Inexpensive Dating Ideas for Young Women

by Shannan Palma

About Shannan Palma

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Shannan Palma has been writing since 1999, with work appearing in "The New St. Martin's Handbook," the "Academic Exchange" and other publications. Palma is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Emory University.

Inexpensive Dating Ideas for Young Women

You want the date to go well, but you need the date to be affordable. It's a common enough problem. Ignore all those commercials implying that true love has to be expensive. With a little forethought, a young woman can absolutely show the object of her affection a good time without breaking the bank.

Explore the Arts

Look up university calendars online. Most schools regularly put on plays and concerts with low-cost tickets, and you'd be surprised at the number of readings and lectures that are free and open to the public. Most museums have free days. If you don't have a fine arts scene near you, create your own. Rent a bunch of movies in the same genre, print up a program with in-jokes for the two of you, and start your own private film festival tradition.

Venture Outdoors

Take a hike near the river. Walk the cart path at a golf course. Go on a picnic. Take your dog(s) to the park and let laughter reign over Rover's antics. Drive outside the city limits and lie on a blanket gazing at the stars. Check the paper for information on upcoming free concerts at local parks. Join the popular geocaching movement and participate in a high-tech global treasure hunt.

Share Your Hobbies

Meet for drinks in a bar with a band you like. Take a beginning swing-dancing class together. Go to the drive-in. Go to a fresh-air farmer's market and pick out items for a romantic dinner you can cook together. Introduce your date to your favorite quirky thing to do -- whether it be canning, woodworking, playing a musical instrument, gaming or even karaoke. Sign up as a team of two for Trivia Night.

Think Local

Look for location-specific websites like Time Out that list upcoming events in your area. They almost all have a section for cheap or free things to do. Be a tourist in your own town. Check out the landmarks you've always taken for granted. Buy a couple of disposable cameras and go on a photo-taking expedition for the day. Take a drive around the city through an area with interesting architecture.

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