by Jeffrey Strain
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Dating and saving
money. For many, the two concepts don't equate. There's an automatic
reaction for most when suggesting the two together that the person
paying is trying to be "cheap" and the resulting date will naturally
have the same feel. Contrary to popular belief, however, dating
doesn't have to be expensive to be fun, entertaining and memorable.
It doesn't even have to take a whole lot of extra preparation time.
What it does take is a little imagination and breaking from the
typical date routine. You have to be willing to think beyond dinner
and a movie and be willing to try something new for a change. Here
are 15 inexpensive dating ideas: 10 for anyone plus 5 for the adventurous.
The beauty of nature is all around us and it doesn't cost a dime.
Whether it's a trip to the beach, a walk in the forest or a search
into a cave, it can be done together for practically nothing. Take
the time to find the natural scenic spots in your area and utilize
them for your dates.
Sports: If you
and your date are both athletic, sport activities together can be
a great way to spend your time. Play a set of tennis, jog in the
park, toss a Frisbee about, play catch with a baseball or football
or shoot some baskets. Whichever you choose, you can spend quality
time at minimal cost and get some exercise in, too.
are great for dates because they can be taken along wherever you
plan to go for the day and they cost a fraction of going out for
a meal. They also can be made as casual or as romantic as you want.
Take a casual picnic meal, add some cheese & wine along with a red
rose and the picnic instantly takes on a romantic feel.
& Buildings: It seems the only time people go looking at the historic
landmarks near where they live is when visitors come from out of
town. Many of these historic or culturally significant spots have
no or small entrance fees and make a great place to go on a date.
You also get to learn more about the area you live.
At Home: Cook up a meal at home and spend the evening watching movies
or some other activity such as a board game. The meal most likely
will be better than at a restaurant and the evening will cost a
fraction of what going out to dinner and a movie would cost. Cook
the meal together to spend even more time together, or do it yourself
as a special surprise.
Take your camera or purchase an inexpensive disposable camera and
make a day of taking photos together. Make a theme for the day if
you want or just take any crazy photo that comes to mind. Once finished,
get the photos 1 hour processed and create a memory album together
for the day that will live on forever.
you have museums in your area, they can be an excellent place to
enjoy an inexpensive date. Admission prices are usually reasonable
and often they have discounts for those attending a number of events
over the year.
Learn A New
Skill: Gather some information on a skill you always wanted to learn
and spend a day practicing it together. It could be a day of learning
card tricks, learning how to juggle or learning to make bird calls.
Any skill you have always wanted to try can make a fun and interesting
If you live near a college or university, utilize their resources
for your dates. Guest lectures, music recitals, art exhibitions
and plays are common and are often free of charge. The quality can
be excellent and the variety enormous.
you can set a regularly scheduled date if the two of you have a
hobby you both enjoy. You can look in the local community newsletter
to see if there are classes being offered in something that interests
both of you. These classes are usually quite inexpensive and the
two of you can enjoy a few hours each week together learning something
For those who
are looking for an inexpensive date with some adventure involved,
here are five more options that are sure to make the evening memorable:
Shop Date: Plan a date someplace where there are a lot of people.
Before going, head down to the local thrift shop together. Once
there, specify a small amount of money to purchase clothing or accessories
for the other and both head off in different directions. The goal
is to find items the other has to wear for the rest of the day/evening
within the price specified. The entertainment is seeing the reaction
from all the people who see your new outfit as you wander the crowded
Date: As the two of you meet, you look around and pick somebody
out on the street. The date is to follow that person where ever
he or she goes. Once that person has stopped or you can no longer
follow them, pick another person to follow. Your bound to have loads
of laughs as you attempt to stay with your designated guide.
Date: When your date arrives, have him or her make a list of what
he or she considers to be 20 unusual items. Once the list is made,
the date will be to try and find as many of those items as possible.
Truth Or Dare
Date: Pick some spots in your area to visit, but play truth or dare
along the way. It doesn't really matter where you go since the entertainment
is doing the various dares that the other gives in addition to telling
all the truths.
Bag Of Dates:
Put each of the dates I just mentioned, plus any others that you
come up with, onto a separate sheet of paper and place them in a
bag. When your date comes to the door, have him or her reach inside
and choose a piece of paper. Whichever one is chosen is your date
for the day/evening.
2004 Jeffrey Strain
Strain has published hundreds of money saving articles and the creator
of the Daily Money Saving Challenge Program. He is the co-owner
a website dedicated to saving you money.
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