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You’ve found your person and now you want to keep them but money is tight and life is busy. Well, Elliott is your Date Night Wingman and he’s here to help you out with some cheap and cheerful date night ideas. Because dating on a budget, that’s easier than it sounds. Now, I’ll let the man speak!
With everything else changing in your life sometimes there’s only loose change left for the areas that matter most – like date night. That’s where creativity kicks in letting you WOW your date with something fun to do while still connecting. This list of fun+cheap date ideas comes from the Date Night Wingman and each one had to audition to see if they were good enough. They had to be:
Everyone loves Lego. Like everyone!
On this date, you’re going to be paparazzi telling the story of a troop of Lego minions. Start by heading to the store and grab a Lego pack with some characters in it. Now hit the street, park, coffee store (+$5), or living room and get your phone camera flashing. Use all those cool filters in the app to make it even cooler. You could even use an instant camera if you already had the film.
Finally, post the album on Facebook one photo each day, with a short story attached, to keep your friends in the loop. This way you get days of fun for your $15.
Ever been hanging out down the street and had a random chick sneak past you aiming a Nerf gun everywhere she looks? The answer’s definitely ‘No’ because people are just way to boring…
But you’re dating on a budget, so you need to think outside the box. Head to the store and grab some Nerf hardware. Then head down the street (war zone) and try some of these out:
Geocaching is the real life treasure hunt you always wish existed! People hide loot all over the world and add the location to an app. All you need to do is download the Geocaching app, search for one nearby, and follow the digital compass.
It’s a total blast and when you find the destination you get to swap out something in the treasure chest with a keepsake of your own. This is a great memory of your epic date.
P.S. There are Geocaches all over every CBD so combo this with a coffee or lunch afterwards.
Planning where you can afford to live is something you have to do. But dreaming is totally more fun so put on your most recently washed clothes and head to the fanciest open houses you can find. It’s free. Is it weird? Sure is. Is it fun? Definitely!
A cool mod of this date idea is going to expensive stores like Louis Vuitton (a scarf costs $900…!?!) and roleplay with each other that you’re rolling in cash This one’s less weird since no-one working in the store can afford to shop there either.
Rules are made to be… laughed at while you break them!
Head to an office/art store and grab some oil crayons or spray paint. Then hit the side alleys and backstreets that already have street art all over them and make your mark on humanity. You can even make a stencil, like the cat above, or drop some peace-loving slogan bombs like ‘Keep Calm and smile on’.
(editors note: stay out of jail team, we won’t be paying your bail, haha).
What’s your best date idea? I’d love to hear your best dating on a budget tip! Graffiti it in the comments below. Need more date ideas? Subscribe to Elliott’s blog, The Date Night Wingman’s monthly update (there’s a free date invite pack if you choose to sign up using this link).
Elliott shares creative date ideas that help men have fun with their soulmate. After all date nights should be fun! I’d love a chat so drop me a line. I think people are pretty important so I’ll get back to you! Every guy deserves a Wingman!