Bonding with your hubby or significant other can be hard in today’s economy when we are trying to be frugal with our money. Looking for a way to spice up your love life without breaking the bank? Check out my ideas below!
1.) Go to a budget cinema
Here in Green Bay, our local budget cinema tickets are only $3!
2.) Go for a hike
Trevor and I love anything that has to do with the outdoors. Going for a hike is not only good exercise, but a good way to spend some quality time together.
3.) Have a Wine-Night In
Nothing is more relaxing than sharing a bottle of wine while bonding over conversation. In fact, just last Saturday night my fiancé and I stayed up til 1am with a bottle of wine chatting about school, work, and life in general. It was so nice to relax together and catch-up. In our busy, rushed lives, sometimes we just need to slow our worlds down and making sure we are creating time for another.
4.) Make dinner together
In theory, this should be a great way to bond with your significant other. What actually happens: (in my experience!) I get stressed out when the fiancé crowds my kitchen and I end up taking over. Hey…It’s the thought that counts, right?
5.) Have a picnic
Cheesy, but every girl’s dream.
6.) Have a Netflix Marathon
Start a new show together! Trevor and I got hooked on Lost two summers ago and we literally had no lives. It was SUPER hard not to Netflix cheat on each other.
7.) Write each other a letter
Here’s mine to my fiancé.
8.) Go through old pictures together
The good, the bad, and the ugly.
9.) Go ice skating
Ice skating is fun no matter WHAT age you are.
10.) Tour de Bars
Bar hop in style….via your Schwinn.
11.) Grab a cup of coffee together
We love getting coffee at our local shop in town. Bonus points if you support small businesses!
12.) Light sparklers at night
‘Cause life was better when we were kids anyways, right?
13.) Go to a cheap hockey game
Even if your seats are way up, it’s still a blast!
14.) If you have a fireplace, sleep on the floor in front of the fire
It’s like a scene out of the Notebook!
15.) Watch the sunset
We achieved watching an East Coast sunrise and a West Coast sunset.
16.) Have a bonfire
Put the phone away, roast some mallows, and soak up the peacefulness.
17.) Go fishing together
You and me goin’ fishin’ in the dark…
18.) Lay in bed and eat pie
You can accomplish this, right?
19.) Volunteer in your community
Doing good is a lot more fun when your love is by your side.
20.) Go for a drive
Bring some snacks, some tunes, and enjoy the ride! (If you’re interested in road trips, be sure to check out these helpful hints for a stress-free (cheap!) road trip!)
21.) Go to a high school sporting event
It’s a nice way to get out of the house without paying more than $5.
22.) Have a game night
And no, Trivia Crack doesn’t count.
23.) Go to a museum
Trevor and I have been to loads of museums together, including our fave, the Smithsonian
24.) Have an ice cream sundae night
Invest in all kinds of difference sauces and toppings and go nuts.
25.) Go bowling
Bowling usually is pretty inexpensive!
26.) Go to the zoo
Channel your inner-child and plan a date to the zoo! It never gets old.
27.) Go Geocaching
I’ve actually never done this, but I hear it’s pretty awesome!
28.) Lay a blanket and watch the stars come out
Bonus points: Do it when it’s chilly outside so you have an excuse to cuddle up!
29.) Go sledding
Sledding is so much cheaper than skiing- plus you get exercise walking up those hills!
30.) Walk to a pier and drink coffee
Simple moments are often the best.
31.) Window shop
You can look, but you can’t touch!
32.) Go golfing
Make it a friendly competition. Loser buys dinner!
33.) Start a woodwork project together
The memories you make in the process may be more valuable than the actual furniture itself!
34.) Go to a local comedy club
This is on my bucket list. I’ve still actually have never been to a comedy club!
35.) Visit your local animal shelter
Just don’t be tempted to leave with a cute little furball unless that was your original plan!
36.) If you live in a metropolitan area, take a walk downtown
I love people-watching. If you’re not in a metro area, drive to the nearest one!
37.) Pull your money together and spend a night in a cheap hotel with a Jacuzzi
This is one of my favorite things to do. I love staycations! I feel like I’m far away from home even if I’m not.
38.) Give each other a massage
Use lotions, oils, etc. Make it fun!
39.) Make a bucket list together
Talk about how you wish to accomplish the items on your list.
40.) Spend a day at the beach
Pop a couple of brew-skis and it’s a perfect day!
41.) Go rock-climbing indoors
There’s a lot of places that offer cheap rock-climbing for my day. My university used to open their rock wall to the public. Check out your local community center and see what they offer!
42.) Grill out
Hamburgers and brats. ‘Murica.
43.) Take a community photography class together
Inspire each other and get creative!
44.) Put the phone on self-timer and do a photo shoot
Some day you’re going to look back at those photos and be glad you did it!
45.) Go kayaking
Kayaking is a sport that has really taken off recently! We kayaked so much this past summer and had a blast.
46.) Go to your local community theater
47.) Have a bake-off
You have one hour. Take turns making a secret recipe and see whose turns out better!
48.) Job shadow your partner, if allowed
My fiancé is an EMT, and the ambulance service here in town lets people ride-along if they are interested in learning more about the service. I’ve been meaning to shadow him for years now. I believe it would give me a greater appreciation of him and the work he does.
49.) Be a tourist in your own city.
Tour your city’s NFL stadium. Tour a brewery. Shop a bookstore. Sometimes we are blindly unaware of how awesome our own city or town is.
50.) Sweat it out
Studies have shown that working out together creates intimacy. Hit up the weight room, go for a swim, or run it out!
What’s the coolest (cheap!) date you’ve ever been on? Leave me a comment below!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.