You don’t have to spend a fortune in order to enjoy a date. There are many creative things that you can do that will cost you next to nothing. Some of the best dates are ones that are creative and inexpensive. The following is a list of 10 cheap fun dates.
Note: You don’t have to go on a date to enjoy these fun dates, you can go with friends, family or your significant other.
1. The Coffee Date
This scenario is only realistic for the initial date. Cafes are great for first dates as they’re casual and you’ll likely only be footing the bill for a couple of lattes and biscotti. I recommend going to coffee or tea shop that is unique, try to avoid going to Starbucks and choose a place your date has never been. Maybe someplace that is not as high traffic more cozy and quiet.
2. The Brunch Date
The brunch date is a natural extension of the coffee date and is accordingly best used on the first or second date. Usually, no alcohol is involved and because this date happens in the morning or early afternoon, there’s a high likelihood that she won’t think you have ulterior motives.
Personally I don’t care for buffets because I usually go for quality instead of quantity. Also, I find that conversation is much more difficult because you eat as soon at you get there. There is no wait and more interruption so the conversation flow is disrupted. Take my advice, stay away from buffets if you want good conversation.
3. The Hike or Bike Ride
If you’re really hard up, this may be your best bet. Granted, this is only a viable option if you live within close vicinity to a hiking trail (Sorry, I live in Hawaii). A walk through nature provides a wonderful opportunity to flirt with your date, enjoy the outdoors and show her you’re a versatile guy. Just make sure you know where your going or familiar with the trail. Getting lost and rescued my helicopter might now make the best impression. If a hiking trail is not in the cards, try renting a bike.
Don’t forget to pack enough water for the two of you. Also, bring sunscreen, bug spray and a camera.
4. The Art Museum
I’m going to get all “artsy fartsy” on you. Most art museums have one day of the week where entry is discounted or free. Take advantage of this opportunity to take your date out for some quality culture. Spend some time reading up on the current exhibits prior to your date. This way, you can at least maintain the facade that you have your finger on the pulse of the art world.
5. The Picnic
If you don’t live near a large body of water, a park will do. The key is to find a setting that has scenic vistas. A long drive will provide sufficient opportunity for you to connect with your date along the way. Only a few simple items are required to make your picnic basket impress: a halfway decent bottle of wine, some cheese, bread, and fresh fruit. “Go get um tiger”.
6. The Dinner Party
If you like to cook, pasta dinner, with salad and inexpensive wine, makes for a great budget dinner. Don’t forget to have candles on the table, for that romantic touch. Yes, it really is the little things.
I key here is to learn one or two dishes really well. Refine it and make it your own by making it a little different from the norm. Pasta is a great dish because everybody loves pasta even vegetarians and it is quick and easy to make. Check online for good recipes.
7. The Farmer’s Market or Street Fair
In most places in the U.S., you can find a farmer’s market or street fair at certain times of the year. These kinds of events provide an overabundance of visual stimuli and entertainment. You will likely find plenty of opportunities for conversation. Also, check your local newspaper for weekend events, if you live in a big city you should have no problem finding something interesting to do.
8. Knock ‘em Over?
This is not an obvious date option, but bowling with your girl can be the most fun. Book a lane, rent a pair of bowling shoes and show of your bowling skills. A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, right?
9. Hang with the Animals?
The zoo or an aquarium is the perfect setting for a date. It’s quiet enough that you can have one-on-one time with your date, but there’s also something to look at if you’re stumped for conversation. Plus, if you pass gas you can always blame the elephants.
10. Cinema at Home?
Once you take into account the ticket, snacks and drinks, going to the movies these days is expensive. Get your girl to come over, rent a pile of DVDs, make some popcorn and darken your living room. You’ll save money and be more comfortable cuddling up on your couch! Check out Netflix plans starting at $4.99.
Extra: 11. Board Game Date
Board games have become very popular again all across America. Many families have “game night”, which is a great way to spend quality time. I think many board games work best with at least three people but there are many that work great with just two. Just swing by your local Walmart and you can pick up a fun board game for under $15.
As you can see fun dates don’t have to be expensive. Got any other ideas of fun and cheap dates?