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3 Date Ideas Beginning with Z

3 Date Ideas Beginning with Z

Omigosh guys… You made it! Congratulations, really. If you have done an entire alphabet worth of date ideas with your partner, you are amazing. Stop and give each other a literal pat on the back, or maybe a fist bump: Without further ado, I present to you the last letter of the date night alphabet… [...]

3 Date Ideas Beginning with Y

3 Date Ideas Beginning with Y

You’re nearly there, daters! How exciting! This letter doesn’t yield (ha) many great ideas, though we’d love to hear any you might have to add. Here are 3 Date Ideas Beginning with the letter Y for you to use in your ABC Dating Challenge. Yoga There are so many different types of yoga you can [...]

3 Sexy Date Ideas Beginning with X

3 Sexy Date Ideas Beginning with X

Oooh X and its crafty ways. There aren’t a lot of date ideas you can shoehorn into this letter but you can get creative with these letters that don’t give you much. And if anyone else has some genius ideas, we’d love to hear them!

A Simple Date Idea

A Simple Date Idea

Simple and Easy Date Night.
This is so simple it’s stupid! Don’t read any further because you are running the risk of allowing the following three letters come out of your mouth in succession: d.e.r.

There are times where Emma and I just don’t want to go out. Pfft, date night – who can be bothered? So, staying at home it is, and what could be easier than doing it at home with a good old fashioned “themed” cook up. Our theme of choice, Mexican!
It’s nothing fancy, it’s not difficult and it’s a whole lot of fun! This is what we did.

9 Wonderful Date Ideas Beginning with W

9 Wonderful Date Ideas Beginning with W

Wonderful date ideas that start with the letter W. These posts are specifically created as inspiration for our daters who are taking on the ABC Dating challenge, but really it’s just a list of damn good date ideas.

9 Vivacious Date Ideas Beginning with V

9 Vivacious Date Ideas Beginning with V

Date Night is about getting creative. Take a look at these 9 date ideas starting with V!

6 Date Ideas Beginning with U

6 Date Ideas Beginning with U

U is one of those tricky letters you have to be a bit clever with! Here are six date ideas I could muster up to get you thinking. We’d love to hear yours! USA Cuisine Classic American-style diners aren’t everywhere here in Australia. So it’s a novelty when you find one – usually still stuck [...]

10 Terrific Date Ideas Beginning with T

10 Terrific Date Ideas Beginning with T

Ten Pin Bowling Oooh, it’s an oldie but a goodie. This is the very first date Den and I went on when we kicked off $30 Date Night. Sure, it’s cheesy. Sure, the shoes are ugly. But you know what? It’s a heap of fun, it gets you active, you can pig out on fries [...]

Ideas: Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Ideas: Valentine’s Day on a Budget

I love Valentine’s Day. I love it because the way Den and I celebrate it resonates perfectly with who we are. We don’t make a big deal and spend hundreds of dollars on the one night of the year every other couple is out as well. There’s no pressure for fancy restaurants or armfuls of [...]

10 Sensational Date Ideas Beginning with S

10 Sensational Date Ideas Beginning with S

S is such an easy letter in Alphabet Dating. There are so many super things to do that start with ‘S’ that I thought I should give you a bumper edition of date night ideas here. From the sexy to the romantic to the just plain good fun, here are my top ten date ideas [...]

Do You Need a Backup Date Idea?

Do You Need a Backup Date Idea?

ooooo-kay… so I scrapped my first draft of our chicken parma date idea. It was written, complete and ready to go live, but in essence my review sucked because the date sucked! Which opened up the question…

Add Some Sizzle to Your Night with a Backyard Barbecue

Add Some Sizzle to Your Night with a Backyard Barbecue

Sometimes, the most romantic evenings are the ones you spend at home. In fact, planning a romantic backyard barbecue is a great way to share a special night together that can be even more meaningful than any fancy restaurant escapade. Set The Mood Take a few steps to set the mood. Hunt down a nice [...]

