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7 Fun & Inexpensive Date Nights That Are COVID-19 Proof

Your Relationship
July 22, 2020

Going on dates with your significant other is just as important when you're married as it is when you're not. But it can be expensive and difficult to do during a pandemic! Here are seven, COVID-19-proof fun and inexpensive date ideas!

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With a pandemic upon us, planning an inexpensive and fun date night takes some creativity. Even without a pandemic, planning an inexpensive and fun date night can be somewhat challenging.

My wife and I like to make it a regular practice of our’s to go on dates, whether they take us outside our house or happen from our living room.

Here are seven inexpensive and fun date nights that are COVID-19 proof. I hope they bring you and your partner great joy and even closer together!

Oh, and the best part is that they’ll give you a break from your regular Netflix routine.

1. Board game & bottle of wine

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Carcassonne has quickly become mine and my wife’s favorite board game. It’s simple, easy to learn, fun to play, and requires a good bit of strategy.

If you and your significant other love a good dose of competition, I highly recommend this game. And to ease some of the stress from the high levels of competition, a little wine for those old enough is a wonderful addition to the game night.

Between these two, you’ll find that this makes for a wonderful, fun and inexpensive game night that you can do over and over again. You can play just two players or up to six.

But let’s say you’re not the board game type; then what?

2. Beach or park picnic

Everyone loves a little fresh air. Depending on your geographical situation, I highly recommend getting out once a week to your local beach or park and have a picnic!

Nothing fancy needed here. A couple of chairs or a blanket, a bag or something to carry food or drinks with, and then some food and drinks to enjoy and you’re all set.

You can keep it real cheap with snack foods or appetizers or you can get fancy and grill up a steak. The beauty is in the flexibility of this date night.

3. Takeout on your patio

It could be that you don’t have a park or beach nearby, or that you’re simply not comfortable having a picnic out in public yet.

Instead, pick a night during your week that you and your person can order your favorite take-out food, and then enjoy it on your patio!

During this pandemic, my wife and I have designated one night a week to bring in some take-out food from some of our favorite restaurants. And enjoying it on your patio rather than at your couch may break the routine and allow some more undistracted connection.

4. Cook something you’ve never made

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If you’re on a budget and looking to save even more money, there are still many options wide open to you. One that I’ve come to enjoy is identifying a dinner I’ve never cooked before and then setting out to cook it!

To make it even more fun, invite your significant other into the process. One of you is probably more of the cook than the other, but on this date night, you are both chefs! Okay, maybe one of more like a sous chef.

As a little tip, make sure you plan your cooking venture around ingredients you may already have. This will lower the costs a bit more.

Alright, now for idea number five.

5. Paint that wall already

How many home projects have been on your mind that you’ve been “saving for when the time is right”?

Well, the time is now right.

The first month into COVID-19, my wife and I finally decided to make an accent wall out of the largest wall in our living room. We love the way it turned out, and in the process we had discovered a fun, accidental date night had occurred in the process.

We got all our paint supplies, ordered some takeout per our rhythm, and then away we went. We accomplished a home project with good food, good laughs and under no stress because there was nothing else to do.

Highly recommend this. And you can sub out painting with whatever home project you have on your list.

6. Find some water to go paddle boarding

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This date idea is perfect for anyone with a body of water within driving distance. What’s awesome is that you can still find many paddle board rental shops still operating and renting boards out!

What’s also nice is that this a social-distance-friendly to enjoy the outdoors with your significant other. Not that you two are trying to social distance from each other, but from everyone else. You get what I’m saying.

It’s low cost, fun, and a good work out (especially if you’re paddling against the wind). In case you’re interesting in buying some portable paddle boards that don’t require roof racks, see here for some great options!

7. Dance party in the living room

Okay, I know that there are couples out there who love to dance and who are deeply saddened by the closures of their favorite bar or dance spot.

As it turns out, there is an alternative: your living room and a good sound system. This idea is the perfect combination of fun and inexpensive. I know this won’t be for everyone, but for the dancers out there: this is for you.

And a word to the self-proclaimed non-dancers: I still think you ought to give this a try. You'll be surprised by how much fun you end up having.

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