Five Cheap Things to Do for Date Night


Valentine’s day has passed, but the panic is still on! If you have a significant other who deserves the best of the best every day of the year and a paycheck that’s not agreeing with that mindset, here are some things you can do that won’t break the bank!

1.) Go Ice Skating

The Nelson Center offers public skating for a very low price. For just under $20, you and a partner can enjoy some rental skates and a couple hours of nonstop laughing (especially if you’ve never done it before).

Here’s a link to the Nelson Center Rink: Ice Skating

Here’s a link to the University of Illinois campus, which also offers public skating: Public Skating

2.) Video Game Night In

It might cost a pretty shiny penny for the new video games coming out, but this doesn’t require you to wait months for the new Resident Evil or Halo Wars to be released. Go to your nearest Walmart and look through the bins that have the $20 video games and pick two or three out! Go home, press play, and you’ll either be entertained with the low quality of the games and spend the night laughing, or maybe you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

3.) $5 Movie Night

As mentioned above, go to Walmart and instead of looking in the video game bin, look at the movies. Buy some popcorn and enjoy a nice classic, gory horror film, or get a comedy that you can both laugh at together. All in all, staying in and watching a movie with your significant other is a cheap way to have a nice night.

4.) Homemade Dinner

This might cost just a little extra, depending on the recipes you decide to make. A simple pasta can cost around $30, without beverages. While keeping that in mind, it’s a lot cheaper than going out to a restaurant. Plus, you’ll always have the bragging rights to a nice tasting homemade meal. It’s a great conversation starter.

5.) Crafts

This always seems like a go-to when it comes to cheap, fun activities. You get some dollar store supplies like pompoms, pipe cleaners, felt, construction paper, and glue, and spend the afternoon making each other homemade love notes. It’ll be cheesy, and from the heart. What more could a significant other ask for?

You don’t need to have hundreds of dollars to impress your sweetheart. It’s easy to impress your significant other if you just put in a lot of effort and set aside time to spend together. Dinner and a movie can be quite pricey and a bit unnecessary but if you just make plans to spend the evening together doing small, affordable activities, the memories made will be priceless.

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