What the Eyes Don’t See

What the Eyes Don’t See

HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR CITY? I thought I knew Melbourne like the back of my hand, living in the CBD for more than 5 years I knew every nook and alley way that the city had to offer. What I didn’t know was the stories behind the streets I knew so well.

6 Rad Date Ideas Beginning with R

6 Rad Date Ideas Beginning with R

If you’ve made it this far in an ABC Dating Challenge, then congratulations to you! It’s not always easy to complete these things. The important part is, when you fall off the date night horse you just need to pick yourself up and book your next date in, even if weeks have elapsed in between. [...]

Oasis Bakery Melbourne

Oasis Bakery Melbourne

My favourite date ideas are the ones that take me to new places for new experiences. Sure, I love a romantic setting just as much as the next person but I’d gladly pass it up to experience something I’ve never had before.

Oyster Hour at Mezzo Bar

Oyster Hour at Mezzo Bar

Pro: Mezzo Bar / Mid April (Australian Fall) Picturesque = a wonderful space, outside, summer breeze yet leaves falling in the top end of little bourke street, Melbourne of course.

Con: The date lasted approximately 45minutes – because we only spent $30!

Something Simple

Something Simple

We’re up to the final letter in our ABC’s of dating, it’s the Z date! I’ve been wanting to take Emma to a Zen Meditation group. Meditation as a couple doesn’t get highly rated on $30 Date Night – nor should it… it sounds terrible!!! Which is exactly why I want to do it!

50% off Couples Massage Courses

Over the weekend Emma and I presented another of our increasingly popular Couples Massage Courses. 80 people walked through the door – our biggest number to attend a day thus far. I always love watching couples enter the room shy and completely unsure what to expect. My ice breaker usually involves some form of uncomfortable [...]

5 Perfect Date Ideas Beginning with P

5 Perfect Date Ideas Beginning with P

10 more dates to go and we’ve finished the alphabet! Here is my pick of the P Date Ideas for you. How’s your alphabet dating going? Have I missed any good P ones we should know about? Pack a Picnic A classic! Take a fully-stocked picnic basket to a patch of green near you and [...]

5 Outstanding Date Ideas Beginning with O

Orienteering To be honest, a week ago I didn’t even really get what Orienteering was. Well, I knew it involved co-ordinates and maps and things like that… and I have vague memories of a compass and a girl guide uniform in my childhood… But we did do some orienteering of our own this week for [...]

6 Nifty Date Ideas Beginning with N

6 Nifty Date Ideas Beginning with N

Okay this is one of those ones where we draw a few long bows and you tolerate it happily… and if you have any great N date ideas then hand ‘em over! We desperately need some! Night Walks I remember when I was little we went with my Girl Guide troupe on a night walk [...]

5 Marvellous Date Ideas Beginning with M

Museum Date Soak in some culture and history at a museum – a great way to spend an afternoon together and enrich your beings all at once. Go for your city’s flagship museum or find an off-beat, quirky little niche museum… there are thousands of these all over the world, we bet there’s some in [...]

5 Lovely Date Ideas Beginning With L

Love Conversation Starters These adorable little cards from Kikki-K are one of our favourite things for couples. Full of fun little questions for you to quiz each other on, it’s a great activity to do while on a picnic, and most especially if you’ve been seeing each other for some time. It’s likely you’ll discover [...]

4 Kooky Date Ideas Beginning with K

Our K-date was kind of dismal this week… but more about that later. In the meantime, here are four K date ideas for those playing along at home! Fly a Kite Let’s go fly a kite… up to the highest heights! I’ve had that song stuck in my head all week. Pick a clear, sunny [...]

5 Great Date Ideas Beginning with J

Jigsaw Puzzle On a rainy afternoon, settle in with one of those huge 500-piece jigsaw puzzles and some hot chocolate and yummy snacks. It’s a great way to spend a miserable day together. Jump Yourself Silly Ever seen one of those trampoline parks? They have indoor and outdoor ones, it’s basically Olympic-sized trampolines all set [...]

