Top 5 Cheap Or Free Date Ideas

Are you worried about having very little money? Are you finding it hard to date or even think about dating in these tough economical times? Do a movie and dinner sound like it would break the bank? Even if you have enough money, you may want to save most of it. If any of the above is true, it’s time to get creative.


Here are the top 5 cheap or free date ideas that are needed in these tough times when the news is grim, and the economy is uncertain. You need to dig a little deeper into your idea bank. Find some inventiveness, some pluck. If you’re single, you don’t give up on dating-you find better, cheaper ways to do it. Here are some low-cost or no-cost dating ideas: 

Home Movie Dates

Dates at home cost very little money. Meet at the video store to choose your favourite two movies. This should inspire some great conversation about what movies you like. If you can’t afford to rent a movie, get your local newspaper or TV guide and pick a show, you would both enjoy watching. Don’t forget to pick up some microwave popcorn, Milk Duds, or Diet Coke if you want it to be a real movie date. Once the show is over, turn off the TV and talk about what you watched, why you did or didn’t like it, and relate it to a personal experience if appropriate.

Arts in the Park Date

Simple arts cost very little money. Plan a picnic date. Decide who will bring what. Don’t forget a vase and a few flowers. Following brunch or lunch, unpack your simple art materials. Pads of paper, crayons, coloured chalks, watercolours, a big shirt (artist’s smock), and a hat can put you in the mood to sketch or paint. Stick figures are acceptable since grades will not be given.


Las Vegas Type of Date

Money is not an issue because this date requires what you probably already have: cards or games. Get out your cards and poker chips. Whether you play Canasta, Bridge, Gin Rummy, Crazy-Eights, or Go Fish, you are in for a treat. Any of these card games will get you laughing together. What’s the prize for the winner? It depends on how much you like your date.

Board Games Date

You can find old board games in your closet, attic, or at a Thrift store. Almost everyone has at least one board game they love and one more they will love once they learn how to play it. Checkers, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Chutes and Ladders, and more are waiting for you. If this doesn’t suit your date, try a jigsaw puzzle. That idea could turn into several dates.

Drama Date

Money is not required on this date. This is fun drama, like seeing a high school or college play, or your community’s little theatre. Another kind of drama date is for both of you to get dressed up in costumes and go to the local coffee shop, library, or museum. Dress up like your favourite character and “be” that person for an hour. That will either get you and your date talking or a lot of people talking about you. Either way, it’s dramatic.

Have fun on any of these five cheap or free date ideas –and save money at the same time.

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