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    Mar 21, 2009 7:08 PM GMT
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    47 FUN CHEAP DATES are listed below (from an article on yahoo) - add some of your own..... until we get at least 51 Great Cheap Date Ideas!

    NOTE: Updated ... NOW HAVE 45!!!

    (Think of your best, fun, cheap date EVER and share it):


    1. Ice skate. it's the perfect excuse to hold hands, "accidentally" fall on top of each other, and grab a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up to each other to keep warm. (There are rinks at Lloyd and Clackamas Centers).

    2. Adrenaline rush at the roller-skating rink. it's a great way to have fun and let loose with each other. Top it off with a bowl of ice cream when you get home. (Oak Park Amusement in Portland is a great place to go and Sundays have an older crowd).

    3. Spend the day picking fruit at a local farm, either one-on-one or with a few couples you know — the more the merrier. (Out by Turner, Amity, and many places in between and around Salem.)

    4. Score major points and head to a baseball game with your guy. Tickets can be as cheap as $5 a person, but bring extra cash for some beer, hot dogs, and a giant foam finger. (The Salem Volcanoes ????)

    5. Rent bikes — a tandem one, if you're adventurous — and go for a long ride through the park. (There are couple shops downtown and I would imagine we could rent them ... Or, maybe go to another city like in Bend on Galviston Ave.)

    6. Spice up your movie-night routine by finding a drive-in movie theater. (The Dallas Drive In still exists and Lebanon used to have one, but not sure if they still do ... And, there might be others???)

    7. Head to the bookstore and walk through the aisles together, showing each other your favorite books, bonding over the books you both hated, and flipping through a Kama Sutra book for ideas for later. (We got the "Gay Kama Sutra" ... :-).

    8. Bowl him over at the bowling alley. don't forget to program his sugary-sweet nickname ("Muffin Face") onto the computerized scoreboard instead of his real name. (We like midnight bowling at AMF Firebird Lanes on Center in Salem).

    9. Skip the pricey wine bar and grab a few beers at your local dive bar. Make sure you pick a place with a pool table or dartboard set up, and challenge him to a few games. Loser owes the winner a song on the jukebox. (We like Cokey's and Pete's and Venti's and Silver Dollar and Johnny's).

    10. Show him your rugged side and build something together. (We've done this a few times with furniture).

    11. Appeal to his inner child (it shouldn't be too hard to tap into) and buy tickets for a carnival. Embrace the cheesiness.

    12. Keep up on the specials. And check out the Websites of your favorite bars — they might have drink specials on certain nights, like a free pizza with every drink.

    13. Ask him about his fantasy cars and he'll probably talk your ear off. Head over to a local car dealership and test-drive the most expensive car they'll let you take out of the parking lot.

    14. Get spooked at a haunted house. Check out Hauntedhouse.com for listings in your state. S

    15. Get out those matching aprons and fire up the skillet for a night of cooking, you're guaranteed to enjoy the process. (We only wear the aprons ... 'tis fun).

    16. Invite another couple over that you don't know well for a potluck dinner. Ask them to bring the appetizer and dessert, and work on the main course with your guy.

    17. Tap into your animal instincts by visiting a petting zoo. When you get home, jump in the shower with him to scrub off the zoo smell.

    18. He may hate to shop, but he'll end up thanking you if you drag him to a flea market. There's something for everyone and plenty of things you never knew existed — you might even discover he has a hobby or weird collection you didn't know about!

    19. Play 20 Questions. Whether you've been together for three weeks or three years, there are probably things you don't know about each other.

    20. Have pretentious conversations about art at a local show.

    21. Take a hike. Spend the day hiking and taking pictures together — lie across the hood of the car and look at the stars.

    22. Grab a blanket and some food and have an indoor picnic. The best part of staying inside? No ants in your food.

    23. The easiest way to booze it up on the cheap? Take a tour of a winery or brewery, and pick up some wine facts for your next dinner party while getting tipsy.

    24. Take a class together. (We bought P90X ... and have set up a work out room in the house....).

    25. Put on your walking shoes and head to the museum.

    26. Celebrate something special with an off season trip to a bed and breakfast. If you're in for a long car ride, grab a book on tape from the local library.

    27. Wherever you live, chances are there are local bands dying for an audience. Check out MySpace for bands in your area.

    28. Look into the future: Go together for a psychic reading.

    29. Does he drive you up a wall sometimes? He probably feels the same way
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    30. Check the theater offerings at local colleges and high schools. Schools usually have a spring and a fall show, and it's a great way to see a version of your favorite plays and musicals for a fraction of the cost.

    31. Challenge your guy to a little friendly competition and surprise him by taking him to a rifle range. After each round, compare your targets — loser buys the next round of bullets; winner gets gloating privileges.

    32. Celebrate the first snow of winter with a day of sledding. Pick a hilly spot in your town and use garbage can lids as makeshift sleds. Wear a bike helmet to up the dorky fun factor, and celebrate living through the experience with a cup of hot cocoa.

    33. See the stars without braving the cold by getting tickets to the planetarium. Sneak in a thin blanket and cozy up. For extra privacy, go during off-peak times — call ahead to see when those are.

    34. Bummed that you can't afford a weeklong vacation with your man? Put things in perspective and volunteer together for a cause you both care about. TiVo Gossip Girl and sign up to work at a soup kitchen once a week, or cuddle up with lovable cats and dogs at your local animal shelter.

