for Inexpensive Dates
doesn't have to cost a lot to be fun. When my husband and
I were dating, some of the times I remember most were going
for bike rides on warm summer evenings and stopping for ice
cream cones along the way. The mosquitos were bad that year
so we had to eat the cones fast before the mosquitos ate us.
Yet of all the dates we had, including going to expensive
restaurants, football games and plays, I fremember the bike
riding the most.
are some other suggestions for cheap but fun dates:
- Many museums
have free days. Check out your local museums' web sites
for details. For example, the San Francisco Academy of Science
normally charges $24.95 for each adult admission, but the
third Wednesday of each month is a free admission day. The
Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago normally charges
$13.00 for an adult admission, but its web site has a list
of about fifty days where you can visit for free. (Prices
and free days are as of this writing, so be sure to check
the museums' web sites for current information in advance
of your date.)
- One thing to
keep in mind is that if you spend money on something intangible,
like dinner or a movie, that money is used up that night
and then is gone for good. However, if you spend money on
products that help to make a date more fun, then you can
reuse those products over and over again on future dates.
Some examples of "dating gear" you may want
to invest in are:
An old fashioned, wicker picnic basket and a special blanket
for picnics in the park.
B. A small grill, a beach ball and Frisbee for a day at
C. A fondue pot, scented candles, a fancy cheese board,
special wine glasses, and a romantic music CD for special
evenings at home.
E. A variety of ethnic cookbooks for making special meals
at home for or with your sweetie.
F. A lawn game set with horseshoes, croquet and bocce balls
for a fun day in your back yard or at the local park.
G. Binoculars and and a camera for a bird watching expedition.
H. Sketch pads, pastels and lawn chairs. Set up in a local
wilderness area and draw the local flora and fauna.
I. A wok, a Chinese cookbook and bamboo place mats. Go to
an Asian market for the first half of your date and then
come home and cook up all your favorite Chinese foods. Get
an authentic tea set for added ambiance.
- Join a co-op.
Before we had kids, my husband and I used to belong to an
outdoor adventure co-op affiliated with a local university.
We would go on overnight whitewater canoe and raft trips
with the club, either for free or perhaps a small donation
for food or other group expenses. This was a huge savings
over the local commercial trips.
In our area there is a local sailing co-op that offers free,
introductory sail boat ride to the general public. If you
decide to join you can then you can rent the equipment on
your own or sign up yourself to free cruises for you and
- Join a club.
Our archery club only costs $85 a year to belong for a family
membership (plus some work hours). Membership includes free
equipment rental and free use of the range and club house
for a year. If we use it only every other week, that comes
out to under $4 for an afternoon of fun shooting arrows
at targets. I think that is a great deal and would make
an unusual and exciting date. Another local archery club
has free lessons one Sunday a month for prospective member.
So get on the Internet or check your local newspaper for
clubs in your area and see what events they have to offer
to prospective members.
on your back and look at the stars. - H. Jackson Brown,
Jr. (from Life's Little Instruction Book)
belong to an astronomy club with a $36 annual membership
fee. With this membership we get to go to free astronomy
lectures once a month, plus a free, members only viewing
night at the local observatory. What can be more romantic
than a night out in a beautiful setting atop a hill looking
at the stars?
If you love the outdoors, see if there is an active Sierra
Club chapter in your area. Our local chapters usually have
50 - 100 hikes and other events each month, many of them
free to members and their guests. Local Sierra Club activities
near us include canoe trips, hikes, canine hikes, lectures.
classes, camping trips, ski trips and pot luck dinners.
Date? If you can do it, we want to hear about it! (City Life)."
The News & Record (Piedmont Triad, NC). News & Record. 1997.
Noel, "Readers share some inexpensive dating tips." Post-Tribune
intimate, brilliant, easy, cheap, thrilling, over-the-top,
romantic, sexy date-night ideas: Redbook's new book, 500 Great
Dates, has tons of fun plans for you and your guy--no matter
how much (or how little) time, money, or babysitter access
you have!(Survey)." Redbook. Hearst Magazines, a Division
of the Hearst Corporation. 2007.
bargain is something you have to find a use for once you have
bought it. ~ Benjamin Franklin