Cheap date ideas

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    May 23, 2011 5:19 PM GMT
    So I wanted to brainstorm some cheap date ideas for those of us dating on a budget?

    Does anyone have an idea that has worked for them in the past?

    To get the ball rolling, if you live in San Francisco this weekend is Carnaval, which is free and could be a lot of fun.
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    May 23, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    2nd run movie theaters.

    any activity in a public park.

    grilling a meal is alot cheaper than going to a restaurant...and it's interactive
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    May 23, 2011 6:17 PM GMT
    - An old-fashioned picnic in a park that allows them. Try to borrow a traditional wicker picnic basket if you don't have one, you just need disposable paper & plastic wear, and a small cooler for some iced drinks. A state park might have picnic sites with tables & grills (bring charcoal), hiking trails, scenic views, perhaps a boat or kayak for rent. But like some house cats, an indoors kinda guy might not like this.

    - Free or low-cost museums (art, natural history, science, etc). I can get engrossed in one for hours, and as you go around you compare comments on the things you see, a good way to bond with some guys, get to know them.

    - Attend a free or low-cost public event, like a street fair, a gay festival around Pride time, a convention center show (auto, home improvement, garden, etc). The OP has mentioned SF Carnaval next weekend, and that's the idea.

    Be armed with several ideas in case he rejects some. "Been there, done that." "I hate museums." "Boring." Letting him contribute some suggestions, and deferring to his wishes can also get his enthusiasm up. You don't wanna make this seem like being dragged along on the involuntary family outing from when you were a kid.
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    May 23, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    I actually went hiking for a first date, and I had a lot of fun.
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    Apr 20, 2013 2:03 AM GMT
    it's cheesy but bowling and mini-golf...good classic date ideas. You can also do something like a triad ... of date activities -- like bowling, mini-golf, and kart racing to make it fun and keep the energy moving, eh? ;-)
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    Apr 20, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    staple_ saidI actually went hiking for a first date, and I had a lot of fun.


    simple and cheap, oh and its outside with nature, plenty of things to do icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 20, 2013 11:20 AM GMT
    Hiking is a good idea.

    Coffee is cheaper than actual dinner.
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    Apr 20, 2013 11:23 AM GMT
    roofies are cheap
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    Apr 20, 2013 12:07 PM GMT
    * Free Museum days

    * Picnic or just a walk in the park

    * Walk on the beach / pier

    * Cheap arcade video games

    * Window shopping at your fav clothing stores

    * Get some food to eat, rent a movie, stay in and watch the latest block buster or tear jerker
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    Apr 20, 2013 12:59 PM GMT
    Sex
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    Apr 20, 2013 1:31 PM GMT
    mcdonalds
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    Apr 20, 2013 1:43 PM GMT
    Rent two bycicles and just take a ride around the city, maybe you could stop for an ice cream on the way. I think that's cheap and fun to do.
  • WApilot

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    Apr 21, 2013 6:20 AM GMT
    My boyfriend and I on our first date went to an old pizza parlor in Tacoma, WA and walked through downtown talking and seeing the sights. Total cost $20

    Another date we went on was to a car museum which cost a total $24 to go see and then we went to dinner... granted the restaurant was the most expensive ($86), I'm sure you could find a more inexpensive place to eat.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Apr 21, 2013 7:39 AM GMT
    well here in dc they have this thing called jazz on the mall. its a free venue during the spring and summer. its totally free and you can bring your own alcohol as long as you can sneak it in and you can bring your own food. u can cook dinner or grill out on your back porch or yard. if you lived here in dc there are tons of things to do for cheap. u can tour the mall/monuments or museums. most of them are free. i feel like the cheapest thing to do is to make dinner but its so cliche. how about taking a cooking class or going to a beer tasting or wine tasting or my favorite whiskey.