Date Night on a Budget Blog

by on Feb 11th, 2019

Valentine’s day can be tough for students. Christmas and the New Year festivities were barely a month ago and as a student, disposable income is not always a luxury. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to save a few dollars and still have a good time out, or in, with your significant other.


If you are looking for a way to spend time with your partner, why not get (them) involved in the kitchen? Cooking together can be a fun way to start a romantic evening together. Try something new by getting out of your cooking comfort zone and going with it. It may not turn out but it’s a good way to spend some quality time.

If you don’t know where to start in a kitchen, options like Hello Fresh, Chef’s Plate and Goodfood are delivery services that send you a box with the recipe and all of the ingredients you will need to put together a tasty meal. Alternatively, the City of Edmonton and Sorrentino’s have cooking classes for individuals or couples. Learn the ins-and-outs of the kitchen from a professional chef. These courses can be anywhere from $50 to $200 per person (depending on how much food and wine is included), so they’re not exactly budget friendly, but if you can afford to do it then it will make for a pretty great memory.


Are you and your significant other looking to spend some time outside this Valentine’s season? Good news, you happen to be in one of the most beautiful winter cities in not only Canada, but the world.

Whether it’s Edmonton’s river valley, one of the many parks within, or outside of, the city limits, including Elk Island or Victoria park, there is always a beautiful scene to take in around you. If you want to get more out of your outdoor adventure, then there are plenty of outdoor events in Edmonton. For example, Ice Castles and the Silver Skate festival are all taking place in Hawrelak park over the week of Valentine’s day.


If getting active inside is more your speed, then there are plenty of options for you. Consider the gym, a trampoline park or just going out and shooting some pool, you and your partner will no doubt be able to find something you both enjoy. With countless indoor activities in Edmonton and more popping up every day, no matter your thing, you can find somewhere to do it in our city.

If you’d rather work your brain, then one suggestion might be one of the more than 10 escape rooms littered throughout the city which are just waiting for you to step inside and get a little lost. Escape rooms are an entertaining way to spend an hour and learn how you and your partner solve complex problems together.


If your vice is card games, video games or board games, then gaming is going to be a fun way to spend an evening with your significant other. It is important to remember that everyone likes different things so try and find a game that can bridge the gap for both of your interests.

Like video games? Then SAMU has a great blog with tons of suggestions and it’s just one hyperlink away! If board games and card games are your preference, there are a handful of board game cafés around Edmonton that have countless games on hand, perfect for finding your new favourite. Most charge either a flat or hourly rate to sit down and play, but the prices are reasonable and it’s a good way to kill a few hours, which might even turn into an entire day.


Adults only nights are becoming more popular across Edmonton. Whether it’s Soundwave at World Waterpark or Zoobrew at the Valley Zoo, there is an event at all points in the year to experience. Some Edmonton hot-spots have some dedicated adults only nights which vary from walking through the Muttart Conservatory every Wednesday for the Lightwalk, the semi-yearly Dark Matters events at the Telus World of Science. There are also art classes and yoga at the AGA which are adults only as well.

All of the adult only events are relatively affordable and are perfect for a romantic evening. However, around Valentine’s day these events tend to be busier so it’s better to get tickets, or arrive, early.


If you are looking for something to do with your significant other but don’t know where to start, then Go as a Group is a great place to start your search for the perfect evening. As a student, you can go to and sign up to save 10 to 51% on everything from donuts to windshield repair. If that doesn’t give you an idea of what kind of things you can find, there are a handful of restaurants and date ideas for the perfect Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s day aside, Go as a Group offers a handful of useful discounts for every day. Whether it’s Cineplex movie tickets or admissions to some of Edmonton’s local events, there is often something new being added to the service as well.