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5 Low-Cost Double Date Ideas

Updated: Jan 4

Don't let money stop you from doing things you love. Here are five budget-friendly double date ideas that promise fun and quality time.

Picnics are perfect for double dates

Picnic in the Park

You can't beat a picnic in the middle of nature. Grab some sandwiches, fruits, and a blanket, and head to the park. Bring along a frisbee or card games for extra fun. Get some fresh air, chat with friends, and enjoy the fresh air.

Essentials for a picnic

  • Picnic blanket or mat

  • Picnic basket or cooler

  • Food and drinks

  • Utensils and tableware

  • Outdoor activities (e.g. frisbee)

  • Sun protection and comfort

DIY Game Night

Get your friends together and host a game night! Get out your favorite board games, decks of cards, or even make your own. Give it a theme - whether it's a retro game night or a formal affair. Enjoy quality time together, engage in healthy competition, and share laughs. It could become a regular, anticipated event.

Five popular games for game night


A word-based game where teams compete to guess their team's secret words based on one-word clues given by their spymaster. It's engaging, strategic, and fosters teamwork.


A hilarious drawing and guessing game where players sketch a word or phrase, pass it to the next player who guesses, and then the next player draws the guess. The results are often surprising and entertaining.


A strategic board game where players collect resources and build settlements, aiming to dominate the island of Catan. It's competitive yet collaborative, allowing for alliances and negotiations.


A classic drawing and guessing game where one player draws a word or phrase while their team tries to guess what it is within a time limit. It's fast-paced, creative, and encourages lots of laughter.


A social deduction game where players are assigned roles as villagers or werewolves. Through discussion and deduction, villagers try to identify and eliminate the werewolves while the werewolves aim to remain hidden. It's thrilling and encourages interactive storytelling.

Outdoor Movie Night

Have an outdoor movie screening in your backyard or a nearby park. Make a cozy seating arrangement with blankets and cushions, and watch some classic movies. Make sure you bring popcorn! Having a movie under the stars makes the evening cozy and romantic.

Read the NYTimes article, How to DIY Your Own Outdoor Movie Theater, for details.

Cook-Off Challenge

Make your kitchen a battleground! Plan a cook-off challenge with your friends. Divide into teams and pick a theme. Get creative with your ingredients and set a budget. Enjoy the delicious results and the camaraderie of cooking together after your session.

Community Volunteering

Take part in volunteer activities together. Get involved in local community service, whether it's at a shelter, a neighborhood cleanup, or a charity event. Making a positive impact with your friends while volunteering strengthens your bond and fosters a sense of shared purpose.

VolunteerMatch is the largest network in the nonprofit world, with the most volunteers, nonprofits and opportunities to make a difference.

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