    35. Want some quiet time? Exercise your creative talents by drawing each other. All you need are two pieces of paper, some art supplies, and a bottle of wine for a quiet, romantic night in. Go as artistic or as fun as you wish.

    36. Get physical. Get free day passes to a gym whose membership you could never afford and have him spot you. Challenge him to a fitness competition, bribe him into taking a spin class with you, and take advantage of the gym's sauna or pool, if it has one.

    37. You can knit holiday sweaters like nobody's business. Your man is a Guitar Hero rock star. It's great to have separate hobbies, but it's also fun to share. Pick a weekend to teach each other your hobbies, and serenade him with a guitar solo while he knits you a pair of mittens.

    38. Plan a trip. You might need to save up for awhile, but that doesn't mean you can't daydream. Plan your dream vacation with each other — it might be the incentive you need to start putting your loose change in the piggy bank.

    39. Travel back in time and reminisce. If your or you guy still live close to where you grew up, give each other a tour of your childhoods. Grab a camera and take pictures of your all-grown-up selves as you visit each landmark.

    40. Can't get away for a vacation? Sightsee in your own city. If you've lived in your area for a long time, chances are you never got around to seeing a lot of the tourist attractions. So grab your guy and pretend to be tourists for a weekend. Stop at a used bookstore or look online for travel guides for your city, put together an itinerary, and don't forget to take pictures!

    41. You probably live within driving distance of a college or university. Log on to the school's Website and check out the scheduled events — often, schools will open large events, like lectures and panels, to the public. Check back often — your guy's favorite movie director might be appearing at a screening at the school's drama department, or you might find a panel of your favorite authors speaking to the English majors.

    42. Share a few laughs at a comedy club amateur night. Admission usually costs two drinks per person, and you're in for a hilarious night — whether you're laughing with the comedian or at him.

    43. How about sharing a $5 foot long at Subway? I just had one last night and could only eat half of it. I saved the rest for later but that would make for a very cheap date. $2.50 each. Oh..and take it to go. Fast food doesn't seem all that trashy so long as you're in your own familiar surroundings.

    44. Get yourselves a few sandwhiches and snacks. Wait for warmer weather. Wait for the night. Find a building with big monumental grand outdoor stairs. (usually could be a large post office, or a bank, or a public/municipal building). They are usually well lit and in a busy area, so you can people watch too. One more thing, fill a flask up with some Jack Daniels and take turns taking swigs from it. Kiss. Repeat.

    45. Hey, how about the obvious, enjoy a workout with him at the gym. The fun part is going back to your place after pumping up and sweating.!! Sounds hot.

    46. Another guy wrote ... masturbate together, which, most likely, goes without saying as the cheapest date, behind the guy that leaves for the restroom when the check comes....

    47. Go to the hot springs and chill.

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  • gijoe30

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    Mar 21, 2009 9:43 PM GMT
    Hey, how about the obvious, enjoy a workout with him at the gym. The fun part is going back to your place after pumping up and sweating.!!
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    Mar 21, 2009 10:49 PM GMT
    In DC in early, April, if I have a BF, I always take him to the Cherry Blossom Festival.

    LOVE IT

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    Mar 21, 2009 11:03 PM GMT
    How about a hard game of tennis - and then showers after (!!!!) and dinner after that?
  • Lozzano

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    Mar 21, 2009 11:06 PM GMT
    Masturbate together!
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    Mar 21, 2009 11:11 PM GMT
    I knew a guy who would head for the men's room when the check would come during a date at a restaurant. Now THAT is a cheap date.
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    Mar 21, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    Great ideas guys icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 21, 2009 11:52 PM GMT
    Get yourselves a few sandwhiches and snacks.

    Wait for warmer weather. Wait for the night.

    Find a building with big moicon_exclaim.gifnumental grand outdoor stairs. (usually could be a large post office, or a bank, or a public/municipal building). They are usually well lit and in a busy area, so you can people watch too.

    One more thing, fill a flask up with some Jack Daniels and take turns taking swigs from it.

    Kiss

    Repeat.
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    Mar 22, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    TheIStrat saidIn DC in early, April, if I have a BF, I always take him to the Cherry Blossom Festival.

    LOVE IT

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    Tell more about this festival?
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    Mar 22, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidGet yourselves a few sandwhiches and snacks.

    Wait for warmer weather. Wait for the night.

    Find a building with big moicon_exclaim.gifnumental grand outdoor stairs. (usually could be a large post office, or a bank, or a public/municipal building). They are usually well lit and in a busy area, so you can people watch too.

    One more thing, fill a flask up with some Jack Daniels and take turns taking swigs from it.

    Kiss

    Repeat.


    People watching, yep... great way to start a fun conversation....
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    Mar 22, 2009 7:18 PM GMT
    In FL, I like to take a date to the springs and have a picnic and just chill.icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 23, 2010 7:24 PM GMT
    I love this thread! I am in socal, trying to figure out some more things to do around here.


    #48. Go surfing together (along with the nude beach time, kissing in the ocean).
  • MuscleComeBac...

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    Aug 23, 2010 7:29 PM GMT
    Pick him up in a Rainstorm, in a convertable, with the top down, shirt off, and invite him out for a "mobile shower".
  • DrewT

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    Aug 23, 2010 7:44 PM GMT
    Go to a free museum
  • allatonce

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    Aug 23, 2010 8:42 PM GMT
    Grab a few beers/bottle of wine and head out to a park in the evening. Just sitting outside with a drink and enjoying each other's company can be great. Nice views of city skyline/sunsets/water are always great too. I generally find it more fun than going to a bar.