Our 10 Favorite $2 Dates!

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One of the biggest roadblocks to date night is time and money. Today’s idea should help you with both. We have compiled 10 date nights, each only costing $2!  I decided to wrap this up in a fun way and give to my husband for Father’s Day.  Now whenever we have a little time and need a date night, we grab the idea wrapped in the $2 bills and head out for a night on the town.

Date Night Jar

This is SUPER easy to put together. All you need is to print the list of 10 Dates for $20 (total!) located at the bottom of this post, grab 20 1-dollar bills, a jar and some ribbon…

Dollar bills splayed out ready to go into Date Night Jar
Next, cut apart each idea and roll it up with two one-dollar bills.

2 hands wrapping paper around dollar bill for date night jar

Finally, put all of the ideas and money together in a jar, tie a bow on top and Voila! TEN date ideas for only $20 total! And aren’t they all so cute sitting in there waiting for you to unwrap them?!

Dollar bills in Date Night Jar

To give you a little sneak peek at what’s in this printable, here are two of our favorite ideas featured inside:

Grab a Redbox Movie and Enjoy a Movie Night In!

Don’t you just love how cheap RedBox movies are? And they’re SO convenient, too! I mean, they have one on practically every corner! If you happen to pick this date, you definitely need to check out our Romantic Redbox Date night printables, too. Just print these out with your home printer and spice up your $2 date even more! It seriously can’t get easier than this!

Our next favorite $2 date that’s included in this printable is…

Go To The Dollar Store and Surprise Each Other With a Present!

Who doesn’t LOVE the dollar store! So many amazing treasures that you can purchase guilt free! And while the Dollar Store might be a place you often go, we’re willing to bet you haven’t spent a date night there. And to help you have even MORE fun on this date, head over to our Dollar Store Date Night idea to print out some fun printables to bring along! You can step up your date night fun without dishing out any more money. Woo hoo!

And for more inexpensive date ideas check out our I’m So Glad I FONDUE Date Night or our Netflix Binge Date!

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10 Dates for $20 Printable

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  1. Love this idea & the fun strips, would love to be able to have some blank we could add our own 🙂

    1. Hi Tress! That is a great suggestion! I will contact the designer and see if we can get the printable updated. Thank you! XOXO

  2. This is such a great idea, I’m making more than 10 and I’m trying to think of more ideas, any suggestions? Thank you!

  3. Love, Love, Love these ideas! I so miss living in a town with a Dollar theater…. makes me think of old times! 🙂

  4. Cute ideas…
    But please don’t feed the ducks/geese with a loaf of bread. Bread is bad for them!! : (
    If you want to feed the ducks, buy a bag of cracked corn from a pet or grocery store instead!!

  5. These are so great. I have a bridal shower to go to next week and funds are tight, so this is perfect. I think I might change a few of them up and personalize them for the couple. I think I will also do this for my husband for new years and do 12 dates, one for each month.

  6. what great ideas! we live on a tight budget right now while i look for a job, so we’re always open to frugal date ideas!!

  7. I swear I could live on this site!! You gals have the most amazing ideas. I’m sure my followers think you ladies pay me to send out your stuff all the time. I just LOVE it all!!

