Fun Dates at Low Cost
By Celina Richards
Yippee! She said yes! The girl you've been trying to ask out for the past couple
of months just agreed to go out with you. However, you have one small problem.
Fresh out of college and just starting out on your new job, you don't have much
left in your pocket to pay for a fancy dinner. But you really want to impress
her and have a good time together. What can you do on a date that would actually
cost less but FEEL expensive?
Well, read on, and you will find plenty of cost-saving dating activities which
are equally romantic and fun!
1. Go for a Hike
Unless she's completely not an outdoor person, going for a walk in a natural
environment gives the both of you private time to talk. Plus, the beautiful and
fresh surroundings will definitely put your hearts at ease. In fact, if you know
much about flora and fauna, you can actually impress her with your version of a
nature tour guide.
2. Day at the Beach
Beaches have always been fun, warm and perfect for dates. It won't cost you
much, but it's a great place to talk and picnic, relax or sun-bathe. Walks along
the beach are hopelessly romantic especially when combined with the soothing
effects of the waves and the breeze. Lakes are good substitutes if you don't
live near the sea, as the water brings the same calming effect as the sea.
3. Dinner at home
Eating out will cost you, but alternatively setting up a candlelight dinner in
the comfort of your own home which will cost you much less. If you are a good
cook, you can definitely impress her with your culinary skills in a romantic
setting. After that, you can top the evening by setting up the patio for coffee
or wine and star gazing.
4. Movie at the drive-in
This is a classic hang-out for our parents. However, this doesn't mean that it's
too old-fashioned for us. At a drive-in you get to watch movies with others,
while maintaining privacy in your own car. And you can share you snacks and
sodas between the both of you, have your conversations and not worry about being
too noisy to your neighbor. Best of all, you only need to pay for your tickets
for this great date.
Ice-skating is not just for teenagers or little kids, but is a great way to
bring couples together. It's a great opportunity for you to hold hands, fall
down and laugh! And if you are an expert, you can teach her one or two of your
ice-skating tricks. She'll have so much fun she'll be asking you for the next
6. Surprise! Surprise!
All girls love surprises. You'll just have to creative with your surprise ideas
and catch her off guard. For example, leave little gifts like key-chains,
bookmarks, or even roses accompanied with sweet and short messages. Girls love
these small gifts, and although they don't cost much, they will go a long way.
Planning a romantic date does not always necessarily have to cost you a lot of
money. Using your creativity to the best effect can actually gain you more
points to her heart.
Celina Richards is a counselor and dating coach in private practice since 1995.
She offers dating-relationship coaching, singles group coaching and ongoing
coaching for singles & unmarried couples. She started writing articles to help
singles with the knowledge and tools they need to find and sustain lasting