If you are going on a first date and short of cash, you could whip out your coupon book or ask about 2-for-1 specials at the local fast food joint. But if you do that on your first date, chances are there will not be a second one.
So what is the cash-strapped romantic to do? How can you impress the object of your affection without going into debt or revealing your temporary poverty? Here are five first date ideas that will make you look classy instead of cheap. Below are the first 5 date ideas,
A Night (or Day) at the Museum – Date ideas
Museums are perfect spots for first dates, and the cultural trappings of your surroundings will reflect well on you. You and your date can spend hours wandering through the galleries, taking in the fine works of art and learning something new along the way.
If you have time, check out the free tours many museums offer. You can have lots of fun as you learn about the permanent collection and explore the special exhibitions, all for the price of admission. For an even cheaper day or evening, you can take advantage of free or reduced admission rates – just don’t tell your date.
A Romantic Stroll – Date ideas
Taking a walk will not cost you a cent, but not just any walk will do. If you are looking for romance, you may need to scope out the possibilities ahead of time.
A romantic stroll through the woods or a walk in a beautiful park are perfect first date activates. Instead of assuming you do not have much money, your date will be suitably impressed by your romantic idea.
Whether you enjoy the ice or roller variety, the local rink is a great place for a first date. For just the price of a rental, you and your soon-to-be sweetheart can enjoy hours of skating fun.
Even if you spring for a bite to eat at the snack bar, your skating rink outing will not break the bank. So grab your skates and get ready to have a great, and inexpensive, night out.
Buying tickets for the hottest Broadway show is not exactly cheap, but there
is a more affordable alternative. In cities, small towns and rural areas
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around the country, community theater troupes bring the magic of live performance to their friends and neighbours, all for little more than a movie ticket.
If you want to impress your date with your cultural awareness and sensitivity, a night at the theater is the perfect choice. You and your date can spend hours discussing the themes of the play and reciting your favorite lines over coffee or drinks, all for a price that will not break the bank.
Attend a Book Reading
If you and your date love literature and reading, attending a live
performance by a real-life author could be the perfect night out. From New York Times bestselling authors to up-and-coming stars, writers are always looking for ways to connect with their fans, and you and your date can be the beneficiaries.
Best of all, many book readings are completely free, while others cost only a nominal amount of money. If you want to maximize the fun while minimizing the cost, do your homework and choose your reading accordingly.
As you get ready for your first date, the last thing you want is to appear cheap. Even if your date shares your frugal ways, they may not take kindly to a date at the local fast food joint.
Luckily, you do not have to sacrifice fun and romance to save money.
The five ideas listed above will make you look good, not cheap, and that could increase the odds of a second (and third) date down the line.