“Bing” recently posted a very poor attempt at defining the concept of a “free” date, including favorite/best ideas such as: a picnic, hiking in areas of natural beauty, double movie night, lake swimming and teaching your date/partner a skill. A “free” date night is challenging, but lower cost is very possible; thumbs up for doing it with style.
First, remember that this is supposed to be date “night”. As such, there goes the traditional picnic, the hiking, and lake swimming (as Bing offered). Moreover, if your date offers to show you how to perform some minor household repairs as the focus of your date (another of the author’s ideas), I’d say you must be very committed already if you’re impressed with the offering. “Double movie night” may be acceptable, but the movies alone sure lack the creativity that warrants being included on a “favorite/best list.” We can do better!
Ø Most museums and art galleries regularly have dates with later hours, particularly for special showings that are open to the general public.
Ø Challenge the person to a few rounds of your favorite gaming system distractions,BYFS…..bring you favorite snacks.
Ø Cook a meal together.
Ø Take night walks during special seasons (e.g., Christmas) to view lighting.
Ø Visit a unique mall, Chinatown, or other dense ethnocentric communities with brightly lit and robust centers for night time strolling, window gazing, and sharing the sounds and scents of different people.
Ø Have you bowled in a while? Ever?
Ø Libraries sponsor (free) cultural films and speakers.
Ø Members of the same gym or have a guest pass? Head to the gym for an alternative activity….swimming, hot tub, steam room, tennis or racquetball.
Ø Local colleges have lower priced student productions.
Ø Attend a seasonal church musical program or play.
Ø Pull out lively board games set to your favorite background music.
Ø Rental Movies – watch a couple. But, fix an unusually flavored popcorn or alternative light and voluminous snack.
Date night can be a lot of things, but it does not need to be expensive. Contact us with relevant comments.
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