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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RMN = Retail Me Not
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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If you are trying to stick to a budget and live frugally, having a regular date night might feel out of reach financially. When you take into account getting a babysitter (if you have kids), plus a meal out and maybe even dessert, it can really add up.

Over the years my husband and I have found the joys of doing at-home date nights and cooking something in our kitchen. Not only is this MUCH cheaper than eating at a restaurant, but we can pick whatever we want, and then we get to eat it in our comfy clothes at home while streaming movie (here are some movie ideas!).

I’ve come up with 20 frugal date night meal ideas. Some are more complicated than others, but all of them feel “fancy” and will taste delicious. Pair these meals with a salad kit or some roasted veggies and grab ice cream for dessert.

20 Frugal Date Night Meal Ideas

Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp | Cafe Delites

Mushroom Risotto | Love and Lemons

Chicken and Sausage in Garlic Cream Sauce | Southern Savers

Pan Cooked Salmon with Lemon Butter Sauce | Southern Savers

Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts | Well Plated

Garlic Butter Steak Bites | Jo Cooks

Lobster Scampi with Linguine | Cooking for Keeps

Lemon Asparagus Pasta with Grilled Chicken | Dinner at the Zoo

Ratatouille | Once Upon a Chef

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Macaroni | Good Housekeeping

Pesto Grilled Chicken | Mel’s Kitchen Cafe

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms | Jo Cooks

Coq au Vin Blanc | Vikalinka

Beef Bourguignon | Cafe Delites

Steak au Poivre | Food and Wine

Mushroom Spinach Pasta with Shallots | Family Style Food

Pan-Seared Scallops with Lemon Butter | Once Upon a Chef

One Pot Roasted Red Pepper Pasta | Budget Bytes

Lemon Herb Roast Chicken | Minimalist Baker

Dijon Mustard Pork Chops | So Fab Food

If you want to connect with your spouse or partner without spending a lot, why not eat at home? Here are 20 frugal date night meal ideas!