  8. 1. Go on a date and begin collecting something together.
    2. Theme date: dinner, clothing, and movie, all from the Greco Roman era.
    3. Invite a couple (or a couple of couples) to meet for a game night.
    4. Have a friendly decathlon. Each of spouse brings five competitive events to the table.
    5. Prepare a special meal for someone and deliver it to them.
    6. Write a skit and act it out.
    7. Play one-on-one basketball at a local court
    8. Is there are room or area of the house that needs a makeover? Let’s tackle it together!
    9. Watch a classic movie musical together.
    10. Get a fresh pack of crayons, a bunch of construction paper, and go have an art date!
    11. Find a coffee shop with live music.
    12. Write a timeline of your relationship together; each milestone will become a chapter for your marriage story someday.
    13 Shoot pool at a local pool hall
    14. Go people watching at a mall. Make up an ongoing story using characters of unrelated
    people as they walk by.
    15. Plan a dream vacation; if it never happens it will at least be fun to plan. If the opportunity arises, a lot of the legwork will already be done!
    16. Go to a sporting event at the local school or rec field.
    17. Discover a part of Frederick County that you ’ve never visited.
    18. Go to a Lowes or Home Depot clinic and learn to build something together.
    19. Go canoeing.
    20. Go to Dollar General and find the best gift for each other for under $5. Then go for a celebratory ice cream cone!
    21. Pick wildflowers.
    22. Have a picnic (carry out ok) and take a stroll at a nearby park.
    23. Spend an evening looking through photo albums and reminiscing.
    24. Go fly a kite.
    25. Go to the park and push each other on the swings.
    26. Have a water gun target shooting contest.
    27. Order a pizza and have it delivered to somewhere on the Appalachian Trail for a “wilderness picnic.”
    28. Find a nice hillside to lie on and watch the clouds.
    29. Wash the cars together
    30. Find a trail and go mountain biking.
    31. Decorate a sidewalk at a nearby park with sidewalk chalk.
    32. Make a paper clip sculpture together.
    33. Go for a creek walk.
    34. Spend an evening making a “bucket lists” together.
    35. Feed fish at a nearby creek.
    36. Get an astronomy book from the library and learn as many constellations as you can.
    37. Portable drive in: go somewhere and watch a movie on a laptop.
    38. Break a record together: get the Guinness Book of World Records and break one; or
    create a new category and set a record!
    39. See how many fireflies each of you can catch in a glass jar.
    40. Play a round of Frisbee golf.
    41. Take a picnic dinner to Pen Mar Park and watch the sun set.
    42. Have the kids go overnight somewhere and have a lock-in.
    43. Go for a hike.
    44. Take a roll of quarters and go to an arcade.
    45. Go for a bike ride on the Gettysburg battlefield. See how many state monuments you can find.
    46. Take a bottle of wine and catch the sunset from Raven Rock cliffs.
    47. Catch the sunset from High Rock.
    48. Go produce picking; what’s in season?
    49. Go to a playground and compete in obstacle course races.
    50. Take a ball and mitt and go play catch somewhere unique.
    51. Go tubing.
    52. Visit Cunningham Falls.
    53. Go make dinner over an open fire.
    54. Begin writing your relationship story together. Take turns doing the typing to share each others perspectives.
    55. Play tennis.
    56. Go rock scrambling at a nearby outcrop.
    57. Sit under a bridge overpass and listen to the cars pass overhead.
    58. Visit a Hallmark store and find the funniest or cheesiest cards you can; read them to each other.
    59. Go for a country drive. Get yourself lost and then find your way home again.
    60. Play monopoly together…in the park.
    61. Make a music video together: what was you “first dance” song?
    62. Go for a jog together.
    63. Go climb a tree! (Pack a meal for an aerial picnic!)
    64. Find a free lecture or event to attend at a local college
    65. Having a hard time finding good movies? Bring the laptop to a Wi-Fi hotspot of view trailers; begin a movie list.
    66. Visit a graveyard.
    67. Drive to a scenic overlook and park, listening only to am radio.
    68. Bring a game of Scrabble to the park.
    69. Have a mini-S’mores date: Golden Grahams, chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and a
    70. Read a children’s book or short story together, taking turns to impersonate the characters
    in the story.
    71. Find a used bookstore and spend $5 apiece.
    72. Play Trivial Pursuit…subject, each other.
    73. Discuss something you’d like to learn together, then go to the library and learn!
    74. Fondue in the park!
    75. Husband plans a date; wife picks the the me.
    76. Wife plans a date; husband picks the theme.
    77. Wife plans a surprise date.
    78. Husband plans a surprise date.
    79. Write your wills together. You can get inexpensive software at Staples for this.
    80. Go to an antique store together, even if you don’t buy anything.
    81. Sketch your dream-house floor plan and talk about the possibilities of each room
    82. Write the story of how you met. Get it printed and bound.
    83. List your spouse’s best qualities in alphabetic order.
    84. Take a stroll around the block – hold hands as you walk
    85. Give your spouse a back rub
    86. Rent a classic love story video, microwave some popcorn and watch the video while cuddling.
    87. Go to a swimming hole together.
    88. Have a candlelight picnic in the back yard
    89. Plant a tree together in honor of your marriage
    90. Create your own special holiday
    91. Visit a local flea market and see who can pick out the cheapest, most fun, wacky and/or useful treasure. Ask a vendor or a passing visitor to judge.
    92. Go to a dollar movie.
    93. Go to an outdoor concert or sporting event, but stay in the parking lot and tailgate!
    94. In preparation for this date; think of a story about yourself from before your life together. On the date share it with one another; be as animated and creative as possible (embellishments encouraged!)
    95. Create a fill in the blank Q&A sheet for the other to answer and explain. Questions could include: “My favorite thing about you is _____.” “I knew I loved you when ____.” “It makes me laugh when you _____.”
    96. Go fishing.
    97. Go to a sporting event at a college in Adams, Franklin, Washington, or Frederick County.
    98. Go to a store and play “The Price Is Right.” Take turns guessing what different items cost and keep track of who guesses closest without going over the actual price.
    99. Paint murals on the garage doors. (Watercolor paints recommended!)
    100. Take a roll of pennies to a fountain; make wishes out loud as you throw them in.

