Cheap Date Ideas You Can Dare to Do

Cheap Date Ideas You Can Dare to Do
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    Guys can’t win. We’re expected to shower our women with gifts that they must have or want, but we’re also encouraged to show love in the little things.

    Not every date with your girlfriend or wife has to be a pricey event, with some costing virtually nothing except the gas to get there and whatever food you decide to bring along.


In the spirit of finding cheap, but memorable things to do, we’re offering you five cheap date ideas you can dare to do.

1. Visit a state park

— What sort of adventures are in your area? State parks can be an excellent place for you and your beloved to visit, allowing you both to take in a well tended garden, view majestic vistas and enjoy wildlife. You may need to pay a nominal entrance fee, but everything else is free. Put on your walking shoes, wear long, but loose fitting pants and shirts to avoid ticks and pack a lunch. Stay on the beaten trail or if you’re an expert hiker trail blaze through dense forest. The gift shop may be the only challenge to your wallet.

2. Go wine tasting

— Unless you live in a wine growing region of the country, such as Napa Valley, you might not even know that there is a winery in your area. Every state, including Alaska, has wineries and many are open for tours and wine tasting with no obligation for you to buy. Walk among the oak casks and compare wines. If you find something you like, the price is generally much cheaper than what you’d fine in the store. Visit to find a winery near you.

3. Take in a matinee

— Not at the movies, but at your local university. The theater department spends hours practicing an upcoming play and may allow you to sit in. If not, take in a live production. Some college theater productions are top notch — the Yale School of Drama is considered as one of the best in the country. Northwestern, Vassar, Cal State Fullerton and the University of Arizona are among other good theater programs. Community and technical colleges can offer some good shows too.

4. Hit the market

— In warmer months, area farmer’s markets are brimming with people. At peak times of the year, you’re certain to find the widest variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Why not head to the market, inspect what is being offered and pick what you want and bring these farmer finds home for the two of you to cook together? You’ll find that the food is tasty, the company divine and you’ll have spent money on what you would have had to purchase anyway.

5. Stop in a museum

— Every Washington, D.C. museum that is run by the federal government does not charge admission. That’s good, because the District of Columbia is a pricey destination. Most of us don’t live near enough to the nation’s capital to take advantage of what the city has to offer, but quite a few state supported museums are free. Or, it will accept a nominal donation. Take in European art, African sculptures, Asian tapestries and an assortment of nouveau or aged paintings and artifacts at your local museum. You might spend hours taking in all that you see without paying a cent, except perhaps for parking and for getting a snack. Visit to search for a museum near you.

Of course, springing for dinner out with tickets to a new theater production could be her way of a grand evening. At least some of the time. But, there are countless ways you can create a date, allowing you and your loved one to enjoy each other’s company and to allow romance to blossom all over again.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Matt's Musings", his personal blog. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and blogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".