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10 Fun and Budget-Friendly Ideas to Enjoy Date Night at Home

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Love spending quality time with your partner but not really a fan of expensive date nights? Here are a few fun and affordable ideas for having date nights at home.

10 Fun and Budget-Friendly Date Night Ideas at Home - Love spending quality time with your partner but not really a fan of expensive date nights? Here are a few fun and affordable ideas for having date nights at home. #ServeWithACoke #ShopRite #ad


With kids now back to school and the holidays approaching soon, life has certainly got busy for everyone and spending quality time with your partner could take a backseat.

Plus going on date nights can sometimes be expensive. Especially if you have kids, it might not always be feasible to leave them with a babysitter and go out every now and then.

So does that mean you cannot have fun at home? Absolutely not! My husband and I love spending time with each other by just staying in and relaxing with each other. 

But how can you make this fun? Here are a few budget-friendly date night ideas for you that can help you reconnect that spark with your partner.

1. Set the Mood

Think about creating a nice and pleasant ambiance in your home. Keep some fresh flowers around the house. Dim the lights and light some of your favorite candles. It will immediately make you feel happy and set the tone for the rest of your evening.

candle night dinner

2. Watch the first movie that you ever saw together as a couple

What was the first movie that you ever watched together? Was it a romantic movie, an action movie or a sci-fi one? Whatever it was, watch it again and try and remember that day when you watched the movie first time ever as a couple. It’s such a fun way to reminisce about the past.

3. Look back at your wedding album or wedding video

It’s so much fun to look back at old photos and videos. All the memories come back to you and you can remember all the wonderful, fun as well as silly things that may have happened on your wedding day.

4. Keep the Meal Convenient (so you don’t have to worry about the prep and after clean mess up)

Budget-Friendly Ways to Enjoy Date Night at Home

Although we love cooking together as a team, I’m not really a huge fan of the prep work and all the clean up that you have to do later. Sometimes keeping mealtime easy and convenient is essential when you want to spend quality time with each other.

Last weekend was one of those days when we decided to stay in and relax. Since I wanted to keep things simple and easy, I decided to give cooking a break and instead, got a deliciously prepared meal from my local ShopRite.

Actually, it so happened that when I walked in the store, I saw that they were bringing out their fresh 8-Piece Fried Chicken. The aroma of the chicken was so tempting that I knew it would make for a perfect meal on our date night at home.

And since I’m always a sucker when it comes to deals, I also got a bottle of DASANI 1L water along with it and saved $.99 with my Price Plus card.

shoprite kitchen chicken and DASANI

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After lighting some candles on the table, I served the Fried Chicken with some coleslaw.

DASANI and Shoprite Fried Chicken

And how could I forget about the beverages? I paired the chicken with FUZE Iced Tea in Lemon Flavor to jazz things up a bit.

FUZE Iced Tea and Shoprite Fried Chicken


Like I said, sometimes giving yourself a break from your regular chores is really important to unwind and relax. Just the thought of not having to prep for a meal makes me so happy.

5. Play Games

date night ideas - play games


This one has to be my favorite of all the things. I love playing multiplayer video games where I can beat my husband (even if it means cheating a little :D) So whether it is card games or playing video games, get into that competitive spirit for some extra fun! 

6. Unplug from all devices and just be together with each other like old times

Remember back in the day when cell phones didn’t exist? Sometimes I feel things were less complicated back then. Switch off all your devices and just spend time chatting with each other.

7. Wish Bowl

You could write your dreams or things you have in your bucket list on a piece of paper, fold it & place it in a bowl. Mix them up and then open them one by one. Read it aloud and decide what you would like to do in the coming year.

8. Get Creative

Unleash your creativity – paint a canvas together or decorate a coffee mug for each other.

9. Gaze at the Stars and share your Future Plans

Sit in your backyard or your patio and share your future plans with each other while gazing at the stars.

10. Take a fancy Bubble Bath

When was the last time you had a fancy bubble bath together? For those of you that answered – “umm, I can’t even remember” – this one is for you.

Now you might be like –  who has time for that?? Well, I know what you’re saying and I totally get it. But surely you can spare 20 minutes of your time on a weekend. A bubble bath will not only help you to relax and ease your stress, but it will also help you to connect with your partner.

So these were some of the fun and affordable ways that you can have fun with your partner on a date night in. Do you have any ideas for spending some quality time with your partner at home? I would love to know.

Also, if you are a ShopRite shopper, don’t forget to take advantage of this awesome deal with your Price Plus card.

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    October 20, 2017

    Love these sweet ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nicole Elliott ~ Client

    October 20, 2017

    We love at home dates, too! So much easier and inexpensive and still can be super special and fun!

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    Erika Kind

    October 20, 2017

    Very lovely tips, Shamira!

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    Rhonda Sittig

    October 21, 2017

    Great ideas– I love the idea of the “wish bowl”– I know a few things I’d like to throw in. And I agree this time of year can get a little crazy. Hope all’s going well with you! xox

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      October 21, 2017

      I love that idea too, Rhonda. I’m glad you liked it 🙂 Have a wonderful week ahead. xoxo

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        Rhonda Sittig

        October 23, 2017

        Thanks! I will have the best week– going up to San Francisco to stay with our kids!! Love reading your posts… xox

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    Alok Singhal

    October 21, 2017

    These are amazing tips. I would add one more – of getting dirty with some skinny lingerie ?

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      October 21, 2017

      Hahaa that’s a good one, Alok 😀 How did I miss that?!

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        Alok Singhal

        October 21, 2017

        ☺️ Actually, that should top the list. There is nothing quite like getting full-on with the mood and getting cheap in the act.

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