20 Date Ideas for UNDER $20!

Author: Jessica Dennison - Forever Bride

I am sure that we are all aware of the importance of continuing to date our fiancé or husband. Going on dates keeps your relationship exciting and fresh. When the routine of life sets in, having a date with your man can be the motivation that gets you through the day! But how do you go about fulfilling your desire to have a healthy dating life with your man without breaking the bank? Here are some inexpensive date ideas that will keep you and your wallet happy!

1. Hit up Happy Hour!

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Everyone loves being wined and dined! Utilize the deals and specials that many restaurants offer. Do a little google research and soon enough you will find a ton of amazing restaurants that offer great drink and appetizer deals! Take it a step further in your deal savings by signing up for a loyalty dining card. I love the Parasole Dining Club Card. This card allows you to receive rewards each time you dine at any one of Parasole Dining Club's ten restaurants in the Twin Cities, including Mozzaa Mia, Chino Latino and Muffuletta!

2. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

It can be easy to forget the beautiful landscape this state called Minnesota has to offer! Remind yourself of the beauty around us by visiting the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. This is one of my favorite dates to go on because it is more unique than the usual dinner and a movie date. There is a peace and calm that comes over you when you are surrounded by beautiful landscapes. This date is sure to make your relationship feel fresh and new!

3. Cozy Cafes

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Caffeine makes me feel good! It instantly "perks" me up and puts me in a good mood! So why not get wired with your man! Signing up for Caribou Coffee's perks program will help you stay informed on any deals that may be happening and give you discounts on drinks! Or, check out a coffee shop that you have never been to before. Finding a relaxed atmosphere that you and your man can hang out at will have you becoming addicted to more than just the coffee!

4. Explore Exploring

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Exploring new territory can make you feel like a kid at heart! Climb a tree, or go on a hike! It is easy to get caught up in doing the same thing day after day. Unleash your inner explorer with your guy!

5. Visit the Animal Humane Society

Taking a visit to the animal humane society is a fun outing to take together. Visiting adorable puppies and kitties who love attention always makes for a good mood! Maybe you have considered getting a pet. This is a great place to purchase a new member of the family! But be warned, if you do so, this date will likely cost you more than $20.

6. The Stone Arch Bridge

Take a stroll down to Minneapolis and check out this beautiful historical bridge. Learning a little bit of history is always an enriching experience!

7. Local Events

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Do some research or ask around to find out if there are any local events that are going on around town. You will be surprised when you find lots of fun dates you can create by doing some internet browsing!

8. Get Ideas

I love checking out Groupon to get inspired for my next date adventure I usually find inexpensive and creative dates that we both enjoy doing! Plus, who doesn't love getting a deal?

9. Paint

So what if you are not an artist, you can sure give it a shot! Purchase a few basic paint supplies and have a fun date night painting with your man. Chose something that the two of you would like to paint and get started on your masterpieces.

10. Play a game of basketball

A little competition never hurt anyone! Play a game of basketball with your man. Whoever wins gets a massage from the loser! That is incentive enough to help you bring your "A" game!

11. Have a Photo Shoot

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It seems like women are really into either being in pictures or taking them. So be the muse for your man or vis versa. Get all dolled up and chose a theme for your one on one photo shoot! You don't need to have a professional camera to feel like a model for a day!

12. Lake Calhoun

There are plenty of ideas for dates that you can make out of hanging out at Lake Calhoun. Get your rollerblades, bike, or just walk around the lake. I love looking at all of the unique houses around that area.

13. DIY Dinner and a Movie

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The classic date seems to be going to dinner and then seeing a movie. Try doing dinner and a movie on a budget! You can have a romantic evening cooking together and then suggling up to watch a rented movie or something you find on Netflix. Noting beats the comfort of your own home!

14. Discount Movie

Once in awhile you are just in the mood to go out and see a movie! Find a local discount movie theatre for cheap movie tickets! Be sure to pack your own inexpensive movie snacks to stay on your budget.

15. Mall of America

I think its pretty cool to live in a state that has one of the top tourist attractions in the country! You will find yourself being quite entertained taking a visit to the Mall of America while staying on your budget. If you are a shopaholic, I would advice against going here!

16. Play Games

Chose a board game to play together. This is a good alternative to watching television. Now the two of you can engage with each other while having fun playing a board game!

17. Pack a Picnic

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The more you eat out, the more you will realize how quickly your bank account balance can shrink! So plan ahead and pack a picnic yourself! Pick one of the many scenic parks around the Twin Cities to get some new scenery as well.

18. Late Night Date

Do some stargazing together. Bring a bottle of wine and a blanket and enjoy snuggling up under the stars with the man of your dreams! For some reason, the best conversations seem to happen while stargazing.

19. Be the Bartender

The more you eat out, the more you will realize how quickly your bank account balance can shrink! So plan ahead and pack a picnic yourself! Pick one of the many scenic parks around the Twin Cities to get some new scenery as well.

18. Late Night Date

Do some stargazing together. Bring a bottle of wine and a blanket and enjoy snuggling up under the stars with the man of your dreams! For some reason, the best conversations seem to happen while stargazing.

19. Be the Bartender

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Instead of going out to dinner, just go out for dessert at your favorite restaurant. Or find a new ice cream shop that you have never been to before. Better yet, make your own ice cream sundaes! Pick out all of your favorite toppings and craft the perfect creation.

So, there you have it! Twenty inexpensive date ideas that are sure to keep both of you looking forward to the next date night! Just remember that the most important thing is to make time for each other. You have forever with this man, having creative dates will be useful when you feel like you are running out of things to do! Have fun dating!

20. Grab Dessert

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Instead of going out to dinner, just go out for dessert at your favorite restaurant. Or find a new ice cream shop that you have never been to before. Better yet, make your own ice cream sundaes! Pick out all of your favorite toppings and craft the perfect creation.

So, there you have it! Twenty inexpensive date ideas that are sure to keep both of you looking forward to the next date night! Just remember that the most important thing is to make time for each other. You have forever with this man, having creative dates will be useful when you feel like you are running out of things to do! Have fun dating!

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