Cheap First Date Ideas That Wont Break the Bank

So you finally got up the courage to ask her out and she said yes! But now you have another issue, your low on cash but still really want to take her out.

Don’t worry! Here are several cheap first date ideas that your date will love.

The Zoo

Who doesn’t love the zoo? Not only is this a cheap date idea but also a fun date idea. You can walk around looking at the animals, browse in the gift shop and have tons of great conversation. Don’t forget to tell her one of your funny zoo stories from when you were a kid, she will love it.

Bowling

If your first date is during the week the bowling can be a fun and cheap first date idea. Many times bowling alleys will run specials on certain days during the week so call before you go to see what special they are having that day.

A Picnic

A picnic is a great first date idea that will give you time to chat and feel at ease together. Grab an old blanket make a few sandwiches, toss in a few snacks and pick up a cheap bottle of wine. Not only will she be impressed at your thoughtfulness but she will also love the idea of talking with you.

Volunteer At A Local Animal Shelter

What girl doesn’t want to see that you have a soft, caring side? Not only will volunteering at an animal shelter be a great way to show her your softer side but also will be a good thing for the shelter and your community. You can walk the dogs, play with the cats and just have a fun, not to mention free, date.

The Beach

You don’t have to wear a bathing suit at the beach, you don’t even have to go in the water. At the beach you can fly a kite, bike ride on the trails, toss the Frisbee around or just sit in the sun. You can also go in the water if you want to in regular clothes so that no one feels uncomfortable wearing a bathing suit on the first date. Bring an extra pair of shorts and shirt just in case and make sure to tell her to do the same. Having fun together is a sure way to impress your date.

A first date doesn’t have to be a budget busting, bank empting event. It can also be a great way to spend time with the girl you have been dying to take out for months and actually getting to know her.

Instead of draining your savings account why not appeal to her softer side and show her that you really put a lot of thought into your date and making it as easy going as possible. No one likes pressure on the first date and with these cheap first date ideas no one will feel uneasy which will surely help move you from date one to date two plus many more!

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Rhinestone b-boy
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This one is (obviously) inspired by the song ‘Rhinestone Cowboy‘ by Glen Campbell – but giving it a little up to date twist. It’s a screenprint on A3 paper with hand-painted pants and added rhinestone goodness. Unfortunately now that i’ve put the words ‘rhinestone cowboy’ down on paper (so to speak) I can’t get the bloody song out of my head. I suppose I should have guessed that would have happened. Oh well, I suppose I could have something more annoying running riot in my brain – perhaps ‘Blame it on the weatherman’ by B*witched. That would certainly count towards self-decapitation…

I can’t wait until we’ve got the screenprinter out again as i’ve got plenty of t-shirts & paper and a whole load of ideas that need to be used up. Hopefully sometime soon…

Cheers

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id-iom
Title: Like a rhinesone b-boy
Media: Hand pulled screenprint with hand finished pants and a couple of added rhinestones!
Size: A3

9 Romantic and Cheap Date Ideas

If you can’t afford the stereotypical date of dinner out at a fancy restaurant, don’t worry. There are plenty of things that you and your loved one can do on a very limited budget.

Whether you’re taking out someone special, rekindling the romance with your spouse or planning a night out with another couple, use these ideas for inspiration.

1. A picnic in the park. Few dates are as romantic as the simple picnic in the park. Pack a basket with some strawberries, homemade sandwiches and sparkling cider or wine. Even the most humble meal can be made special by eating it outdoors.

2. A bookstore visit. Go to a bookstore and read each other your favorite books from childhood. Pick out a travel book from a place you’d like to visit and share your dream vacation. There are so many things you can explore together at a boo store that you may want to go back more than once.

3. A walk on the beach. If you have an ocean nearby, be sure to take advantage of the romantic potential of a walk on the beach. Time your walk for early morning or late evening, just as the sun is making its most dramatic show in the sky. You can also visit a beach at night and enjoy a moonlit stroll.

4. Explore your home town. Go to the local visitor’s bureau and see what free events are coming to your area, or what hidden gems are around town that you may have forgotten about. Pretend you’re a visitor to your city and see it through new eyes. You’ll probably find a lot of free, or nearly free, activities that you never knew existed in your area. For example, many towns have walking maps of historical homes and landmarks.

5. Make your own game night. Raid the dollar store for a variety of different game pieces and create your own game. Mix up pieces from different games, like cards, dice, game pieces, etc. Make up rules and then write them down so you can play again in the future.

6. Explore local arts. Local music shows, art festivals and poetry readings are great ways to support the local arts and have a cheap date at the same time. Look through the Friday newspaper to get in touch with what’s going on over the weekend.

7. Travel games. Take a drive without knowing where you’ll end up. Make up a list of directions that you’ll follow before you leave your house. For example, “turn left at the first yellow house” or “go three miles past the first red sign.”

8. Take a tour. if you have a local food or beverage factory, you have a potential frugal date destination. Call the factory to see if they offer tours and book a date.

9. Volunteer. This date idea is perfect if you and your significant other care about protecting the world and helping others. Decide on your favorite cause as a couple and then look for opportunities to make a difference. Local soup kitchens, senior care facilities and environmental groups are always looking for volunteers.

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Argyle Cut
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Image by Blue Mountains Local Studies
Notes:
"In 1816, Governor Macquarie floated the idea of cutting a passage through the rock face to join the east and west sides of The Rocks community. As complaints were being voiced both in England and Sydney that Macquarie was wasting precious funds on unnecessary public utilities, Macquarie attempted to raise finance from local business. The only person who showed any interest in the project was fellow Scotsman, James Campbell, the colony’s most successful merchant who operated his business from premises in The Rocks.

