Date night ideas for $20 or less


Dating in college can be difficult for a variety of reasons. One obstacle for college students is the lack of funds. It’s hard to have a job while you’re a full-time student, and with the prices of just about everything going up lately, going on a date could get a little pricey. If you just hung out with your crush and are looking for cheaper options, here are some date ideas for $20 or less.


Taking a picnic with your date can be a cheaper option than going to a restaurant. Pack some sandwiches and snacks and find a quiet, intimate place to eat to help lift the mood without breaking the bank.

You don’t have to deal with a noisy restaurant or risk going to a restaurant where neither of you like the food. Going to the grocery store together can be an easy way to get to know your date and their food preferences, and give you an idea of ​​what they like if you plan on attending on future dates.

When the weather isn’t cooperating or it’s too dark outside for a fun picnic experience, there’s no shame in the dollar menu at a fast food restaurant. You can have a makeshift picnic in the car while walking back and forth and showing each other your favorite songs.

watching stars

After or instead of a picnic, stargazing can be a romantic and complimentary option. While DeKalb does experience some light pollution, there can still be plenty of stars visible on a clear, cloud-free night.

If you have a car, head north down Annie Glidden as you don’t have to go far before you reach the open fields. There is much less light and you can see more stars.

Buy a $1 lottery ticket

A unique cheap date idea is to win a $1 lottery ticket together. It can go in two ways. You can either win some money and spend the winnings on the date. If you don’t win anything, go somewhere else, e.g. Go to a thrift store or a real estate sale, for example, and talk about what you would both do if you won the jackpot. It could be a great conversation starter and can help you get to know your date better. Would you save it? do you spend it On what?

Lord Stanley’s and the Annex

If you’re both over 21, Lord Stanley’s and the Annex at 142 East Lincoln Highway offers two pitchers of beer and a pizza for just $20. After thinking about what it would be like to be a millionaire and if you’ve tried your luck with a lottery ticket, it might be fun to come back to reality and enjoy the fact that the two of you are just two at the moment College kids are having fun night out in a small town bar.

game night

If you decide to stay home, buy a board game together at There’s Fun In Store, 229 East Lincoln Highway. This game store has a wide range of board games. If you’re looking for a game that isn’t as typical as Monopoly or Scrabble, There’s Fun in Store has a few different escape room games that cost under $20. Seeing if you would be able to get away with your date can be an interesting bonding experience.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a date to make it a good one. Thinking of something more personal and doing things that actually get the conversation going will work in your favor. Don’t let a lack of money in your bank account stop you from dating someone. Not to mention, do you really want to spend your entire paycheck on someone you may never see again? Enjoy the little things and focus on the time together.


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