How to Be Cheap Date

Whether you prefer feeling pampered or splitting the bill, dating is usually expensive for at least one of the participating members. A good date shouldn’t be about spending money, of course; it’s about getting to know another person and testing your compatibility. A $15 movie ticket and fancy dinner isn’t going to increase your chances of getting along. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to enjoy your potential-significant-other’s company, try one of these fun yet economical options:
Try a campus event: Instead of going to a movie in town, get tickets to a student drama production or go to your school’s home soccer game. Admission will probably range on the $5 to free scale, so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank to have fun. And along with an exciting evening, you’ll feel great about supporting your school.
Wander: Find a particularly nice afternoon or evening and go on a stroll through town. Soak in the sights together, wander to your favorite scenic spots, and simply enjoy being with each other. If you’re feeling particularly indulgent, pack snacks and have a mini picnic for one of your destinations.
Go to the mall: If you haven’t experienced the pure, unadulterated joy of playing with puppies at your local mall’s pet store, you’re missing out. If you aren’t a dog lover, simply window shopping is a fun way to just get to know another person.
Let your musical side out: Go to an open mic or karaoke night, or see what local bands are playing for cheap or free nearby. You might have to perform and make something of a fool of yourself, but the two of you can bond over your taste in music and lack of singing skills.
Cook: Show off your mad kitchen skills by treating your date to a meal of your own creation. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy—spaghetti and meatballs is heaven after weeks of dining hall food—but setting up a nice table with someone you like can be enormously fun. Better yet, invite your date to help you in the kitchen.
Show off your inner child: Go to a playground, the zoo, or town festival. Admission will either be cheap or totally free, and the casual setting will allow the two of you to feel totally comfortable letting your silly side show.
Be artsy: Plenty of museums and art shows are free to the public, so take advantage of what your college town has to offer. Wandering through an art exhibit is not only the perfect socializing opportunity, but you’ll come away looking cultured as well.

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