    1. Gramma is offering suggestions for my home town, how awesome to stumble across this article and see her suggestions!

  9. Hi, Ladies!
    I love this idea too! I used your list as a starting point & gave my husband 12 envelopes for the year. Each with a $2 date in it. 🙂 Hoping that we will both have fun with these!

    I had another $2 idea to add… When seeds are on sale 10 for $1, go to the store and pick out seeds. Plan your garden together!

  10. Totally would LOVE to see that list!!! This is a fabulous idea!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  11. Thanks for the great ideas! I can’t wait to try this. Date night doesn’t happen very often at our house. I’m hosting a linky party “One Creative Weekend” at OneCreativeMommy.com. I’d love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you’d like to share.

  12. What a fun idea! And I love the look of your jar! Thanks for linking up with me for Friday Favorites! Please come back and link up again this week!

  13. OK, I can’t resist… the second to the last on the printables: “Grab water guns at the dollar store and have a water fight!” So my wife and I did that… but we got kicked out for making a mess! 🙂 Oh, you meant buy the guns and have a water fight elsewhere? My bad… 🙂 Thanks for a great idea!

  14. Oooh! My hubby saw this and said he really liked the idea a lot and for me to save it! So I did! 🙂

  15. Hi!
    I love your dating ideas, I’m getting married July 21st and have saved a lot of them for us. This one is also a great idea – I’ll probably try and think up some more ideas because my honey doesn’t eat sweets (weird, I know!). I’m so thankful for this website you’ve put together, can’t wait to get started!
    Jennifer 🙂

  16. I think this is a great idea. Not only is it important to be in a healthy, loving relationship but keeping it alive is work. This is creative, fun and personal. I love it!

  17. I think this is SO cute, Corie! Great job! It would be perfect for a bridal shower or as a wedding present as well! xoxo

  18. This is cute! I just wish there were more ideas that are stay at home friendly. I would have to pay a sitter for most of these. And that’s not cheap!

    1. Hey Cali! You can still do this idea and just make up your own ideas that are at-home. 🙂 We just put the ideas out there and our readers can change them up any way they wish. Have fun!

    2. Hi Cali! I just read through the list and there are several ideas that are home friendly. I have two young kids and love the Redbox movie idea, root beer float, stargazing on a blanket, eating ice cream sandwiches on the porch or roof. Some of the ideas you might be able to do ahead of time and enjoy with your spouse that night…like picking up two cookies at a bakery, grabbing the water guns from the Dollar Store. I hope that helps!

  19. Hi there. Do you have the list of date ideas. In your blog where you say ” All you need is to print the list of 10 for $20 ideas printable here” takes you to a site where you can purchase a print machine. Was that the intention? Love the Idea would like to know what dates you go on for under $20

  20. Hey i love the idea. Is there anyway we could get a list of the ideas? When I push the printable page it takes me to a letter press website. Thanks