It’s no secret that times are tough. But of course, singles still want to date. So, what is one to do when faced with wanting to impress someone, but not having a fortune to spend? Here are eight date ideas that are easy on the wallet.
Wine tastings seem to be springing up all over. Check online for restaurants that offer wine tastings or “flight nights” as they are sometimes called. Most are free or a very nominal amount and offer some complimentary appetizers with the wine as well.
If wine isn’t your thing, perhaps brews are. Craft beer has come a long way in recent years and most major cities have at least one local brewery. To help spread the word about these beers, many breweries offer free tours at least once a week. The short tours are only about 15 to 20 minutes but many offer the opportunity to sample multiple varieties of beer. Some even offer live music when they are open for touring.
Cook Dinner Together
It is always a treat when one person cooks for another. However, cooking together as a couple can be rewarding too. Start by visiting a Farmer’s Market and picking up items you both are interested in cooking. Make a cocktail or open up a bottle of wine while you work together.
Food festivals are becoming very popular as of late. They allow guests to sample a wide variety of foods at low cost. It’s always interesting to push your taste buds to the limit and explore different cuisines!
Besides Starbucks, there are plenty of other coffee hangouts to sip on a nice cup of joe. Cozy up with your special someone and enjoy a lively conversation or simply have fun people watching.
Hike and Picnic
If you both are active, why not get some exercise together? Most major cities have hiking trails all over. Plan ahead and scope out a romantic spot for your picnic. Save money by preparing the food ahead of time instead of picking up the pre-made kind at the deli.
Take in a Play at a local University
There are usually exhibitions or plays put on regularly at local colleges. These tend to be rather inexpensive and easy to score good seats to as well.
You don’t really have to have any physical skills to be able to play darts. Just aim and shoot for the bullseye. Play a few rounds and bring out your competitive spirit. It only costs one or two bucks to rent the darts and of course a couple brews for good measure.
There are lots of date ideas out there that won’t bleed you dry. Just think about common interests and you’ll find a date idea that both of you can enjoy.