new look on your life.
Dates don’t have to be expensive, drawn-out affairs. The whole point is to just spend time together and no one said that to do that you have to spend big bucks. These frugal fall date ideas are a great place to start so what are you waiting for? Go plan your date night!