Dating on a college budget
So, you've finally worked up the nerve to ask out that guy you've been eyeing in the coffee shop every morning. If you're in need of a little creative kickstart when it comes to the perfect first date ideas, we've got the list for you! And if it goes well, pick a book for him to read and have him pick one for you. Find something to refurbish, and meet later to do it together. Even if you don't follow through on drinks, you'll still have a new '80s windbreaker or pair of mom jeans. Always remember, however, that for safety and comfort reasons, first dates with someone you don't know in person yet should happen in public places. Find a museum with cheap admission and learn something! Whether it's a high school or community production, tickets are often inexpensive, the shows are fun, and the experience will spark conversation afterward.
Luckily for you, the most fun date ideas are in public!
Besides all the browsing, antique shopping comes with a built-in second date. Go to a thrift store and pick outfits to wear out for a drink.
Put your hair back (check out these 18 pigtail hairstyles for grown-ups) and throw on a cap, and you're ready to go.
Professional sports tickets are probably out of your price range, but smaller games are affordable, if not free. Going to a comedy club isn't that expensive, but if you want to save cash, some clubs, bars, and coffeehouses have free open-mic nights so you can catch some up-and-coming performers. Give people backstories, discuss interesting characters, and get to know each other.
Check calendars for convention centers, performing arts halls, parks, social clubs, and the like. Whatever you find, you'll have plenty to talk about.
It could be the municipal marching band, an amateur piano recital, or a choral concert. Find out what venues bring in local acts, and give them a chance. See: 7 Badass Female-Powered Movies You Need To See In 2017 28. Head to a busy place—a mall, train station, downtown area—and enjoy the sites. Instead of dinner and a movie, do a movie then dinner, or coffee then a movie. See: 8 Netflix Original Series You Need To Watch 30. Besides being fun and nostalgic, skating will allow you to talk on the go. When you get tired or if conversation wavers, head home. You can improve your 'hood and get to know each other. Bonus points if you take a break at a coffeehouse for lattes and conversation. Okay, maybe you won't be able to make a meal of it, but you can make it a date. Ice-skate, roller-skate, Roller-blade—whatever gets you moving and is weather-appropriate. Step out your door and walk—with no specific destination—until you decide to turn. If you don't mind getting down and dirty on the first date, grab plastic bags, rubber gloves, and old shoes, and hit the streets. Rent city bikes or take your own bikes around the city. Lululemon offers complimentary yoga classes, Home Depot gives DIY home improvement courses, and Williams-Sonoma teaches cooking. You can play one-on-one, against another couple, or stick to playing Horse. It's a nice way to start your day, and you'll have a partner to help with the puzzle. Talk music, family, and nostalgia while flipping through rows of classics. Admission is cheap, and the animals will give you lots to talk about.