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5 Affordable Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

Updated: May 6

Dedicated date nights exemplify intentionality toward one another, a commitment to a happy marriage. Perhaps this is why going on date nights when you have young children reduces the likelihood of splitting up by 20% and increases the chances of being happier in marriage.

5 Affordable Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

Remember that memories of experiences tend to become more valuable as they are reminisced upon, unlike material possessions that can depreciate over time. 

Numerous studies have demonstrated that experiences contribute more to happiness and well-being than material possessions. For example, research conducted by psychologists Thomas Gilovich and Travis J. Carter at Cornell University provides compelling evidence that experiences lead to greater happiness than material possessions.

Experiences vs. possessions

Simply said, committing to regular date nights that prioritize memorable experiences will improve your odds of a happier marriage. Here are five affordable date night ideas for couples.


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Picnic Under the Stars

Pack a basket with homemade sandwiches, snacks, and a bottle of wine, then head to a nearby park or even your backyard. Spread out a blanket, lay back, and enjoy each other's company while gazing at the stars above. This date is simple, allowing you to focus on each other and the beauty of the night sky without breaking the bank.

DIY Spa Night

Create a spa-like atmosphere at home by lighting candles, playing soothing music, and preparing homemade face masks or body scrubs. Take turns pampering each other with massages and enjoy the relaxation together. This is not only a budget-friendly option but also provides an opportunity for intimacy and bonding.

Movie Marathon Night

Create your own mini film festival at home with a movie marathon night. Choose a theme or genre, stock up on popcorn and snacks, then cozy up on the couch together for a movie marathon extravaganza. Whether you're into classic romances, action-packed thrillers, or laugh-out-loud comedies, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, you can take turns picking out movies, giving you both a chance to share your favorite films with each other.



Cooking Challenge

Challenge yourselves to a friendly cooking competition at home. Pick out a few ingredients or use whatever you have in your pantry, then see who can create the most delicious dish. Get creative, experiment with new recipes, and enjoy the process of cooking together. The best part? You get to savor the fruits of your labor afterward with a romantic dinner at home.

Be sure to check out our Food Pages if cooking is your thing.

Scenic Hike or Nature Walk

Lace up your hiking boots and explore the great outdoors together. Research local trails or nature reserves in your area and embark on a scenic hike or leisurely nature walk. Take in the sights and sounds of nature, breathe in the fresh air, and appreciate the beauty of the natural world around you. Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and increase feelings of well-being, making it the perfect backdrop for a memorable date.

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