5 Cheap Date Ideas


This size of your bank account shouldn't determine the amount of fun you have on a date.

It doesn't take an unlimited income to have an amazing date. These days, some of the best date ideas barely cost any money at all, and they are just as memorable and special as their more pricey counterparts. Here are five cheap date ideas to try before payday!

1. Shop together and make dinner at home. You might be thinking-shopping? Yes! Buying food and cooking it yourself is much cheaper than dining at a restaurant, plus it's more fun! Decide on a recipe (nothing too complicated!) and hit the grocery store or farmers market together. Back at the house, open up a bottle of wine and get down and dirty in the kitchen. Cooking a meal together is a bonding experience and you'll be able to relax and enjoy yourself much more than if you were at a stuffy restaurant.

2. Hit a dive bar. Going to a fancy bar or restaurant for appetizers and drinks might seem like the most cost effective option, but you still end up paying a lot of money! Grab a seat at a dive bar or pub, and order up two beers. These types of places often have friendly service and free snacks. Even better if there is a pool table or dart board to challenge your date to a little friendly competition!

3. Go apple picking! With Autumn settling in, there are tons of great ideas for fun fall dates and apple picking is one of our favorites. But don't just grab the fruit and run. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the orchard and then bring your apples home and make cider or a pie together while watching a football game (or one of your favorite movies about dating!)

4.Have a movie night. The standard "dinner and a movie" date can easily run over $100 for two people...it better be a good movie! Save your money and plan a movie night at home. Settle on a DVD you've both been eyeing and don't forget the movie snacks-popcorn or the candy you only eat while you're in the theater (we won't tell!)

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