How to Plan a Great Date With Very Little Money
OUR FIRST DATE: What Was He Thinking? What Was I Thinking?
I was twenty-two, just moved to Hawaii and was hired as a DJ at a local night club. There, I met the man I would eventually marry. But first, the dating would begin. One evening after the club closed down, we had a discussion with a few other employees on who could spend the least amount of money on a date and still have a great time. My future husband stood up and claimed in a matter of fact voice that he could spend $15.00 on a date and that she would have the time of her life. I stood up and said "That's impossible!" He asked me out and I accepted.
I was so excited and couldn't wait for our first (of what I hoped would be many) date. He picked me up in his old beat up pick up truck, drove us to Hamura's Saimin Stand where we ate a Deluxe bowl of Saimin (Noodle Soup) with chop sticks. Something I have yet to conquer since being so new in the islands. (Total cost was $10 for 2 Saimin's and 2 sodas) I was then informed that we would be going to the movies (your typical first date thing to do). As we passed by the only movie theater on the island, my mind began to go wild with thought of what was in store for me. Perhaps he was going to drive me into the cane field and kill me, or worse yet.. take me home and cut the date short after he saw how I couldn't use chop sticks properly.
It turned out that there was another movie theater called the ROXY, an old theatre built in the thirties that only showed Japanese movies with sub-titles. You know the ones: Where the actor would speak, but the sound would be 3 beats behind with the sub-title on the bottom of the screen.
He explained to me that these movies were classics and this theater had the best popcorn on the island. (Total cost of movie $2.00/ $1.00 per person and $3.00 for popcorn)
He was right on with the popcorn acclaim, however, it was soon forgotten as the opening scene of the movie involved a man getting his head chopped off in a sword fight and rolling down hill and stopping at the feet of a Samurai.
After watching the rest of the movie with my eyes closed, he then proceeded to drive me home through the back roads of Wailua. It had rained a bit while we were in the movie and this seemed to excite my date. He announced that we were going to do a little toad hopping on the way home. "Is that anything like leap-frog?," I asked. "You'll see," he replied.
As we continued up the mountain, I began to see the toads appear on the road and it was his goal to see how many he could "pop." That answered the question as to why I would always see toads flat on their back in the middle of the roads. (Total cost of Toad Hopping- $0)
What was he thinking? I married him 7 years later. What was I thinking?
How to Plan the Perfect Date
Planning a great date with very little money may take a lot of imagination, but it can be done.
Especially with the economy as it is now, it is so important to be frugal with our funds. In doing so, does this mean that we have to give up dating or doing something nice for the person we love? Absolutely not. You just need to think it through a little bit and be original.
As they say, "Think outside the box!"
I have always been big on using your brain and to make do with the resources you have.
Planning a date can be so much fun because the possibilities are endless.
Creating a Great Date With Very Little Money
How much money do you think you would need to plan a great date?
Something for Everyone
Here you will find a list of 20 ideas to Plan a Great Date with Very Little Money. Each idea is a base to start with. There you can add to it or create a date of your own building on these ideas. Remember to be creative and have fun planning the date together or surprise each other occasionally.
- Create a theater experience in your own home: Rent a movie, make lots of popcorn, add your favorite drinks and turn off the lights. (Don't forget to cuddle up to one another)
- Have a progressive fast food date: (example:Start off with a salad at Jack in the Box, stuffed baked potato and drink at Wendy's, double dipped cone at Dairy Queen)
- Clean out your friends or relatives garage, or do a little yard work together. Call it Compassionate Exercise!
- Forego the expensive wine bars and have a few beers at a local bar. Be sure to check and see if they have a pool table or perhaps a dart board and challenge each other to a few games. Loser gives the winner a massage when you get home.
- Take a walk on the beach and gather shells for a home project.
- Ladies, talk about cars with your honey and then go take a test drive in one of his favorites.
- Fix your favorite BBQ then spend the night stargazing with the assistance of a book on constellations. See how many you can find and then test each other.
- Don't spend all your money at a pricey spa. Spend the night in pampering each other by running a bubble bath then treating each other to a personal massage.
- Double date with another couple and spend the day at a local farm picking fruit. Bring your treasures back to your home, get creative with each other and see who can come up with the best recipe using the fruit you picked.
- Go on a wine tour with other couples.
Wonderful items to help you plan that "Great Date"
- Challenge him to a bowling match. Once there, psyche your man out by reminding him how many people wore his shoes before him. Then replace his name with a silly name on the scoreboard for the whole bowling alley to see.(example: Stud Muffin, Sweet Cheeks, Sugar lips)
- Bring out the inner child in you both and take a trip to the zoo! While visiting the monkeys, have a debate on why it would be a bad idea to have one as a pet. When you get home, take a shower together and do some monkeying around yourself.
- Some towns have local street faires every week. Spend a couple of hours at the faire and then find a good Mexican restaurant for margaritas and nachos.
- The day of your first snow, build a snowman together then take a picture of you both with the snowman using a camera with a timer. (This will be your Christmas card you send out) After the picture taking, treat yourself to a hot chocolate and cinnamon rolls.
- Both volunteer your time at a soup kitchen serving meals to the needy and homeless.
- Attend a church sermon together.
- Spend the night playing Scrabble or Monopoly while munching on your favorite finger foods.
- Donate blood together.
- Spend the evening driving around your city looking for places you haven't seen before.
- Call your local Senior Care facility to find out how many patients are there. Buy enough little $1.00 plants from your local nursery, buy a package of Popsicle sticks, then cut out hearts with construction paper and write "YOU ARE LOVED" on each one. Glue the heart to the stick and then place the stick into each pot. Visit each patient to let them know how much they are thought of and present the plant to them.
About the Author
Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.
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