date ideas on a budget

When’s the last time you had a date night with your better half? If you’re like most couples, chances are, it’s been a few months since you had some quality alone time. Having limited funds doesn’t mean that you can’t sweep your partner off their feet. With a little preparation and some careful planning you can impress your beau with a fun, creative date that they’ll always remember. Here’s the ultimate guide to dating on budget, from stay-at-home options for the true homebodies to outdoorsy adventures that only require a little bit of spare cash and right attitude.

Here are 20 romantic date ideas on a budget – Manila Edition!

1. Backyard Camping

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Photo by derciocomuana | ©

A romantic night in a tent is a fairly inexpensive way to show your partner you care about him and have taken the time to create an intimate setting. You can make it as rugged or as comfortable as you like, and you can take it far from home, or set up right in your living room!

Tent (there are tents that only cost 428 PHP)
Flashlights and batteries
Food and Snacks

2. Build a Fort in The Living Room

date ideas on a budget blanket fort
Photo by dididigit | ©

Perfect for a rainy day inside or a lazy day of movies, books, and snuggling. Hide yourselves away from the world, make s’mores and other campfire foods and tell stories. What better place for a little make-out session than that blanket fort in the middle of your house.

Blanket… Lots of it!

3. Play Videos Games Together

It is both a bonding experience and a way to work out each other’s communication and decision-making styles. Ask if what type of games does your partner play, Steam offers hundreds of Free-To-Play games from Casual to Co-op. Whenever my beau and I feels lazy to go out, we just log on, team up or destroy each other. #DotaGirlSince2005

Personal Computer/Console
Stable Internet Connection
Snacks & Drinks

4. Have a Movie Marathon, or Binge Watch Seasons of Shows

Whether you rent a movie or watch via Netflix, buy popcorn and lemonade, and snuggle with a blanket.

  • Or watch sports like NBA or PBA, or perhaps a boxing match then bet on a team. #GoSpursGo

5. Get In Touch With Your Creative Side

Pick an activity that you’ve been itching to do for a long time or search Youtube for ideas. Make a tie-dye shirt? Silk screen printing? Buy the supplies and together figure out how to do things. 

6. Teach the Other How to Do Something They’ve Never Tried or Vice Versa.

We are our significant other’s fangirls and fanboys, right? Sometimes it amaze us how they do things that we think it’s impossible for us to do. Don’t be shy to ask them to teach you or offer to teach them. For example, my beau once asked me to teach him how to play the drums – since I do not have a drum set at home, we went to search for studios around the metro. Most studio rentals are cheap and sometimes the price are negotiable.

7. Stay Home for a Cozy Couple’s Spa Night

If you’re in the mood to relax and unwind, then an at-home spa day may be exactly what you and your partner need. Imagine hours of pampering, soothing scents, music that melts away all your troubles!

8. Play in the Arcade

Compete with each others’ high scores or play co-op. Healthy competition is fun for couples, and the nostalgia of gaming in public is guaranteed to put you both in a good, fun mood.

9. Enjoy a Karaoke Night.

One of the most exciting date ideas specially if you’re into music! You can visit some late night karaoke bars and unleash your inner diva (or rockstar) by crooning your favorite songs. For cheaper options you may visit any nearby Timezone arcades, most of their outlets have karaoke cubicles. Or you may purchase a portable microphone and search for Minus One songs via Youtube.

date ideas on a budget karaoke

10 Go Bowling

Sometimes it is good to breakaway from the usual dinner and movie date. Bowling is focused around an entertaining physical activity, with a little hint of happy childhood and nostalgia thrown in for good measure.

11. Sweat Together

Working on your #FitnessGoals? Do some research to find classes with great first timer rates, or “consider joining” a gym and ask to try out their facilities.

  • Or you can join a 5 km fun run and train together around Bonifacio Global City or in UP Diliman.

12. Hit the Trails

Outdoorsy types can get their workout in with a morning hike on the nearest wilderness trails. Endorphins + scenic views = a guaranteed good time. 

13. Bike Around Town

If tandem bikes aren’t really your cup of tea, rent or ride your own bikes for a leisurely lap around a park or over a nature trail—it can be as little as 300 PHP for the whole day.

14. Rock it Out

Let your endorphins kick in with a rock-climbing wall. Practice your teamwork getting to the top. struggling or falling on a climb is the ultimate ice breaker. You’re guaranteed to share plenty of laughs.

15. Join Trivia Night at a Local Pub

Sign up together for trivia night at a local bar to see how well you can recall random facts. Winners usually leave with a cash prize, meaning that you could share a winner’s pot (or save it for your next date night).

16. Head to the Local Playground

Slides are exciting. Monkey bars are fun. Swinging side by side is totally awesome, and you can have a contest as to who can swing higher.

17. Go Swimming

Visit a community center or park such as Rainforest in Pasig City, or even purchase water park passes to a local hotel. Water park passes can be purchased inexpensively, and you can stay the entire day, relaxing in the hot tub.

18. Cook a Meal or Bake Together

Pick a recipe that will serve you well for your date night. If you want to be adventurous and learn something new together, then go with a recipe you’ve never tried.

19. Visit an Amusement Park

Indulge your inner child with an old-fashioned day at the amusement park. Play games, take the ferry wheel for a spin, or kick it up a notch with a bumper cars game.20. Visit a Museum.A museum is a great place to go to on a date. It’s quiet so you can talk, and there are usually interesting things to see and comment on.

Date night (or day) doesn’t require a massive amount of money for you to enjoy it. All you need is to find make time for each other, bit of effort and creativity goes a long way. 

How do you spend quality time with your significant other? Do you find these suggestions helpful? Amy more fun and budget-friendly activities that you’d like to share? I’d like to know by commenting below.

romantic date ideas on a budget


  1. simple and fantastic ideas! true love knows no bounds!

  2. That was nice. I think I will try it out.

  3. Great ideas ill definitely be putting some of these to use this weekend. Especially, building the fort I think that would be a super cute idea.

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Polly Amora is the señorita behind GoldenIslandSenorita.Net. A corporate warrior by day, and a perpetual explorer by heart. She is a lifelong learner who is very outgoing, speaks four languages, loud & outspoken, and loves to have adventures in the mountains, on the beach, and in the city. You can throw her anywhere, and she'll handle it like a pro. Ice cream and bourbon are two of her weaknesses.

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