The upside of dating: it’s exciting. The downside of dating: it can be expensive! There’s nothing that can ruin the excitement of a new partner like the realization that this little dating habit of yours is leaving you flat broke! Need some date ideas that aren’t going to leave you bankrupt? You’re in luck. Here are seven:
- Local sporting event. Maybe your town has a triple A baseball team or perhaps there’s a college in the area that has all sorts of sports teams. If the team isn’t that good (or famous) getting tickets to the event is generally inexpensive. And it can actually be fun to route for the underdog. After all, the important thing is that you’re having fun with your significant other.
- Lecture/talk. Many schools and local organizations hold lectures and talks that are free and open to the public. Going to a talk can be a great way to stimulate an interesting conversation afterwards over a cup of coffee, cider, or hot chocolate.
- Picnic. Packing a picnic lunch is a romantic AND inexpensive way to share a meal. You can go to any local park, gardens, lake, or beach and enjoy the fresh outdoor air and each other. And if you’re sports inclined, bring a Frisbee, football, baseball, or bocce set and enjoy the fresh air.
- Day trip. Sometimes it feels good to jump in the car and get away. A quick Google search will show if there is nearby attraction that might be fun to visit. Maybe there’s even a neighboring town that would be fun to walk around and explore.
- Hike. Going for a hike doesn’t cost you a thing, and it’s a great way to get out in nature and have a little adventure. Again, you can probably find a list of hikes close to you with a quick Internet search. Live in the city? Go urban hiking by planning a long walk across town.
- Sunset. There is nothing more romantic than watching a sunset. And there’s likely a place somewhere in your town where you can get a great view of it.
- Dessert. If you feel like going to a restaurant but don’t want to spring for a whole meal, just go for dessert! You get the ambiance of a nice place for a fraction of the price on the meal.
At the end of the day the important thing on a date is to be spending quality time with your significant other. You don’t have to do anything lavish or fancy to have a great time; a little planning and creativity go a long way. And sometimes the more simple the activity on your date, the more clear it is that the two of you could have fun doing anything.