Dating On A Budget: How To Date In A Recession

Fun yet affordable places to go out on dates

By: Taren Vaughan

The options are truly unlimited when it comes to places to take your dates. Some people like to be treated to meals at fancy restaurants. Others may enjoy romantic walks in the park. Although there are many choices out there, some of them can be a little pricey. Going out on dates should be enjoyable but should not cost you an arm and a leg to do so.

Here are some activities that you can do on a date that won’t put a dent in your wallet.

Carnivals: Similar to amusement parks, local carnivals are always a good place to take your date. Admission prices are very reasonable for carnivals. In addition to the traditional games and rides, some carnivals have exhibits that you can visit. The best part of going to carnivals is the food selection. By the end of the night, you and your date will have loads of prizes and full stomachs. I like to think of attending carnivals as a two for one deal.

Parks: If you are an outdoor person, a trip to the park is right up your alley. You and your date can take a walk on the trail and enjoy a picnic afterwards. Depending on the park, there may be paddle boats available to get on. The best part about the park is that no admission fee is required to enter. The downside to going to a park is that there may be set hours that the park can be occupied. This may have to be an early date depending on which park you chose.

Downtown Events: In most cities, you can usually catch some sort of event going on downtown. You and your date can listen to local artists perform and hear poetry readings as well. Just like the park, attending events held downtown is free of charge. This dating option is definitely contingent upon how safe your city’s downtown area is. Yes, you want to go on an affordable date but you don’t want to have to watch your back every five minutes.

Skating: During our younger days, one of the popular hang out spots was the skating rink. But who’s to say you won’t have the same amount of fun skating as an adult? Going on dates to the skating rink is a fun way to interact with your date. Admission and skate rental can cost around $10.00 total per person. Depending on your personal preference, you can chose to go ice skating or roller skating.

Other Ideas: Bowling, miniature golf and laser tag are great options for those who like group dating. These places offer sizeable discounts, making the date less expensive.

A few simple adjustments can save you money but still result in a fun filled night. Instead of going to a movie theater, rent some movies. Redbox one day rentals have become the popular thing now with a rental cost of a dollar per movie. The machines are located in front of your neighborhood Harris Teeter and select Walgreen Pharmacy stores. If you are in the mood for a meal, cook dinner with your date instead of traveling to an expensive restaurant to eat.

As you can see, there are definitely ways to have a good time without breaking your pockets. Dating should not be postponed due to a lack of funds. Always remember to be creative when it comes to planning your dates and don’t be afraid to try something new.

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