Hey there, budget-conscious lovebirds! Who says you must break the bank to have a good time with your partner? Here are ten budget-friendly date ideas that will help you spark joy in your relationship without spending a fortune:​​

Go for a walk 

As cliché as this may sound, taking a walk on the beach or park is not only free, but most of us feel that walking calms us and of course, you take can pretty photos. There are always ice-cream shops or little cafes near the beach or park, so you can always buy some ice-cream or something warm to drink, depending on your partner or your preferences.

Explore a place you always wanted to

Packing in a simple picnic basket or just grabbing some snacks for the trip can save you loads of money. You can go for a drive, hop on a bus, train or taxi and go around the city or to a pretty area you’ve always wanted to visit.

Create an at-home spa

Giving your partner a massage, a nice foot soak or even a face mask is such a sweet gesture and can really help them to relax. Light a few candles, play some soft music and there you go! Successful date.

Movie night

Sometimes it is important to forget all about the hustle and bustle of life and wind down. With a huge array of streaming platforms, there is no easier time to have a movie date night than now. Prepare some popcorn, snacks or drinks. Hop into bed or snuggle up on the couch under some blankets and enjoy.

Do an outdoor activity

If you and your partner are into the outdoors, going for a hike or even just a walk in the mountains would be a great way to get some exercise while spending time with your partner without having to spend any money.

Try the R150 challenge date (or whatever amount you’re comfortable with)

You and your partner can decide that you only want to spend R150 on a date – that could be buying only snacks or buying something light to eat, but whatever you do, do not go over your budget. This is not only fun and creative, but it also can save you money.

Go out for breakfast

Breakfasts are surprisingly affordable, depending on what you buy of course, but they tend to be cheaper than evening meals. If you and your partner are feeling like you’re spending too much time indoors, then consider  going out for breakfast.

Cook together

Cooking together really brings people closer. You and your partner can decide what you guys would like to eat and share tasks. While you’re cooking you will chat away with your partner, laugh and just have some good fun while saving money and preparing something delicious.

Play a board game

A great way to have fun and get a little competitive is to play a board or card game.. A game like Scrabble really brings out the best of us, especially when you have to ask, “Does that word exist!?”

Go bowling

Another game means added fun. Bowling is usually an inexpensive game that is great when you want to get out of the house for a date. Your competitive side will probably sneak its way in, but that’s great if you want to win!


Getting you outside the house once again. Putt-putt courses are fun and it’s great to see who will be the winner. If it’s in the budget, you and your partner can even make a bet, where the loser buys dinner/coffee/ice-cream…

So, there you have it! Ten affordable and fun date ideas to keep the romance alive. What are some of your go-to budget-friendly date ideas? Share them with us in the comments below!