Because fancy dinners and costly ticket prices all add up, here's the ultimate guide to dating on a real-person budget. These 20 cheap date night ideas will help you have loads of fun without blowing your budget! They're all $20 or less and many of the date ideas are totally free. 98 Cheap Date Ideas 1. Play in the snow, build a snow man, then drink cocoa. 2. Go to a community play, a dress rehearsal, high school or college play. 3.