Cheap Date Ideas

There is no doubt about it, dating can be expensive. However, it doesn't have to be, cheap dates can be just as much fun as pricey ones. This is a guide about cheap date ideas.
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October 20, 2011 Flag

You would be surprised at how many movies/DVDs are available at SwapaDVD.com. You can get rid of old movies you really don't want anymore, and get new ones for the cost of postage (usually $2.05). Nothing like snuggling on a couch with a good movie.

If you can't think of movies you might like (because you have never heard of them), they have different search engines that really do the trick.

By Suntydt from Tazewell, TN

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November 20, 2010 Flag

My boyfriend and I go to the movies a lot and it and can cost a lot to go. It gets old renting or going to the movies all the time. There is not much to do. I live in a small town. I need some date ideas. Cheap date ideas. Thank you.

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August 19, 20060 found this helpful

We have some friends that go into the city for an occasional free concert in a park. Take a blanket (easier to carry around that a couple of chairs). Take along a rolling cooler filled with drinks, cut veggies, fruit & sandwiches, if you choose.

Watch for those free magazines you can pick up at convenience stores. They keep them by the entrance doors. Usually those have upcoming events listed in the back. Some of those are free. Mark your calendar of the free events & try to take in as many as you can, if gas allows. Best of luck!

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December 1, 20070 found this helpful

Used bicycles are cheap and plentiful, sometimes free. There may be a bicycle touring group near you. That can be fun, I'm trying to talk my wife into doing that next spring. It's too cold here now though.

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January 13, 20080 found this helpful

We have 3 kids and bowling is inexpensive and very fun. It's nice to cheer each other on and do a little happy dance when someone does well. Usually the pizza or snacks are pretty cheap too.

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April 21, 20080 found this helpful

3 words

silly string war

its totally fun

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December 30, 20090 found this helpful

Go to the food store and read all of the labels for ingredients.

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June 17, 20100 found this helpful

I agree with b1write about the broke college kids. Ask what they do, or better yet, try and remember what you did. I'm a big sushi fan so I'm always looking for new sushi specials around town. And believe me, there are plenty of them, lots of 1/2 priced nights and $1 roll happy hours. A couple could fill up and enjoy the atmosphere for less than $20. My advise, just remember to keep your youth as long as possible and you'll always be happy and in love!

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful

I just wrote a bunch of stuff, hit a button, and lost it. :-( But I'll write it again!

I looked at your profile and feedback and figured out that you're 22 or 23, and from Oklahoma (I'm in central Oklahoma).

When my husband and I were in college, a couple times we went and got jigsaw puzzles. It took a few sittings to complete them, and we enjoyed the quiet time together, doing something different. Around Christmas last year we checked Barnes and Noble, and their puzzles seemed pricey. Back in the day we got ours at Hastings, and last week I noticed jigsaw puzzles at Hobby Lobby, they have 40% off coupons regularly.

Part of the time we were in college, we were still living with our parents. A few times we took over one of the kitchens and made a nice meal. You could do that, or bake and decorate cookies. And he can help you clean up afterward!

I don't know which part of the state you're in. I grew up in the SW part of the state. The Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge is right outside where I grew up. Sometimes we'd drive through at night, find a lake, get out and listen to the night and look at the stars. If you do something like this, slow down while driving! Buffalo cross the roads whenever they please. There are no road lights (at least there weren't 20 years ago!), and the buffalo are dark, so you don't see them until you're kind of close. You're just enjoying your time together anyway, so it's okay to slow down a bit for your drive. :-) And if you get out of your car, stay in a parking area that they've provided, and stay near your car. It's dark; there are critters out there, and you don't want to get lost.

Christmas is here, so you could go looking at lights. In Lawton they had the Boulevard of Lights. They've moved it from Gore Boulevard to Elmer Thomas Park, so I don't know if they've changed the name, too. But I understand that you can get out and walk around. Chickasha has the Festival of Lights. We went maybe 5 years ago. My best friend and her sons followed our car. I made rice crispy treats for everyone. We drove through slowly (anticipate lots of traffic!) and ate our treats. They had an area where you could get out and walk, but we didn't do that (it was cold and we had small kids).

OKC has Bricktown. We went a couple years ago, the weekend before the big ice storm hit. Good timing, because everything was so damaged from the storm (some places lost power for weeks). We went on a horse drawn carriage ride. We had to pay for it, but they provided a heavy blanket, and it was nice to be outside and see everything. They also have free canal rides during the Christmas season. We got to ride with some drunk business people. Normally we'd just blow it off, but we had a little kid with us. Other than the drunk people (they weren't offensive, just loud), the ride was very nice. They had a Santa riding around on a Segway, and I think that there were people caroling. Plus, if it's in your budget, there are places to eat all around there.

I don't know much about the eastern part of the state. I suspect that there are other wildlife areas, and Christmas lights to be seen -- particularly towards Tulsa. I hope you find something fun to do (that doesn't cost too much!).

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November 21, 20100 found this helpful

Sounds like you really enjoy movies but are "tired" of renting. Ever since the grand-kids were little, we had a "special time" when we got together and watched movies. We had the popcorn made and drinks, etc. It was like "oh boy!" we get to watch a movie! The attitude is what matters. Picnics even inside are great! "Pretend" you are in a jungle or whatever. Play Scrabble, Clue, poker games, Sorry, Chinese checkers, regular checkers, UNO, other card games I can't recall now. Wow, we've had hours of enjoyment out of these!

My grand-kids all know NOT to gamble, but we have played penny poker for years for fun. The reason the casinos are huge, and have shows, etc. is it is all geared to THEY win. So if you want to throw money away or just burn it, then gamble. They have a clear understanding but we still have oodles of fun playing various poker games!

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

I loved to go to farmer's markets or to fields where they let you pick your own berries or beans or whatever. Both of those are fun. You could also look for charities to volunteer together. Visit senior citizens, serve food at a homeless shelter, walk dogs at a pet shelter. All of those are free and will give you many happy memories together while also doing something good for others.

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November 22, 20100 found this helpful

My boyfriend and I used to play cards and make a pizza as a cheap date. Puzzles as someone else suggested would be nice, or board games; Monopoly, Trivial pursuit, whatever you like to do. Invite another couple over for snacks and board games or cards. Take some kind of lessons together, dancing, Karate, etc. That might not be the cheapest, but it would be very useful. Try art galleries and museums.

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