The program languished until 1843 when convict chain gangs began their assault on the rock face with whatever hand tool could be found. It was completed in 1864. The rubble from the cut was used to construct many of The Rocks’ stone buildings of the era and in the reclamation and construction of the walls of Circular Quay. The Argyle Cut was widened to its present size around the turn of the 20th century. The rubble from the widening was used as landfill around the Darling Harbour foreshore."

Format: Albumen photo print, 223mm x 283mm.

Date Range: c.1870s

Licensing: Attribution, non-commercial, share alike, creative commons. If you use this image in any way, including blogs, Facebook and websites, you should attribute it to Blue Mountains City Library and provide a link back to this page. Resale or any other commercial use is prohibited without a written agreement. These same restrictions apply to secondary users.

Repository: Blue Mountains City Library www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcommunity/library

Part of: Local Studies Collection

Provenance: Photo album, purchased.

Links: History and more on the stone that was removed – sydneyforeveryone.com.au/city/the-rocks/sydney-quarries/a…
A 1901 image – www.flickr.com/photos/state-records-nsw/5061232836/
The Powerhouse Museum Rocks set on Flickr – www.flickr.com/photos/powerhouse_museum/sets/721576059467…

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Creative Aand Cheap Date Ideas

Whether you have dated a lot of people casually or you have been dating the same person for awhile, you may be looking for some creative date ideas. Dinner and a movie every time you go out can get a little bit stale, but there are some fun things that you can do to spice it up a bit. Even if you enjoy the dinner and movie tidbit, you can add something else in there every once and again to keep things interesting!

Do Something Creative
Many times we think about dating and we want to be entertained, by why not entertain yourselves? Why not create a painting together or pottery, or even make a sculpture out of recyclable goods? This is something that you can do together or you can even have a contest to see who can finish their project first. This can be very sensual or just a new and different way to connect.

Get Exploring
Want to do something fun and exciting on your date? Why not agree to go hiking or for a walk or bike ride to an area that neither of you has been to before? Skinny dipping, swimming, river rafting, scuba diving, these are all things that you could do along the way and it will allow you to see the person in a whole new way!

Do Something Good
Make time to do something good on a date. Instead of visiting the same restaurant and the same movie theatre, why not join forces on a date and do something good. This could be visiting an old folk’s home and cheering up the residents, helping with cleaning up a local park, volunteering, etc. This will bring out the best in both of you and it will set a good precedent.

Work with Animals
Animals can bring out the best in all of us. Get together and be a part of a pet adoption day or just bring your own pets to a dog park or something of this nature. This will have both of you laughing and sharing in a way that most of us do not on a first date, or on any kind of date.

Thinking outside the box for a date really will spice things up. The person that you are dating will thank you for your creativity as they will find that dinner and a movie is not all that is out there for them to do. Dating should be fun, it shouldn’t be something that you do automatically, instead it should be something that you put a little bit of thought into, always keeping things interesting.

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introspective
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I feel like I’m top of the world! Except I have acrophobia so with that feeling of top of the world comes feelings of nausea and dizziness haha.

Last few days have been totally mental. Started off with me finally getting the results from my Masters exams – PASS! That was a shock because I was really ill during the exams, got panic attacks every single day, heavily drugged up and couldn’t complete the paper for two of my courses. When I saw my statement of results, I was so shocked but grateful, I burst out in tears 😀

Then it was end of Ramadan (which was sad) and beginning of Eid (happy) – frantic family gatherings and eating coma-inducing food. Asian gatherings = food feasts so at some point I started feeling sick and because I’m a hypochondriac, I was convinced I had diabetes so I spent a few days refusing to eat food and generally freaking out haha. But after a few days of regular training & avoiding sugar/carbs, I felt back to normal just in time for my birthday cake 😀

Back in London, this time coincided with my aunt coming over from Desh so we had another gathering / birthday celebration. I’m at that age precipice to the Asian date-of-expiry (Adoe) for girls so I didn’t even realise that it was already August and slowly creeping up to my ageing-day. Anyway, I’ve decided I’m going to be at this age for the next 6 years so problem sorted.

We have three weddings coming up so this is also a time for the familial flocks to all gather from America, Canada, Australia, Switzerland and of course Bangladesh! HOUSE-FULL. This would normally be great except FrAsians (fresh Asians) have no concept of private space and I’m an only child, I NEED my Space … so not so great.

I also finally turned on my phone after a month of being dead and was attacked by a bunch of happy/concerned/angry texts over the course of time so I’m in kind of a tricky situation. On top of that, this dissertation creeped up on my arse and now I’m freaking out because I HAVE NO TIME LEFT! I mean, I thought I had time, but I didn’t take into account the family and the weddings so I’m feeling a bit frantic.

Things at work are picking up, which is both a good and a bad thing. Its good because it means funding money yay. But its bad because it means that my usually dormant role has become more active right when I’m feeling scarce in terms of time. I also have to juggle in a trip to Taiwan and I’m worried I might not be able to make it (already cancelled Vietnam/Singapore)!

So, as you can see if you’ve read this, feeling top of the world pretty much goes hand in hand with feeling nauseous, dizzy and overwhelmed. I also feel really really tired, I have no idea why but its really exhausting, feeling so tired 🙁 anyhow I suppose this is good-bye because I think I’m going to have to take a break from Flickr as well (I’ve already shut down the blog / FB / Twitter / etc.). I’ll see you when I see you (you better miss me and notice my absence peeps) 😀

Ciao for now! ox