Date nights can put a major hole in your wallet before the clock hits 7pm. By the time you have dinner, drinks, do a fun activity, and take an Uber home, you’ve spent 3 times more than you planned.

It happens…you’re having a good time and the thought of responsibilities, bills, and bank statements escape you for a couple hours. Take a break from your normal date routine and try cooking a delicious meal with your partner. These dinners will cost you only $10 or less and are sure to make your partner, and your wallet, very happy.

Mushroom Garlic Spaghetti by The Kitchn

A simple dish that will bring a fancy italian restaurant to your very own kitchen. Most ingredients in this recipe you are likely to already have in your pantry. Vegetables and boxed pasta are some of the least expensive items in the grocery store making it the perfect cheap date night meal!

Teriyaki Shrimp and Rice by Budget Bytes

Don’t lie, we all have those hankering cravings for our favorite takeout restaurant. The problem is that a hungry person on the phone with someone who will deliver food straight to their door is an overspending nightmare waiting to happen. This date night recipe is a total of $6 and will satisfy all your late night takeout cravings!

Kale Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpeas by Minimalist Baker

If you are a health conscious couple, then this is the perfect dinner for you. There is a common misconception that healthy food is expensive and this recipe puts the non-believers to shame. This kale salad is tossed in a vegan caesar dressing topped with crispy roasted chickpeas making it a hearty meal you both will enjoy.

Cheesy Zucchini Roll-Ups by The Kitchn

This zucchini dish is as figure friendly as it is wallet friendly. Vegetarian dishes are the best to eat when on a strict grocery budget. Meat tends to be the most expensive item on your list of things to get at the store. These zucchini roll ups are a take on the classic lasagna roll ups we know and love with frugal swaps that will make your wallet happy.

Ravioli With Sage Brown Butter Sauce by Budget Bytes

This recipe is a total of $4.87! You can’t go wrong with perfectly cooked ravioli doused in a brown butter sauce for the perfect date night meal. All you need is a cheap bottle of wine, some candles, and you are ready for the perfect night in.

Carrot Cake for Two by Budget Bytes

No date night dinner is complete without a sweet treat to top it all off. Swap out the $15 creme brulee for these personal carrot cakes that will only cost your $1.30! Yes, you read that correctly. You can have a noteworthy dessert for a dollar and change to top off your delicious date night dinner.


Date night dinners don’t have to put a hole in your wallet. With these delicious dinners you can have a romantic evening without stressing about the cost. Next, try out these free date night ideas for a spendless evening!