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The largest collection of cheap date ideas on the net

Welcome to $30 Date Night, home to the largest collection of cheap date ideas on the web. Every date night you see on this site clocks in at the $30 mark - and yes, that's for two!

We believe you don't have to spend a lot of money to have a great time. And we also believe that a regular date night is important for every relationship, no matter how long you've been together - or how new your relationship is.

There are literally thousands of date ideas available on this website and it's completely free to browse them. Click the big red button above for quick, random date ideas! Or search for date ideas by category, find local hot date spots in your own city and check out our top five and top ten articles featuring our picks of the best date ideas included on our database.

This site is run by real life couple Denis and Emma Merkas. Because we date each other regularly, we know how much commitment it takes to keep it up and we have devised some strategies and products to make your date nights so much better. If you want to start dating in your own relationship but you're not quite sure how to go about it, check out this article with tips on how to do date night right.

We are adding more and more date ideas to this website as quickly as we can, and we'd love your help on it! You can add your own date ideas here.

Finally, we also blog regularly with date night reviews, relationship advice, huge date idea lists and more.

You'll get the most out of this website by signing up for a free account. Your account allows you to save your favourite date ideas for later, so you can find them again when you need them.

With the sheer volume of date ideas available, not all of them will appeal to you but we can guarantee you'll find something you love! $30 Date Night. Build Your Love Story.


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It All Started With a Massage…

I still remember the first massage Denis gave me. We were good friends at the time. Sure, we’d flirted a little but nothing more. “I’m writing a couples massage course,” he told me. “I need someone to try these techniques out on.” What a line, right? Certainly more appealing than: “Do you want to come [...]

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Why You Should Make Out. Like, Now.

I don’t know about you, but I love to kiss. I could happily make out for hours and hours – though, it’s been years since that happened. We just don’t kiss enough as we get older. Remember the hot and heavy sessions you had as a teenager? Too naïve to go any further, you’d simply [...]

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Grand Designs Live: $30 Date Night Deal

We said we’d never renovate. Who the hell were we kidding? Years ago, when Den and I were ensconced in our cozy, new high rise CBD apartment (renting, of course) we saw friends who had bought their own places going through renovation hell. The arguments, the fatigue, the dust… We, we smugly affirmed to each [...]

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Can You Be in Love With Two People at Once?

“How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…” Forget Browning and all her permutations of love. What about counting the amount of people you can love all at once? Whatever number that is, surely it can’t take more than the fingers on one hand to sum them up (?). Is it possible to [...]

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The Three Stages of Love: A Transcript

This is an adapted copy of a speech I gave the other night at my Toastmasters club on the three stages of love. How do you measure love? It’s a tough question, isn’t it? Love is not something you can see, something you can pin down. Love and science aren’t two things we see in [...]

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Listen: The Bash Radio Show

If you missed it, last Thursday night I did a segment on The Bash Radio Show on North West FM with host/actor/man about town extraordinaire James Liotta, talking all about first dates. Specifically… Are first dates dead? What should one do on a first date? What should one not do on a first date? Do [...]

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  • A Double Date Night at Hanoi Hannah
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A Double Date Night at Hanoi Hannah

We have been meaning to eat at Hanoi Hannah for ages, but the waits are always long and to be honest, we just haven’t gotten around to it. But when our awesome friends Cheryl and Tim suggested it for a double lunch date one day, I was on board immediately!


The creators of $30 Date Night make it a habit to regularly date each other. Use their experiences to sift through the good, bad and ugly date ideas and find out the top date ideas and make them work for you!

Meet Emma and Denis - the creators of $30 Date Night

Denis and Emma Merkas
About Emma &Denis Merkas

$30 Date Night is the largest collection of cheap date ideas available on the web.

We believe that putting effort into your relationship needn’t be expensive, overly time-consuming or unrealistic.  

John Doe
4 steps to a better relationship +how to use this site:

1. Schedule a regular date night

2. Take it in turns to be the date night organiser

3. When date night rolls around, make a big deal of it.

4. Get involved!