17 Creatively Awesome Ways to Date on a Budget
It is often believed in this part of the world that only a man pays the bills on a date. But the women can change that narrative. As a woman you can invite your man out on a date; it doesn't harm anyone and remember, it's a date not the rest of your life.
So you're a woman, maybe an entrepreneur like me, an independent woman and you are on a tight budget? A little creative thought on your part, and a laid-back, open-minded person, will make a great date, and still leave some change in your pocket. Plus, it's a great way to make sure you're not dating a gold digger.
1. Take a walk.
Whether it's in a park, or downtown, or wherever, walking for the sake of walking is a good way to see how you and your date get along. Can you two hold a conversation? Are your silences uncomfortable, or do you glance at each other and smile?
2. Go hiking.
If you and your date are nature lovers, this is the ultimate cheap date. All you really have to pay for is gas to get to the hiking trail, and snacks. Make sure you are prepared, though; bring water and wear layers.Want to make it memorable? Go barefoot hiking. Don't get lost. Even if you impress your date with your survival skills, it'll still be more of a stressful experience than anything else.
3. Take a photography tour.
If you don't have a digital camera, buy a few disposable ones -- they're not that expensive. Then wander around and take pictures. This is best for creative, fun-loving types. You can take pictures of each other in wacky poses with all kinds of faces; you can photograph things big and small, from unique angles. And you'll have something to remember the date by - how romantic!
4. Hit the books.
Spend a few hours at a local bookstore or library. Talk about your favorite books. Browse the art and photography books and point out what each of you like. Go through architecture books and talk about which houses you like. Be as corny or as intellectual as you'd like! ...If you're not bookworms, go to a music store instead!
5. Make dinner for your date.
A meal made from scratch can actually be quite inexpensive, as well as delicious. Making pancakes or other pastries, for example, wouldn't drain your pocket. Throw in a few candles (and perhaps some wine) and you've got a romantic dinner on your hands!
6. Play pool or darts.
The best place for this is a bar. If you go during happy hour, you can get cheap drinks and food too.
7. Go to an open garden or a nearby farm.
Pick berries, pumpkins, fruit, vegetables or maybe even milk a cow! Bonus points if you can use your fresh-picked produce for a home-cooked meal.
8. Check out the local music scene.
If you live in a medium or large city, there are probably plenty of bands that put on free shows, or charge a few amount, visit them and have fun all the way.
9. Take a dance class together.
Many dance studios and instructors offer free or low-cost beginner group lessons. Consider swing, salsa, or (for a little extra intimacy) tango.
10. Hit the gym.
Many gyms offer a free day pass for you to "test" the facilities. Challenge each other with weight training, take a yoga or aerobics or spinning class together, and splash around in the pool. Exercise releases a certain chemical that leaves both of you burning calories and feeling great.
11. Viewing center
If there's a minor league sports team nearby, go with him to a game or a sport viewing center. Tickets to these such are often only a few naira, and are a great way to spend the afternoon or evening together.
Check around your community for independently-owned or discount movie theatres.
Tickets will cost less (often only about a thousand naira or two), as will concessions. In addition, these theatres will be less crowded, so you're less likely to get stuck behind someone tall or in front of someone loud!
13. Check out your local zoo or museum
Usually these are inexpensive places to go on a date and explore a little. Occasionally, these places will also have free days. Some are free every day!
Check out whether your church or other local organizations have weekend retreats and camping trips.
You can find very inexpensive weekend getaways if it's organized by a group that's not for profit. If you're a member of the group and your date is too, you may find lots of time to enjoy together out in the woods sharing an activity you enjoy. Science fiction conventions and other shared personal interests can be great weekend or day-trip activities at very little cost and often turn romantic as long as your partner's as interested in it as you are.
15 Take him on a picnic!
Everybody has some different types of food in their fridge, surprise him! And a chocolate cake doesn't cost that much either. He'll be impressed and he'll think you are romantic too.
16. Take a splash on a pool or a beach.
If you're living on a subdivision or a place where there's a public pool included in the amenities, you can spend some time swimming and talking there while taking some food from your house nearby. Or you can go to a local beach resort. Some of these resorts offer a free or small amount entrance fees. Then, you can opt not to rent a cottage and just stay on the seaside. You can also bring some foods from home to the beach or purchase at a local store where prices are much cheaper.
Rent a movie to watch together.
You should enjoy period of bliss before, during and after your dates, you don't have to slit your throat to have fun.