cheap + fun date ideas you have to try!

As you all know, I'm headed to Montana this summer to spend three months with my man! I'm beyond excited and its only 30-something days away! Three months is the longest we've spent together at one time, even though with work he'll be gone for half of it. But being together all the time means we're going to do lots of fun things. Last summer, we were in Germany where there were so many fun things to do but in Montana- not so much. So, we have to be a little more creative with our dates. Plus, going out on dates can be expensive, so I've been brainstorming some things that are either free or really cheap that we (and you!) can do for fun with your loved one!
Go for a hike
I'm especially excited for this one. Montana has a lot of good hiking spots, and it's going to be beautiful this summer!

Watch the sunset
How romantic! Blankets in the back of the truck, some wine, country music, and the sunset!

Watch the sunrise
"You ever watched the sun go down from the bed of a pickup truck? Ever been so into somebody you're still lying there when it comes back up?" Exactly.

Order in and watch movies
Pizza (or if you're stomach hates you like mine does- Chinese) and some Netflix. It doesn't get much better than that! Plus, movies = cuddling.

See a matinee showing of a movie
This is great if you want a daytime date that's cheap but still just as fun. Most movie theaters have early showings for a discounted price. Some cities even have dollar theaters that play older movies!

Craft/build something
Do something Pinterest inspired! The DIY section has tons of good ideas for that stuff.

Cook dinner together
Make something nice and don't do all the work- make him help! Cooking together can be so fun. Set up a table with candles, some wine, and good music and it'll be even better than going out to eat!

Bake cookies
Baking together can be so fun- maybe even start a flour fight ;)

Work out together
Not everyone is into this, but going to the gym together is a good way to stay healthy but still spend time together.

Go for a walk
Unless you live in sketchy Tucson like me. But going on a walk on a nice day can be so relaxing and gives you a chance to focus on each other and talk.

Walk around downtown
If your town has a little downtown area, grab dinner or coffee and walk around! Visit some boutiques and just enjoy each other's company.

Go (window) shopping
If you're trying to save money, but the mall is the only thing to do where you're from (like in Montana ugh) then go window shopping! It never hurts to look around! Walking the mall hand in hand can be more fun than you think!

Giving back to the community is always rewarding, and it can be so fun if you find a cool opportunity and share it with the one you love!

Visit a farmer's market
If you're going to make dinner together, try getting the ingredients from a local farmer's market! If you're not planning on cooking, its still a fun place to walk around. Free samples anyone?!

Build a blanket fort
A blanket fort that includes a TV, wine, and some dessert can make for a cozy + romantic evening!

Have a movie marathon
Is anyone else a Netflix binger? Have a marathon of your favorite movies or TV series.

Surprise each other
Surprises are always fun. Make him a surprise dinner, or plan a surprise date! The element of surprise always makes things more exciting.

Play board games
Or video games. Anything where you can have fun and compete! Loser buys froyo!

Have friends over for dinner
You decorate, he mans the grill. Having friends over for a BBQ is always fun.

Have a picnic
Make some lunch or pick it up, pack some blankets and a frisbee, and head to the park!

Get coffee together
Coffee is just a cheaper alternative to getting lunch, and you can walk around while you drink it!

Try out a local restaurant
Exploring your city and finding new places to eat is the best! Who knows, you might find your new favorite lunch spot!

Just drive. Go somewhere random. Blast some music, hold hands, and don't stop driving until you find somewhere fun to stop!

Explore a new city
I'm excited to do this this summer. We're planning to go to one of the bigger cities and explore. Shop, find good restaurants, visit the zoo! A new city means new adventures!

What're your favorite date ideas?
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  1. We love going for runs together or going to our local swimming pools. Walking around down town and checking out the little shops is always fun.

  2. I like to go to local events...My boyfriend and I went to an art festival and an Asian festival awhile back and had a great time.

  3. We love taking our dogs to the dog park, then grabbing ice cream afterwards! :)

  4. These are such great ideas. I love cheap/free date nights.

  5. 3 months together! How exciting! I know long distance is no fun at all - I'm thrilled for you!

  6. I want to move to Montana soooo badly!

  7. Hiking and workout out together are great ideas! I hope you have a lovely time in Montana - it seems like such a gorgeous, natural place and I can't wait to see some photos!

  8. Hey! Found your blog via #treatyourselfthursdays. Love it!

  9. These are great ideas! I'm in Chicago so our hikes are not quite as breathtaking as Montana, but I think one could still be managed. Stopping by from TreatYoSelfThursday. :)

  10. These are definitely all on my list, starting with get outside together. Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Great post! Inspiring ideas! Thanks, Tammy

  12. great post! these are a lot of things we def like to do. :) we def like to splurge every once in a while so we need to do plenty of cheap and free dates in between!

  13. LOVE all of these ideas. There's so many free outdoor activities you can do like hiking - go to the beach, go for a bike ride, go to a local dog park and play with puppies, etc. Air is free - use it (: Thanks for sharing!

    xo Madeleine

  14. One of our favorite things to do is go to an early showing of a movie on a Saturday or Sunday; sometimes even two! Coming over from Shane's giveaway...this time ;)

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  16. Thanks for linking up to Manic Mondays!