Ideas for Fun, Cheap Dates

Previously, we discussed how you can get free trials from prominent dating sites like and eHarmony. In this post, we will talk a bit about what to do once you meet someone and want to go on an affordable date.

Dating doesn’t always have to be expensive. In fact, there are many activities a couple can enjoy that will cost little or no money at all. Here are a few ideas for dates that are both fun and cheap:

cheap date ideasGo on a picnic

Any romantic, beautiful location can be a great place for a picnic. All you need is a basket of food and a blanket. Wine and cheese are always great items to include in a picnic basket.

Visit museums, aquariums, or zoos

Museums, aquariums, and zoos are all great places to enjoy an afternoon, and the price of admission is often very reasonable. Carnivals and renaissance fairs can also be inexpensive places to have lots of fun.

Go to a discount theater

Regular movies cost around $10 per ticket, but discount theaters usually sell tickets for about $2. Most films playing at such theaters are still relatively new releases that are yet to come out on DVD.

Engage in an outdoor physical activity

The possibilities are endless when it comes to physical activities. You and your date can hike, mountain bike, rollerblade, or walk on a beach. If you share an interest in a particular sport such as tennis or racquetball, you can have a friendly match as well.

Volunteer together

Volunteer activities can be quite diverse and interesting. Some possible ideas include volunteering for an animal shelter or cooking for the homeless.

Play games or solve puzzles

Many traditional games can be a great way to get to know your date better. Popular games like Pictionary and Trivial Pursuit can be lots of fun and ideal for double dates. You can also work together on a puzzle or ask each other a list of questions (Use Table Topics for ideas on the types of questions to ask).

Go to a wine tasting event or visit a vineyard

Many wine tasting events are reasonable priced, and sometimes include food and live entertainment as well. If you live near any vineyards, consider turning your date into an enjoyable day trip.

Visit a local comedy club

Most comedy club tickets include drinks, and unless you are trying to catch a popular comedian, the price of admission is not that high.

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