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So you really like this person and you think they kinda like you back. There’s just one problem: you’re flat broke. Who knew falling in love could be so expensive? Here’s a list of ideas to keep both your date and your wallet happy. The best dates are ones where you try something different and create a new experience with that special person, so be sure to try as many ideas on this list as you can.
Yes, the stereotypical millennial date night. It’s probably the same thing you do every night, but this date night, it’s time to introduce your date to weird movie you really love—you know, the one where beavers come back from the dead and eat people or the one where zoo animals come back from the dead and eat people. You know it’s the perfect cuddling movie. Netflix also has a wide selection of rom-coms if your date’s just not into the movie where chickens come back from the dead and eat people. Or you could just binge watch The Office for the millionth time, at least you know you’re both obsessed with that show.
- Video Games
It’s one step up from Netflix in that you actually get to interact with your date. You could go to the Arcade or stay home and play the games you already own for free.
There’s no better way to bond with your date than some friendly competition in a relaxed atmosphere, that’s why this classic date night never goes out of fashion. Bowling goes best with a good bout of affectionate trash-talking, especially if you’re the one losing.
Alternatives: Mini Golf, Laser Tag, Go-kart Racing
- Pokémon GO
That’s right, the app that just won’t die. The best thing about Pokémon GO is that it takes you on an adventure to the best parts of town you would’ve never thought to explore on your own. Plus, it’s really addicting—promising more dates in the future. If collecting cartoon characters isn’t really your thing, there’s always Geocaching to get you outside and off the beaten path.
You might not be the most artsy person in the world, but nothing brings two people closer than making something together. There are millions of cute craft ideas on the internet. The best part is you’ll get to keep a memento to remind yourself of your significant other and the time you spent together making it.
- Hiking in Local Parks
Wherever you live, there’s bound to be local parks in your area that will let you get outdoors and experience the local flora and fauna it’s in purest state. There are few things more romantic than that.
- Be a Tourist in Your Own City
Yes, you’ve driven by a million times. Yes, it’s probably crowded with all those annoying tourists. But that’s not a reason to not get out and really experience your city. The best part is booking flights and hotels aren’t necessary.
- Free Museums
Chances are you haven’t been to a museum since that fourth grade field trip. It’s time to change that. Nothing will impress your date more than showing them your passion for the arts, history, or whatever it is you’re into.
- Free Concerts and Movie Screenings
Both big cities and small towns often offer free events over the summer. Keep an eye on the local events calendar; you might be surprised at all the fun things your area puts on that are completely free!
- A Picnic
Peanut butter on white bread tastes so much better in the great outdoors. A picnic doesn’t have to be extravagant to feel fancy. Bring a bottle of cheap wine if you’re old enough, or just mix some juice with sparkling water for that extra touch.