Fall in Love on a Budget: 10 Affordable Date Ideas for the Fall Season!

Fall is a beautiful and romantic time of year, with its changing leaves, crisp air, and cozy vibes. Here are some ideas for romantic (and cheap!) fall dates with your partner. Sometimes the best things in life can be enjoyed on a budget!

Leaf Peeping

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Grab your favorite hot beverage and take a scenic drive through the countryside to admire the fall foliage. Find a place to park the car and go for a walk, hearing the fall leaves crunch under your feet while you hold hands.

Bake Together

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Go apple picking at a local orchard and then make a delicious homemade pie together. Spending time together in the kitchen is relaxing and helps you connect with your creativity as a couple.

Corn Maze

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How about a visit to a local corn maze? Get lost together and try to find your way out! Look for an evening haunted hayride together for some spooky fun. Don’t forget to grab some cider and donuts for a delicious snack later.

Roast Marshmallows

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Have a bonfire and make s’mores. Roast marshmallows, tell stories, and cuddle up under the stars.

Haunted House

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Visit a haunted house or walk through your neighborhood, checking out the scary decorations. Get your adrenaline pumping and scream together! Dress up in costume for extra drama!

Cuddle Up

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Cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie or TV show. This is a great way to relax and spend time together. It’s okay to just sit quietly with your eyes closed, enjoying being close to your special person.

Rent E-Bikes

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Plan a bike riding date! E-bikes are a great way to enjoy a longer bike ride but not feel too challenged by the distance or hilly path. Most larger cities have a location to rent E-bikes, go ahead and try something new together.

Farmers Market

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Go to a local Farmers Market and pick up inexpensive pumpkins, cornstalks, and gourds to decorate for fall.

Scary Movie Night

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Time for a scary movie ya’ll! Popcorn, drinks, and cozy blankets are a must!

Sample Seasonal Drinks

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Visit a local brewery or winery and sample some seasonal drinks. Don’t forget to check out the seasonal drink menu at your local coffee shop!

No matter what you choose to do, make sure to put some thought into planning your date. Focus on spending quality time together and making lifetime memories. Be sure to spend time talking and connecting with your partner. Fall is a great time to slow down and appreciate each other!


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Melane Ann is a writer, blogger, and life coach. In 2020, she turned her experience in midlife divorce and creating a new life for herself into midlifeismagical. With a master's in Marriage and Family Therapy, Melane focuses on helping women over 50 navigate their relationships and commit to healthy aging. She and her new husband share 7 children between them. Melane jokes that she has a black belt in blended families! In addition to her writing, Melane works virtually with her coaching clients from her home office.

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