Pattern Project: Date Jar – and Ideas!


The boy and I have been living together for about 3 months now, and since we are both partially unemployed we have a lot of days where we want to tear off each other’s heads don’t have much to do. You can only binge watch so many Netflix shows before you need something else to do, but how to answer the age old question – what do you want to do today?

Enter the Date Jar! This is far from an original idea and so I hesitate to call it a DIY, but it was inspired by multiple Pinterest posts. My jar took less than 5 dollars to make after purchasing all the supplies at the 99 cent store, and it took about an hour to write out all the ideas. Use colored popsicle sticks if you want to code your activities;  since we are low on cash right now we color coded for at home, free (or almost), middling, and pricey. You can also color the tops of the sticks to do the same thing!


The real trick with this DIY is not making the jar however, but coming up with the ideas! likely you have some of your own, like things you already love to do together, things you’ve been meaning to do, or activities specific to your area. Everyone needs a little inspiration however, so I’ve compiled some good lists here:

50 Things to Do Together (Other Than Watch a Movie)
50 More Things to Do Together (Other Than Watch a Movie)
Unusual Date Ideas (These are weird, but I love some of them!)
121 Things to Do Today (Other Than Spending Money)
30 Cheap and Awesome Date Ideas Under $30
50 Best Cheap Date Ideas
25 Free Date Ideas That Don’t Suck
32 Stay at Home Date Ideas
100 Cheap Date Ideas
50 Fabulous Outdoor Date Ideas

Those are just my favorites – about a million more can be found by searching “date ideas’ on Pinterest, including loads of great date jars since I couldn’t possibly do something totally original! If you’re young and broke take a look! You’d be surprised how much fun you can have with just a little money.

The apartment improvements have taken a short backseat after discovering our A/C unit was broken and had to be replaced, a not so cheap affair. But with the boy getting more freelance work everyday and me applying to literally 50 jobs a week, something is bound to work out soon! All the trials and tribulations of being a young person.

If you guys have any other date idea links you love, feel free to share and I’ll add them to the list!  And while you’re busy having fun in the world, remember:


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