Let’s face it, a lighter wallet can be troublesome and awkward when you’re planning a romantic evening. It severely limits your options and you there’s a risk of disappointment when you stick to a simple (and cheap) routine for your date night. With a little bit of creativity though, you will be able to turn that simple couch movie into something amazing. You won’t need to have a lot of skills or money in bank for these simple, inexpensive ideas for dates.
Go on a Picnic Date
All you need is a comfortable blanket, a packed lunch and some drinks – that’s it. Of course, you also have to consider in the weather factor. No one likes to stay outside during a typhoon and it won’t be romantic when you’re both under the sweltering heat. Once the weather permits it, you can go to park or any secluded spots you know of. For food, you can make simple sandwiches and bring fruits for dessert. If your budget allows it, you can also bring champagne or a bubbly beverage, so you can make it feel a bit classy. Just remember to engage in conversation; otherwise it could be a very pleasant yet boring date.
Teach Her Manual Driving
Some women who don’t know how to drive a manual transmission car always wish they knew. If you have a manual transmission car or if you have access to one, then you’re all set. All you need is a wide enough space or a big parking lot for her to practice in. Last but most important thing you need to bring to this date is a huge amount of patience. Women like it when they feel empowered or if a guy empowers them; but they hate it when you constantly nag or get upset with every little thing.
This is one of the many activities you can enjoy at home. For expense, the ingredients which you both use will be the only thing you need to buy (or the Chinese take-out later). You can start off by learning how to cook each other’s favorite dishes, then you both try them at the same time. Keep in mind that although it’s better to be honest, always consider your partner’s feelings and eat their dish with a grain of salt.
A rifle range might not sound very high on that dating list, but its uniqueness and ruggedness make it a very good surprise. There are a lot of shooting ranges out there that let you borrow their guns without a fee, all you need to pay is the bullets or magazines. To make things interesting, you could have a friendly competition and compare targets after. The loser will buy the next round of magazines or ice cream after.
Take Advantage of the Indie Scene
If there are a lot of independent or new artists in your area, chances are that they are dying for an audience. A simple internet search will let you know if there are any gigs happening in your area. To get to know each other’s music tastes better, you can alternate who chooses the music genre. If you also want to maximize your savings, you can bring a flask of booze.
Enjoy a Flea Market Together
Instead of going to the mall or some pricey outlet store, you could go to the flea market instead. You’d be surprised at the fun things you never thought existed and you might even find a bargain or two. Plus, you’ll also get to know each other’s awkward hobbies or embarrassing collection in the process. The good thing about it is that you won’t feel bad if you don’t buy something and if you do want to buy something, the price is very cheap.
Indulge Your Sweet Teeth
If you or your partner enjoys dessert and treats it like the best part in the meal, you can both go to a chocolate or cookie factory tour. You can search for factories in the area and call them up if they do tours. Some can do tours, but only for group tours. If that is the case, then you can bring in another couple or two, and make it a group date. You’ll expand your knowledge regarding sweets, and you can enjoy the free treats as well.
Have a Potluck
If you want to invite your friends over but you’re a bit short on cash you could suggest having a potluck dinner instead. You and your partner could cook the main dish while the other couples could bring appetizer or dessert. This will give you the chance to show off your culinary abilities, and in the event wherein your dish will be inedible, it will give you a lot to talk about during dinner.
Have a Zoo Outing
You can kick your animal instincts up a notch by going to a petting zoo together. You can bring a picnic basket to enjoy that homey feel together (and save money). You could even bring bread, so that you won’t have to spend on anything else except for the entrance fee. As a bonus, you could jump in the shower together after – to get rid of the zoo smell of course.
Play 20 Questions
Even if you’ve been going out for years already, there’s still a huge area about your partner which you may not know about. Prepare open-ended questions, so that the answer will not be a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Just a word of precaution though, some topics might be sensitive for your partner so while you are making your questions, you should establish some ground rules like which topics are okay and which should be avoided.
Take a Hike
If you or your partner is physically capable, try going on a hike together. All you need is a good amount of time and your hiking wear. While hiking, don’t forget to chat each other up or you’ll defeat the purpose of the date. For a dating bonus, you could also spend time watching the stars or the sunset together.
Take Community Classes Together
This is a very good idea if you want to learn a new skill and meet new people. Community classes also offer a wide range of classes from karate to cooking, so you’ll never run out of options. The best part about this is that they are free or cheap so you won’t have to worry about long term expenses. Aside from learning a new skill together, you could also treat it like play time and get to know about your partner more.
Whether your wallet is dipping low or if you’ve simply run out of suggestions, there are a lot of ideas on how to have inexpensive dates. These won’t strain your wallet or relationship, but they let you and your partner know about each other more as well as let you enjoy your time together.