For the couples who have already been together for years, you may be jaded by the idea of having a fancy dinner date time and time again.

Do you know that there are a lot of ways to take sweep your partner off their feet even when you’re on a budget?

Dating your loved one doesn’t have to be expensively glamorous. So long as you enjoy each other’s love and company, even ordinary activities can turn into a romantic bonding together. Here are 10 simple date ideas for couples on a budget.

1. Visit a Museum

Cost: Php 0.00-200.00

For the history buffs, stroll around and have a sweet conversation with your loved one in a museum. Museums are often a quiet place perfect for a sensible conversation with your lover.

There are also a lot of instagram-worthy moments that you two can take advantage of.

  • National Museum of the Philippines

1000 Padre Burgos Ave. Ermita, Manila, Metro Manila
Free admission

Check out the Arts gallery of NMP where you’d see beautiful paintings, sketches, murals, paintings and a lot more!

  • Pinto Art Museum

1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, Rizal
Entrance Fee: 180.00

This museum is unique in every way. It looks like a Santorini house adorned with wonderful artworks. The place is so romantic and has become a raved-about place for pre-nup photoshoot.

2. Movie date at Cinematheque Manila

Cost: Php 100.00-200.00

Movie date is a staple choice for lovers, but there are times when it can get too predictable and unromantic. Good to know, you can spruce up your movie date by going to art cinemas like Cinematheque Manila. It screens only the best of Philippine cinema and seasonally includes foreign films. The Cinematheque Manila also houses a film museum and a café.

3. Laugh together at a Comedy Bar

Cost: Php 200.00 – 300.00

Find stress relief and just enjoy the night at a comedy bar near you. For the music lovers, you can even join an open mic to make the night more memorable while showcasing your musical prowess.

  • Sitcom Live!

2 Real Street Corner Dona Manuela Avenue , Las Pinas

Sitcom is a wholesome place for a good music and comedy night. The performers don’t pick much on the audience but show real wit to give you a hard laugh.

  • Zirkoh or Klownz

88, Tomas Morato Avenue, corner Sct. Lozano Street, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila | Sunshine Blvd. Plaza, Scout Santiago St. corner, Quezon Ave, Quezon City, Metro Manila

If you want to find veteran comedians in the industry and watch standup greats like Boobay, Ate Gay, Philipp Lazaro, and K Brosas, Zirkoh is the place to go.

4. Enjoy a budget Homemade Feast

If you can’t throw a candle light dinner with sumptuous menu, why not call your barkada for a potluck dinner and celebrate a double or triple date with the special people in your lives. This is especially a good choice for young couples who are still on the getting-to-know stage of their relationship and want to spend a fun night sharing good food and conversations.

5. Bike around a Nature Park and Share breakfast together

Complete your fitness resolution together. This is a good way to bond while communing with nature and sweating it out. You can even plan a cycling route in out of town places for the extra challenge and fun!

6. Cook or bake together

Have yourself a sweet or indulging little project by cooking a dinner or baking some cookies together. It is a fun moment to enjoy and indulge in your creation. Do this sweet bonding activity before a candle light dinner or a movie night.

7. Engage in Volunteer works

Make your date more meaningful by engaging in charitable acts. There are a lot of community projects where you can volunteer together. It is also a good way to sort out your differences and share the cause you care about with your partner.

8. Do a Photowalk and Fill your Instagram together with romantic shots

Find adventure with your special someone by going to places that you’ve never been to for a photoshoot. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional photographer or not, as long as you know how to point & shoot a camera and share your photos online. Fabulous date ideas include a bike or stroll around Intramuros to find old houses and other curios. Other choices are Escolta and Binondo Manila, La Mesa Park, and UP Diliman.

9. Learn something new

Have you always wanted to learn a foreign language? Or maybe learn how to bake or do calligraphy or woodwork? Learning is more fun if you do it with your partner. TESDA is a one stop place for learning practical arts and foreign language for as low as Php 150.00. Check their tuition fees here.

10. Explore each other’s hometown

Want to learn more about each other? Why not visit each other’s hometown? Take your partner for a tour so you can also introduce him or her to your relatives and childhood friends. Provincial rates and prices are not as expensive as in the city so a fabulous date night won’t be too expensive. When in luck, you may even snatch sumptuous foods and traditional delicacies for free–courtesy of your hospitable relatives!

Do you have any Valentine’s date ideas in mind? Share us yours by commenting below.