The 5 Best Date Ideas Beginning with I

Welcome to I week of ABC Dating. Here is the compiled list of I date ideas, for those of you who are playing along with our alphabet dating game at home. Ice Hockey Go see an ice hockey match! The sport has become more popular in recent years. Even our hometown of Melbourne has a [...]

5 Hot Date Ideas Beginning with H

Oooh… H is one of those tricky ones we keep coming across! These five Happy Date Ideas were the only ones I could come up with, but I know you clever little things will be able to offer some more great ideas to me as well. Hedge Maze Get lost in a hedge maze together. [...]

7 Great Date Ideas Beginning with G

G is for Green Date Ideas Which we already discussed awhile ago. Click this link to see our Gorgeously Green Date Ideas list, compiled for us by Cate and Chris at GreenRenters.org G is for Games Like, board games. And such. Either hold a game night at home for the two of you or tuck [...]

5 Gorgeously Green Date Ideas

We’re up to week ‘G’ and in addition to the list of date ideas beginning with ‘G’ I’ll be posting later (when I’ve written it!), the wonderful Cate and Chris from Green Renters have guested today’s post, giving us five great, green, sustainable date ideas for you to try! Challenge yourself to a month’s worth [...]

9 Fabulous Date Ideas Beginning with F

F is for Ferris Wheel Ah, the romance of being trapped in a small, swinging compartment with the love of your life, your lips all sticky from fairy floss as you gaze out at the view. This could either be very romantic, or in the case of people like Den – absolutely terrifying. Try and [...]

6 Exciting Date Ideas Beginning with E

Ooh – we knew there’d be some sticky letters on this Alphabet Dating business of ours… but I didn’t expect one so soon! And to be honest, I was hoping Den would get stuck with them. X, for example, will be a killer. O might be a bit difficult. But they’re weeks away yet. Let’s [...]

5 Date Ideas Beginning with D

Well we’re up to week D and Den seems to be stuck on what to do. So I’m posting this not least to give him some ideas of where to take me for date night this week! Stay tuned for our date review of whatever this particular alphabet date will end up being. D is [...]

9 Creative Date Ideas Beginning with C

C is for Casino Ever played roulette? No? Perfect. Set a budget for your date night (it’s no secret we like ye olde faithful $30 limit) and head to a low-betting table at a casino to learn the ways of roulette and (hopefully!) win some money. If you pick a table where there are no [...]

Unleash Your Inner Bunny!

Happy Easter, Lovers! It’s going to be a fun weekend… if you’re feeling like doing something sweet for your sweetheart then send them on a personalised Easter Egg hunt! Imagine the look on their face when they wake up in the morning to find the house strewn with chocolate eggs! Or send them into the [...]

Alphabet Dating: 10 Date Ideas Beginning with B

B is for Breakfast (or Brunch) The perfect date if there’s just not enough time in your week or you suddenly find all your nights booked up. Get up a little early and have breakfast with your sweetheart, whether you take them out or cook for them in bed is up to you! B is [...]

Alphabet Dating: 9 Date Ideas Beginning with A

So to support you (and us) through an Alphabet Dating adventure, we are going to publish a list of date ideas each week that start with our Letter of the Week (Sesame Street, we’re coming after you!) If you’re thinking of Alphabet Dating, now’s a great time to start. You can check back in every [...]

Alphabet Dating

Well, we felt we needed even more structure than usual this year – and to be honest, a new dating challenge. When we have SO MANY date ideas to choose from on our little date night generator, it can get a bit hard to decide what to do next. The ABC Dating trend has been [...]

