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7 Ideas for Dating on a Budget
Whether you're trying to get to know someone special or have been dating that special someone for awhile, chances are you'd like to find ways to save money on dates. Try these ideas for ways to spend time with each other, but not overspend.
- Take in free shows, screenings, classes or lectures. There are many free or low-cost events on your campus just a short walk, bike or bus ride away. For instance, film students often screen their work for the public. There are also many classes and lectures offered for free. Check out your school's website for ideas and event calendars.
- Test out these inexpensive meal ideas. Go grocery shopping and cook up a meal at home. The meal will most likely cost less than going out to dinner. Cook the meal together or do it yourself for a special surprise. Or, rather than skipping eating out completely, look for a restaurant offering weekly specials or bargains. Or, invite friends over for dinner as a potluck. By splitting dinner, everyone enjoys variety while saving money.
- Visit a museum or art gallery. Some museums offer free admission all the time, but even those that don't still often have one free day each week or month. Explore science museums, history museums and art museums together. Another art alternative is to visit art galleries. Get on the museum or gallery mailing list to receive invitations to gallery openings so you and your date can meet the artist and enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres.
- Try an ice cream or coffee date. Skip the big dinner and just get dessert. Or, linger over coffee at a sidewalk café. For the price of two cups of coffee (some places even offer free refills), you can spend time actually talking to your date. Many cafés also offer free events such as poetry readings, live music and game nights for you to take advantage of.
- Get outside & get active together. Exercise is good for your body and a great way to spend time together. Try free activities like jogging, tennis, Frisbee or bicycling together. Visit parks in your area to get to know your local hiking trails. Or, just spend some time playing around on a playground for a nostalgic good time. Just bring some water and snacks, and you can spend an entire day together.
- Pack a picnic. A picnic is a classic, romantic way to spend time together. Whether you simply pack a loaf of bread and cheese or create a more elaborate meal, it's sure to make an impression. If you are near a lake, consider picnicking on the shore.
- Go Dutch. Relieve the financial pressure of paying for two people by offering to or suggesting splitting the costs at the beginning of the date. That way, you both won't spend the whole date wondering how you'll afford everything. Or, if one person pays for ice cream, the other can pay for a movie rental.
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