The best part is you don’t have to look too far (or dig too deep in the wallet) to find fun and affordable date ideas.
We’ve put together a list of 30 suggestions under that are guaranteed to pump up the fun and romance in your life.
Cost: 0*When the season’s right, hit up a local apple orchard to pick a bundle of the antioxidant-rich fall superfood.
There’s something refreshing about spending time outdoors and picking your own locally-sourced produce.
Cost: $ - $$$Scoping out the various for-sale goods can be the perfect way to score super cheap (and needed) clothes and home décor.
Map out a combination of favorite and as-yet-untested coffee shops around town and do a taste testing of their most popular picks, whether it’s a cup of dark roast or a seasonal latte.
Cost: $$Always wanted to check out kickboxing or Cross Fit but too shy to go solo? Many studios offer free or discounted intro classes so you can cheer each other on.
Bonus: Working out with a buddy can inspire you to push yourself harder.
While shared rituals—such as splitting the penne at your favorite Italian joint every Friday—can be a fun tradition, research shows relationships need novelty too.
Keeping things fresh can increase relationship satisfaction and bring back those “butterflies” that we’ve all had on the first few dates, at the same time flooding the brain with feel-good dopamine Couples’ shared participation in novel and arousing activities and experienced relationship quality. Department of Psychology, State University of New York, Stony Brook, N. Journal of Personal and Social Psychology, 2000; 78(2): 273-84.
Plus, the loot is perfect for snacking, adding to a parfait, or whipping up healthy treats together (gluten-free apple crisp, anyone? Cost: $$Instead of Instagramming, give the smartphone a break and purchase a disposable camera.