I think everyone is feeling the pinch of our challenged economy, right? Are those expensive dinner dates more than your budget will allow?
When the cash flow a bit tight you can still enjoy a great date – All it takes is a little imagination.
Here are a some cheap date ideas to get you started –
Take a hike or go for a walk. Regardless of season – the best way to get to know someone is to go for a ‘walk and talk’. At the end of your walk, you can always stop into a local cafe or coffee shop if you’re both interested in talking more.
Play a game. Nothing ‘spells’ fun like Scrabble! Maybe a deck of cards and while away an afternoon or evening playing games together. You can learn a lot about a person by watching how they react to winning or losing a simple game.
Do a wine tour. Check around for local wineries, consider doing a tour. Most wineries offer free tastings and you might discover a cheap local vintage that you both particularly enjoy.
Attend a book reading. Authors promoting their latest book will sometimes travel from city to city giving readings at local bookstores or libraries. Dates will be posted in the store or you can make a quick call to find out when one might be held.
See a play. Local theater productions in smaller venues often cost very little per ticket and they’re almost always great! Check out some local undiscovered talent!
Have a cook-in. If you enjoy cooking, or would you like to learn? Get together with your date, pick a recipe and get cooking! Cooking together will be fun and much less stressful than if you’re doing it all yourself.
Free concerts. Many cities and large towns host musical functions in their on weekends during the warmer weather. Check the newspaper for free concerts playing in your area.
Visit a museum or art gallery. Many museums and art galleries have discounted fees and even free days on occasion. Let your fingers do the walking through the yellow pages. Call ahead to find out when they are held, then go and soak up some local culture.
Volunteer. Is there a local charity or sporting event taking place near you? Look into volunteering to help them out for the day. Not only will you have fun and meet new people, but you’ll feel really good for having made the special effort too.