18 Feb

There are plenty of fun dates you can have without ever stepping out your front door. And sometimes, after a long week, staying in might be just what the two of you need.

  1. Cook a special meal or fancy dinner together. Cooking dinner with your special someone is a great way to spend some quality time together. Try out a new recipe or sample some ingredients you don’t normally buy.
  2. Eat takeout by candlelight. Eating this way can make eating at home feel like a fancy experience. Put on some nice instrumental music and give it a try.
  3. Have a picnic on the floor. You don’t need good weather to have a picnic. Turn on a YouTube fireplace on the TV, spread a blanket out on the living room floor, and have a cozy picnic!
  4. Make drinks and sip them on your patio. Have your own happy hour at home and sip your drinks in the backyard or on the patio. It’ll be a lot cheaper than buying drinks out.
  5. Stargaze from your backyard. As long as you don’t live in the heart of a city, you’re likely to see stars in the sky on a clear night. Grab a blanket, look up, and be amazed. You can’t beat that natural ambience.
  6. Play board games. You can branch out with some strategy games or some timeless classics, like Monopoly and Clue. And for something a little less brainy, checkers is always a good go-to.
  7. Get dessert to go from your favorite restaurant. You can save around $30–40 on date nights (and not have to pay a tip) just by making dinner at home and picking up dessert to go.
  8. "Netflix and Chill" for a movie night at home. I know, it’s exciting to see the latest and greatest blockbuster on the big screen, but between tickets and snacks, the cost can add up real quick. You’ll save at least $30–40 by not going to the movies or hitting up the concession counter. (Last weekend it cost us $48.00 for tickets, popcorn and 2 drinks...) Instead, check out flicks through NetFlix, Tubi, Amazon Prime, YouTube or your favorite app, and pick up snacks from the dollar store.
  9. Take a trip down memory lane. Get out old photos or family home movies and spend some time reminiscing.
  10. Plan a vacation you’re not taking (yet). Okay, I admit it. Sitting around with your laptop and planning a vacation that you have no intention of going on right now is actually a lot of fun. And who knows? If you keep saving money on dates, you could be taking that dream vacation sooner than you think.
  11. Make milkshakes, floats or fancy ice cream sundaes at home. Instead of going out and dropping $10–15 at your favorite ice cream shop, make your own treats at home. You can even grab a variety of toppings or mix-ins and still come out cheaper than you would at the ice cream shop (and you’ll probably have extras, so you can do this again a different day).
  12. Binge-watch a new show. All right, maybe this sounds like a regular old Tuesday night at your house. But finally watching that show you’ve been meaning to catch can be a lot of fun. And if you watch it on one of the streaming services you already pay for, then it’s basically free! (But don’t forget the snacks!)

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