50 Dates for under $50

50 Date Ideas for $50 or Less: Braised in a Kitchen

i think i speak for most of us when i say, more romance for less money is the way to go. (ok, let’s be honest, i think i speak for all of us most of the time, no matter what i’m saying…). the problem i have found with most date idea lists is so many of them are things i would never ever do, and i certainly wouldn’t try to convince someone else to do them with me.

so here is my list of 50 awesome dates that could all easily be done for under $50, i hope you enjoy!

FREE:
1. walking through a fancy neighborhood and judging the houses (judgy-wudgy was a bear…)
2. going for a bike ride
3. going to a park or lake
4. sitting out under the stars
5. camping in the backyard
6. going somewhere for good people watching (the mall and airport are great places to do this)
7. hiking
8. volunteering (check out this website for different volunteer options in your area)
9. visit open houses in your area (it’s like being on house hunters, what?!)

50 Dates for Under $50: Braised in a Kitchen

$10 DATES:
10. hit-up the dollar movie theater
11. go on a picnic
12. check out a local farm
13. go on a historic tour
14. go out for some ice cream: one of my favorite dates
15. visit a lecture or speaker that interests you: a lot of times these are free
16. go to a coffee shop and have a nice chat over a latte
17. check out a museum on one of their discount or free days

50 Dates for Under $50: Braised in a Kitchen

$20 DATES:
18. go to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant
19. go out to dinner on a ‘specials’ night: i.e. we love the 1/2 priced fajitas at pappasitos on wednesday!
20. visit the farmer’s market: this could be totally free, but i have yet to go and escape without buying something
21. go to a make your own or paint your own pottery studio (i think this is one of my sister’s favorite things to do)
22. karoake bar: get your total eclipse of the heart on
23. buy disposable cameras and spend the day taking pictures that you go and get developed: alright, this one is a little cheesy but what can i say, sometimes i’m in to cheesy
24. visit some estate sales: like the farmer’s market, this one is totally free but i think after a couple of hours hitting up estate sales you are going to find that perfect thing you didn’t know you needed that you can suddenly buy for $10
25. find out what local seasonal activities are going on in your area: i.e. fall festivals, spring events, christmas parties

50 Dates for Under $50: Braised in a Kitchen

$30 DATES:
26. rock climbing: i am deathly afraid of heights and i enjoy this
27. go to a concert
28. go bowling: sunday night is a great time for this!
29. laser tag: sooo much fun
30. visit the zoo
31. go on a brewery tour
32. have breakfast at a local diner
33. kayaking

50 Dates for Under $50: Braised in a Kitchen

$40 DATES:
34. get all dolled up and go to a fancy place for happy hour
35. mini golf/top golf
36. visit a comedy club
37. i’m not trying to stir-up controversy here, just offering options: go to a gun range (ok, ok, calm it down people i didn’t say buy a gun or go to an NRA rally)
38. take dance classes
39. visit a trivia night at a bar or restaurant
40. take a fitness class that is new to both of you
41. go out for tapas: so delish!

50 Dates for Under $50: Braised in a Kitchen

$50 DATES:
42. go out for a semi-fancy dinner
43. hit up a wine tasting
44. buy dinner at a specialty grocery store and take it to your picnic
45. go horseback riding
46. take a cooking class together
47. go to a water park or theme park
48. rent a boat
49. act like a tourist in your town and go visit some local touristy places
50. go to the mall with $25 each and buy something for the other person

50 Dates for Under $50: Braised in a Kitchen

there ya go friends! i have to say, making this list has inspired me to plan some dates that break out of our: dinner and ice cream rut (not that a rut involving ice cream is ever a bad thing…). enjoy!