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Big First Date Ideas For People With Small Bank Accounts


You’ve browsed all the online dating profiles, you’ve sent some flirty messages back and forth with an intriguing single, you’ve confirmed that they aren’t crazy by running an Instant Checkmate background check, and now comes the moment of the truth—actually meeting in person to go out on a date. But unfortunately, you need to find a date you can do for cheap. As much as you’d like to impress your date with a lavish night out on the town, your personal budget is already thinner than a Ukrainian fashion model. Fear not, because what you lack in cash, you can compensate for in thoughtfulness with one of these super affordable first date ideas.

Big First Date Ideas For People With Small Bank Accounts

1) Visit An Art Museum

Since you want to spend your first date getting to know the other person, why don’t you go to a place where there is literally a conversation piece on every single wall? Many museums simply ask for a “suggested donation,” which means you only have to pay what you’re able to afford. And even the ones that don’t typically have “free days” that allow the general public to admire the artwork completely free of charge.

2) Go Rollerskating

Are you both fit and adventurous? Then go for a more physical outing by buying a pair of rollerskates and making your way around a city. You can cruise up bike routes, sidewalks, or beach boardwalks. Just don’t forget to bring your helmets and a healthy sense of childlike fun.

3) See A Community Theatre Play

Seeing a movie at the multiplex is so cliche. For the same price, you can see real live actors perform at one your city’s playhouses. Seeing a “preview” of a play still in rehearsals might even give you an opportunity to chat with the performers and the director after the show.

4) Hang Out At A Dive Bar

While a fancy restaurant is nice, you really get to know a person at your local dive bar. Pick a place that has a dart board and a pool table and challenge each other to a few games over a couple beers.

5) Cook At Home

Did you both list “cooking” as a hobby in your dating profile? Show off your culinary prowess and swap recipes by whipping up one of your signature dishes at home. You can indulge in your mutual love of the epicurean arts for a fraction of the price of dining out. Plus, you won’t even have to pay for parking.

6) Window Shop At Antique Stores

Does your city have an antique district or an area with unusual shops? Take your date to browse the curious knick-knacks of the past and speculate what you’d buy if you won the lottery. The unusual and quaint artifacts for sale are all the conversational lubrication you need to get to know your date better.

7) Stargaze On A Clear Night

A blanket, a cloudless night, a telescope, and a bottle of wine is all you need to enjoy an evening of peering at the heavens with your first date. This works best if your date is really into science or spirituality.

About the author: 

Pilar Treston is a blogger from Concord, New Hampshire.  He writes about online dating and relationships.

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