Imagine my delight, as a “starving artist”, when I stumbled upon a round-table discussion in which women describe the best cheap dates a man has ever taken them on. Duly noted, ladies! Here’s a quick run-through of some great date ideas for the economically challenged among us (see the full post for more):
Picnic at a Vineyard
Most vineyards offer free tastings and tours. The catch: they want you to dine in the on-site five-star steakhouse afterward or leave with a few bottles under your arm. Pack a picnic basket instead.
Off-Season Weekend Getaways
Ever wonder what happens at ski areas in the summer? Or beachfront properties in the winter? Hotels and restaurants slash prices, that’s what. Take advantage. Your itinerary may be rather unassuming, but instead of seeming cheap it seems quirky, creative, and really cool.
Related: 5 Kisses Everyone Should Master
Brewery tours make for a great first date — the atmosphere is super laid-back, you’re constantly engaged by outside stimuli (thus limiting the number of awkward silences) and you get to drink … (usually) for free! Furthermore, if things are going well, many tours (like the one at Boston’s Samuel Adams flagship) offer coupons to nearby restaurants that serve their beer.
Take Advantage of Students in Training
If you live near a university with a hospitality management or culinary program, there’s a good chance you can dine at an on-campus student-run restaurant with bottom-floor prices and servers and chefs eager to please (since their grades depend on it). Likewise, masseuses-in-training often offer in-home rubdowns at a fraction of the cost you’d pay at a spa.