40 Cheap Date Ideas for Couples on a Budget . Karaoke is a *guaranteed* fun night, even if you can't hold a note to save your life. Stick to. If you are like most couples, you love romance. The problem is that date nights tend to get expensive. When you're in the middle of saving for a down payment. Author Chrissy Stockton shares with us 50 cheap date ideas. 1. Bowling is always a fun night out, and if you go during the week you can find somewhere to do it super cheap. Outdoor rinks in the winter are so romantic and beautiful.