Best Coupons and Deals for Date Night

Find out how you can share date night coupons with your loved one.

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As summer turns to fall, most frugal shoppers are starting to think about holiday shopping. It’s that time of year when bargain-hunters begin looking for the best deals and steals for the gift-giving season, and when it comes to significant others, it can sometimes be hard to buy for them – particularly if you are trying to save money.

One innovative gift idea is to offer date-night coupons for occasions that won’t break the bank.

You can create a dozen personalized coupons using a free online service and then create a book with a cover and 12 pages. Glue a coupon to each of the 12 pages so your loved one has something to look forward to each month of the coming year.

You’re certainly welcome to customize your date night coupon book based on your significant other’s favorite activities and occasions, but the following can help give you some ideas of what you might want to include if you are stumped.

1. January: Ice Skating and Cocoa

The holidays are behind you, and so is the rush of putting up your decorations and then packing them away for the season. Now you can enjoy a relaxing date night, and what better way to unwind than by working off some energy by ice skating? You can hit the rink if you aren’t in a region with outdoor skating areas. Afterward, unwind with some cocoa or cappuccino back at home, where you can warm up by the fire.

2. February: Valentine’s Treasure Hunt

It’s the most romantic day of the year, so every restaurant in town will be packed with lovebirds enjoying dinner out. Switch things up by planning a Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. Leave notes throughout the house leading your loved one to the next clue, and at the end of the hunt, hide some massage oil so you can give him or her a relaxing back rub to cap off the evening.

3. March: Drive-In Movie Night

March is known for its tendency to produce copious amounts of rain, so your best bet for this month is to enjoy an indoor activity – but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in the house. Take your car over to the local drive-in theater and enjoy a movie from the comfort of your car. Usually you’ll pay by the carload, so if you make it a double-date, you’ll get an even better value. Bring snacks or even a meal to enjoy during your movie to save on concessions.

4. April: Take A Nature Hike

The chill of winter is likely behind you, and you can venture outside and enjoy the spring air. Head out on your local nature trail to get a glimpse of the newly-blooming flowers, collect items to make a spring wreath and take some photos of what nature has to offer.

5. May: At-Home Cooking Class

You and your loved one can take the opportunity to learn how to cook a new meal, whether it’s just a main course or you’re creating an entire experience from appetizers through dessert. Either record an episode of your favorite cooking show or bring up a YouTube video with an appealing recipe. Pick up the items ahead of time and get ready to learn how to make the dishes together!

6. June: Bike Tour

Take a self-directed bicycle tour of your town, visiting parts of the area that you’ve never seen before. Map out a plan ahead of time that will allow you to see some sights that you’ve always wanted to check out, and take your bikes on that planned route so you don’t miss anything. Bring a backpack with snacks and drinks so you can stop and recharge somewhere along the way.

7. July: Farm-to-Table Night

This is the perfect time of year to visit your local farmer’s market and pick up some produce, eggs, meat and other food items that are in season and local. Bring them home and make a dinner together using the local bounty you’ve purchased to create a true farm-to-table meal in your own kitchen.

8: August: Binge-Watch a Series

Escape summer’s heat with a TV series marathon. If you don’t have a Netflix account where you can stream a show, set up your DVR ahead of time to record a series you’ve both been wanting to watch.

Sit down together and get as far as you can through the series. Then plan another night (or two or three!) to finish off season one.

9. September: Learn a New Skill

September marks back-to-school season, so it’s the perfect time to put your student cap on and learn a new skill. Sit down together and figure out how to build a birdhouse, sew a pillow, pickle vegetables, play chess or some other skill you’ve both been interested in discovering.

10: October: Visit A Corn Maze

The object of a corn maze is to find your way to the end, but when it’s a date night activity, it's okay to stroll slowly — and even to get lost a few times! Bring a snack to enjoy as you wander the maze at your own leisurely pace.

11: November: Enjoy A Cold-Weather Picnic

Everyone goes out for a picnic in the spring, but a fall picnic can be invigorating! Bring along some hot drinks, some fried chicken or other entrée, some cookies for dessert and a bottle of wine. Enjoy the chill as you keep each other warm around your picnic blanket.

12: December: Have A Slide Show

It’s the end of the year — a perfect time to create a slide show featuring the photos you took during the year. Sit down with a bucket of popcorn and a few sodas, and watch a visual representation of all of the dates and other activities you enjoyed during the year.