Top 5 (Non-Soppy) Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

The commercialism of Valentine’s Day seems to be grating on everyone’s nerves this year. And it’s not just singles that are hating Valentine’s Day. Couples everywhere that I speak to are vehement. “Bloody Hallmark”… “Overpriced Flowers”… “Don’t tell me when to be romantic towards my wife” You know what everyone? Get over it. It’s VALENTINE’S [...]

The ‘Top 10′ Date Lists Collection!

If we had a popularity contest for our blog posts, these would be the winners, so I decided to make especially for you… Our Top 10 Date Lists Collection! Well… not all of them are Top 10s as such, but you get what I mean. A quick glance at our most looked-at posts from 2009 [...]

Mystery Date Box Idea!

This great, inspirational dating idea was submitted by Kirsty, one of our users over at $30 Date Night – I thought we should share it with you here! “Combine all your favourite date ideas and put them in a box! My partner and I have created the ‘Mystery Date Box’ – Each fortnight we pull [...]

20 Festive Christmas Date Ideas

The rush of the festive season can leave you and your sweetie feeling a little short of time… don’t quit on your weekly date nights amidst all the chaos. Here are more than enough Christmas-themed date ideas to keep you going through the festive season! 1. Go get your tree! 2. Make Eggnog 3. Decorate [...]

Guest Post: $30 Cake Night

This deliciously decadent guest post comes to you from the divine Jess Pryles of Sugadeaux Cupcakes. You can find her on Twitter @sugadeaux or visit her mouthwatering website here… While we’re all still shaking off the winter blues, sometimes a great date can be spent as a night in. With chocolate. And cake. How can [...]

Table for One?

With Den away all week, I’ve had plenty of time to be alone, indulge in all that Secret Single behavior without having to lock doors and such… last night, I even took MYSELF on a date night. Alone. I was watching the lovely Mia Freedman and a panel of mothers on 9am yesterday morning talking [...]

5 Fresh Date Ideas for the Mornings

Sometimes (like last week!) the only time you can find for a date night with each other during a hectic week is a sliver of time of a morning… whether it’s a few hours on a weekend or stealing time before you go to work, here are a few morning date ideas that may appeal [...]

6 Other Ways You Can Hang Out With Your Sweetie

Date night isn’t the only way to spend time with your sweetheart! We give you 6 more great ways to make sure you get some quality time together instead of getting caught up in the humdrum of daily life. These six ideas are great if you find yourselves pressed for finding time. 1. Do the [...]

7 of the Most Romantic Date Ideas Ever

Swoon. Candlelight, soft music, long-stemmed roses and tummy-butterflies… every couple needs romance in their lives at some point. Not all of our date ideas at ThirtyDollarDateNight.com are the most romantic (some are fun, some are silly and some are downright cheesy!) but the ones that ramp up the romance factor ALWAYS seem to be appreciated… [...]

Happy Birthday to US! The Best of $30 Date Night.

Happy Birthday to US! The Best of $30 Date Night.

I have to say, I’m a little fuzzy and happy right this second! I JUST realized that we posted our first blog entry one year ago today… Happy Birthday to us! So, at one year old, we’re still toddling around finding our feet, but so happy to report that we are looking forward a much [...]

5 Ways to Do Something New With Your Sweetie

Here at $30 Date Night, we work from the philosophy that doing new things with your sweetheart sparks the same brain chemistry as when you first fell in love. This is why we suggest date night – doing something new every week will keep your loved-up and giddy! Quite literally speaking, when you do something [...]

7 Completely Free Date Ideas

We notice that on our $30 Date Night site, our Free Date Ideas page has become rather popular all of a sudden! Well, what our people want, our people get. Here’s our choice for top ten free date ideas you and your sweetie can do together! Recommended for long-term couples to indulge in when they’d [...]

5 Worthy Date Ideas That Give Something Back

Here are five date ideas that don’t rate all that well on our $30 Date Night voting system. True, they’re not the most romantic of ideas – and we are certainly not suggesting you necessarily use them in your early courting phase! But if you are one half of a committed couple that knows each [...]