10 Budget Friendly Summer Date Nights

10 Budget Friendly Summer Date Nights

Date nights are one of my favorite things. I am such a quality time girl, and unfortunately, hanging out in groups with a bunch of people doesn’t fill up my quality time tank quite like it should. I’m more of a one on one kinda gal. My dad says I’m high maintenance in the attention category. . . and maybe I am.

As newly weds, we aren’t going to the fanciest restaurant in town to wine and dine, but we do like to do something fun at least once a week – whether that is cooking together, going on a walk, or setting up a legit date night. Today I’m going to share with you a few of my fav budget friendly summer date night ideas!

Hammock Date! 

I’m a huge fan of grabbing my double nested ENO, setting it up by a creek or a river, and snuggling and talking about our day. Or just snuggling and reading a book not saying one word to each other. . .

Picnic in your backyard

OK confession, Pai and I have had many picnics in our backyard because our dining room table was so full of wedding stuff/stuff that needs to go to Goodwill. . . six months into this whole marriage thing. Yup. But cooking dinner together or grabbing takeout and spreading out a picnic blanket in the backyard makes an ordinary meal *romantic*.

10 Budget Friendly Summer Date Nights


I always find it suuuper romantic to be out at night under a clear, velvety sky, looking at the scars. Extra points scored if someone thought to bring a yummy drink. Lying all cozy under the stars always leads to great conversations with your lover.

Trip to the Farmer’s Market

We don’t go to the Farmer’s Market enough, but I absolutely love it when I do go! Artisan bread, fresh flowers, herbs, succulents, delicious coffee – what more could you want on a Saturday morning?! Going to the Farmer’s Market with my boo is one of my fav things to do. Plus, I enjoy supporting local farmers.

Snocone Zone

Pai loves ice ceam, I love snocones. There’s a local food truck here that does ahhmazing snocones! First you get your snocone, then they put ice cream on it, then you can pick out a topping (I got pineapple once, and she poured sweet and condensed milk all over that goodness!) It’s pretty delightful. But if slushies aren’t your thing, milkshakes are equally fun.

10 Budget Friendly Summer Date Nights

Lake Day!

Recently we went with a group of people on a Sunday afternoon and rented kayaks for a couple hours. I got nice and light pink, was sore for several days after, but had the time of my life! Kayaking, paddle boarding, white water rafting – anything that gets you outside and moving under the summer sun is a great way to connect with your boo.


This is another great date idea where you can invite a lot of people to join in. On a super hot day, grab a tarp, find a hill, suds it down and get your bathing suit on because it’s slip-n-slide time. It is sure to be a hilarious and fun time.

Hot Tub Hot Date Night

OK this one may not be feasible for all. But if you don’t have a hot tub but have a friend with one who doesn’t mind you climbing over their fence to hang out in their hot tub late at night, then this could be a fun and giggly date night. Grab your favorite drink and enjoy a steamy evening with your boo (because hot tubs are steamy.)

Make Your Own Beach

When I see everyone else on the Instagram bummin’ it at the beach, I get kinda jealous. Because I want to be on the beach. But when life doesn’t give you a beach, make one yourself. Put a beach front image on your TV, the waves sound on your white noise app, lay out the towels on your living room floor. If it’s hot enough in your house and you close your eyes, you can semi-pretend you’re on the beach.


Nothing is more romantic than sitting out by a fire, eating hot dogs, roasting s’mores, and then sleeping on the cold, hard ground. While I’m more a fan of “glamping,” I don’t mind roughin’ it for a night with my boo.

Budget Friendly Summer Date Nights

What is your favorite way to spend a date night? 

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5 Inexpensive Christmas Dates

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I LOVE CHRISTMAS. Okay. There I said it. 500 times in this past week. I also love date night. Pai and I set aside every Monday night as “Date Night.” It’s a commitment. We’ve discovered that if we don’t commit one date night a week, then there might be some weeks where we just don’t see each other. I’m a quality time person, so face time – literal face time – is important to me. But I’m a new adult in the working world and Pai’s in grad school, so we don’t have the money to go out every week, so we like to get creative with our dates. I asked Pai if we could have a Christmas themed date every week this month, and being the sweet boyfriend he is, he said yes. Here are some fun, inexpensive dates I’ve come up with to help boost your holiday spirit without breaking the bank!

Trim the Tree

Haven’t put up your tree yet? Invite your honey over and put him to work! Michael Buble’s Christmas albums are the perfect songs to dance to while throwing tinsel on the tree and creating the perfect Christmas atmosphere. Don’t forget to add some mistletoe and hang your stockings with care. 😉

Hot Chocolate and a Christmas Movie

Do you love chocolate? Do you love Christmas? Do you need a relaxing and cozy date? Pull on your fuzzy socks, make some cookies and hot cocoa and settle down with your favorite Christmas movie and your boo thang. This date is guaranteed to give you feelings of good warmth because a) hot chocolate is delicious, b) Christmas movies are cheesy and adorable and c) you inevitably are going to have to cuddle and all that oxytocin makes you love life.

Look at the Lights

The best thing about this date is that it’s virtually free! I say virtually, because you still have to pay for gas. Grab a cup of coffee and turn on some Christmas tunes and drive around to the most beautiful neighborhoods! Bonus points if you rank the houses, or make up your own Christmas Lights Bingo game.

Take Cute Christmas Photos

(see above. Okay. There are a few awkward ones. Jest ye wait.) If you have a DSLR and remote, or self-timer on an iphone, or a sister with a DSLR who is willing to give up an hour of her evening taking goofy pictures of you and your boo, then you’re all set!

Ding-Dong Ditch

Remember that game when we were kids when we would ring people’s doorbells and then run away? Well now you can play it as adults – just a nicer version. Spend an afternoon or evening baking little goodies and leave them on the doorsteps of friends in the area. It’s a great way to give back and spread some love! Maybe leave a little note so they know it’s not poisonous though. . .

Have you gone on any holiday themed dates? Tell me your favorites!!