Marriages Matter: 25 Frugal Winter Date Ideas


As I purpose to make marriages matter this year, I’m finding myself in a bit of a dilemma: I have three young kids at home and we’re living on a limited budget. Tip #1 isn’t going to be easy to accomplish… unless I can find some great frugal winter date ideas.

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25 Frugal Winter Date Ideas

Realizing I probably wasn’t the only one with a limited budget for babysitting and date nights, I decided to do a quick search on Swagbucks to see if I could collate some frugal winter date ideas for busy parents. My search was successful, and based on the number of results I came across, I’m realizing that frugal date ideas are a big topic for couples everywhere!

[Not only can I save money with the great frugal date ideas I found, but by searching on Swagbucks I earned points toward gift cards or cash that I can use toward the cost of some of these ideas!]

Here are just a few of the frugal winter date ideas I found:

  1. Cook a meal together [share a favorite recipe from your childhood]
  2. Play a card or board game together [some of our favorites include: Scrabble, Battleship, Uno Attack, Phase 10, Dutch Blitz, Yahtzee, and Euchre]
  3. Go out to breakfast [breakfast tends to be a less expensive meals than dinner]
  4. Go sledding
  5. Visit the library [check out a few books or even a DVD]
  6. Read a book together [see Tip #3]
  7. Go ice skating
  8. Go bowling
  9. Play video games from your childhood [we just got a Sega Genesis preloaded with 80+ games]
  10. Go out for coffee
  11. Watch a TV series via Amazon Instant Video [we’ve watched a lot of TV series this way]
  12. Go to the arcade [buy $10 in tokens and see who can rack up the most tickets – use them to buy your spouse something special]
  13. Watch a DVD together [we enjoy picking up cheap copies of older romantic comedies like Crazy Stupid Love and He’s Just Not That Into You as well as newer action-packed dramas such as The Hunger Games or Divergent]
  14. Tackle a DIY project around the house [this only works well if you both enjoy doing household projects]
  15. Bake cookies [or another favorite sweet treat] together
  16. Escape to an all-inclusive couples’ weekend in a winter wonderland
  17. Visit a local museum [even better if you can find a coupon or get in on a free admission day]
  18. Go out for half-priced appetizers [or use a coupon to eat out for less]
  19. Volunteer together at a local shelter or charity
  20. Sit in the mall food court and people watch [make up stories about various individuals and share them with your spouse]
  21. Tip #4
  22. Go to the thrift store and find a unique gift for the other person for $5 or less
  23. Go on a scavenger hunt at Target [make a list of random categories and find objects that fit each one]
  24. Give each other massages [we have several essential oils for massage that make a great date night massage kit]
  25. Spend an evening talking on the couch [put the kids to bed early and just enjoy touching base with one another]

What a great round-up of frugal date night ideas – perfect for staying in or getting a sitter and enjoying an inexpensive night out with my husband.

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25 Frugal Winter Date Ideas