The restaurant and movie theater are the two main places for dating. However, a fancy restaurant meal for one person may be priced above $10. A fast food restaurant meal for one person may be priced above $5. The movie theater ticket may be sold at $5 to $10 per adult ticket, plus food costs. Instead of spending so much money on a date, I believe that guys and gals should just spend less than $5 for the entire date.
Here are inexpensive but worthwhile date ideas.
1. The Library
At the library, you may take your boyfriend/girlfriend to your favorite area. Remember that the library is a quiet place, so use your indoor voice while reading together. The quietness should give you an incentive to snuggle up with your boyfriend/girlfriend and read the book together. The library is a great opportunity for you to test your boyfriend/girlfriend's reading speed. If his/her reading speed is not align with yours, then that implies that you should find a better reading buddy or romantic partner.
2. The Park
At the park, you may take your boyfriend/girlfriend to your favorite area since your youth - the playground. Remember that the playground is outside, so use your outdoor voice while playing together on the playground. It is not advisable to go to the playground while there are little kids on the equipment and watchful mothers nearby. You may make the mothers feel uncomfortable, especially if you are a guy. The same judgmental attitude towards men with young children applies to other areas too, like piano-teaching.
Most in-person piano teachers are female; most YouTube piano teachers are male. So, if you happen to be lucky enough to reach the park with an empty playground in broad daylight, then you can go ahead and play on the playground with your boyfriend/girlfriend. The playground is a great opportunity for you to test your boyfriend/girlfriend's physical ability. If your boyfriend/girlfriend can't run as fast as you can or swing on the monkey bars as quickly as you can (or move at all), then that suggests that the person is not as muscular/strong/fast as you.
3. The Mall
At the mall, you may feel the impulse to buy something. But if you purposefully leave money at home and only bring your car keys, mobile phone, and some home-made lunch, then the only things you pay for the entire date are the gas to feed your car and the home-made lunch to feed you and your boyfriend/girlfriend. The home-made lunch may be as simple as 6 hard-boiled eggs or 2 raw cucumbers (sliced). The home-made lunch is a great opportunity to test your boyfriend/girlfriend's taste preferences. If your boyfriend/girlfriend is a vegan and you are an omnivore, then that difference may put a strain on the relationship later on as you two become more intimate and start sharing the same house and food supply. If your boyfriend/girlfriend dislikes cucumbers or any kind of raw vegetable, then that difference may also put a strain on the relationship later on.
4. The Supermarket
Instead of going grocery shopping by yourself for yourself, you may take your boyfriend/girlfriend to the supermarket and offer to pay for your boyfriend/girlfriend's groceries. This date will test your boyfriend/girlfriend's level of frugality and shopping habits. If you are an extremely frugal person, then having a spendthrift boyfriend/girlfriend is highly incompatible.
5. Workplace Lounge Room or Cafeteria
I think this is the best place for a date, if your date is your co-worker. It provides a clean, formal setting for you and that special someone to get to know for the first time. Once you become more familiar, you may try the four above suggestions.
The ultimate place to take your date is your home. At home, you may examine how your date behaves domestically. Small details like expecting slippers for guests at the door and dexterity at using chopsticks may tell you how compatible he/she is to your lifestyle.