Every couple of weeks I’ve noticed the subject of the “$200 date” pop up on my Twitter timeline. Personally, I don’t see why $200 has been the “magic” amount when it comes to setting the bar at the cost of a date. I’ve had fun on dates that were $25 and have been miserable on dates that were $5000 weekend excursions. In a recession, spending exorbitant amounts of money isn’t always the most feasible thing to do on  a date. But there are tons of cheap date ideas, that only involve a little imagination and even less money.

Brunch & A Matinee
When you’re doing a traditional date that involves dinner and a movie, try opting for a brunch special at a local restaurant and a matinée. Also, instead of buying overpriced popcorn at the theater, bring your own from the grocery store.

Make A Spa At Home
Imagination and $25 can go a long way and you can have fun. Pick up a kiddy pool and turn your backyard into a spa. Add some water and bubble bath.  Add tea lights to area surrounding your “spa”. Burn some essential oils and add some background music. Your backyard is now your own personal oasis.

Multitasking Picnics
Need a purpose to clean out your fridge? Well plan a picnic around the chore. You’ll save time on buying picnic items by using what you already have in your fridge, as well as getting stuff done around your house.

Give Back
Volunteering is a way to be creative as well as getting to know your date. Pick a cause that you both feel strong about and make it a day of giving back. Head to your local shelter or animal shelter. Volunteering can give you an idea of a person’s ideals and how they feel about different causes.

Not every date has to cost $200 or any money at all. Be creative, and think outside of the box. A low cost date may end up being your best one ever.

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