I stumbled upon this idea through. . . . something (it's hard to remember just where I've been anymore!) and I'm so glad I did. Shalee is hosting a wonderful event full of cheap date ideas.
As the semi-frugal person that I am, I have a few ideas that have worked for me over the years.
First one being a scavenger hunt. This is my favorite idea by far, not to mention insanely cheap. It's a great way to remember important events in your relationship that tend to get shoved into the back of your mind, especially once the kids start arriving. You can have him go to the first place you guys met, the location of your first date, where he proposed, your favorite breakfast spot, another personal spot just the two of you know about, just about anywhere can be a special place. My husband and I met online, so one of the places he had to stop was a computer store because if it wasn't for the computer, we wouldn't be where we are today. You can make the hunt as long as you want it to be. Just be creative.
. . . Oh, and make sure the ending is worth all the build-up. Whether it be a nice romantic dinner for two, a candle lit hotel room with take-out already there (because trust me, he will be hungry after hunting all day), or just back at home (my personal favorite) with a nice yummy candle lit meal prepared with candles lighting a path to the bathroom for a nice relaxing bath (men do enjoy bubble baths as well) and then on to the bedroom for some nice . . . . alone time.
The other idea I have is cheap for me since I live in Florida. Although as long as you have a cruise port nearby this idea would work for you as well. Often times, cruises offer a deal where they don't go anywhere, just out to sea for a night. This makes a great little get away. It's about the same cost as a hotel room, but you get so much more. First, you are on a cruise ship, dinner is usually included in the price, and they almost always have a special "dress-up" event planned, or at the very least a place to gamble.
For other awesome cheap date ideas (or if you have one of your own to share) head on over to Shalee's and get your fill there.