How To Plan A Chea Date For Your Boyfriend

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How to Plan a Cheap Date for Your Boyfriend

Sam Stieler

Written by: Sam Stieler

Sam Stieler

Sam has been writing about dating and relationships for more than three years now. He holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, has self-published a few of his own books and is currently working on mastering the double right turn in his salsa dancing classes.

Edited by: Lillian Castro

Lillian Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of journalism experience to ensure DatingAdvice articles have been edited for overall clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement. She has worked at The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, The Gwinnett Daily News, and The Gainesville Sun covering lifestyle topics.

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Don’t be fooled — an affordable date can be just as fun, exciting and memorable as even the most expensive night out with your man. To plan a great cheap date, you simply need to get a little more creative and make sure whatever you plan appeals to your sense of fun, adventure and spontaneity.

1. Go camping in your back yard.

Sure, you can always take your tent and sleeping bag out into the woods for the weekend, but driving out to some wilderness and paying park fees often costs a little too much to qualify as “free.”

Instead, go camping in your back yard! Set up a tent on the grass, start a fire to cook on and create a ban against all technology like phones and laptops. It won’t take long before you feel like you’ve traveled miles out of town, all without spending a dime.

2. Challenge him to a game.

It doesn’t matter much what game you play together, as long as it’s one that both of you enjoy. If your man used to play basketball, then challenge him to a one-on-one game. If your man is great at chess, then bring a board to the park and have at it.

This date will work well regardless of whether you really pose much of a challenge to your man or not, and often it’s more fun if you’re clearly outmatched. When that’s the case, your man will love to teach you a few moves to up your game.


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3. Pretend to be tourists together.

If you and your man have lived in your town or city for long enough, then even it’s most wonderful attractions will seem pretty boring and run-of-the-mill. Take a day off to hit up all of the (free) places a couple would visit, and take pictures as if you two are visiting your home for the first time!

If you’re in New York City, throw on some ugly sweaters and take pictures at Times Square. If you’re in San Francisco, geek out together over the Golden Gate Bridge, and walk around the Ferry Building Farmers Market to snag free samples from all the vendors. At the end of the day, your city won’t be the only thing you look at with fresh eyes!

4. Craigslist freebie day.

You’ve probably used Craigslist before to find an apartment, sell your old furniture, or even to find a job, but did you know the popular online bulletin board has an entire forum devoted to giving away free stuff?

Spend a day with your man responding to as many of these posts as possible in an attempt to end up with a whole lot of free loot by the end of the day. Items on Craigslists’ “Free” forum move quickly, so you’ll need to act fast to snag the best deals!

5. Throw a garage sale.

With enough Craigslist Freebie Days, you’re going to end up with a whole lot of stuff you will probably never use. Combined with all the stuff you already own that you never seem to drag out of the closet anymore, there’s a good chance you could throw one hell of a garage sale!

Put out an ad, set up a few tables on your front lawn, price everything ridiculously low, and spend the day with your man haggling with the colorful characters who turn up for these occasions. Forget free dates — throwing a garage sale can be a profitable date.

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