Totally free Dating!

Taking girls out is expensive. Dating overall can be expensive. Since you don’t want to be a jerk, most guys will offer to pay for dinner, the tickets, flowers. The whole damn thing! But what the heck do you do if you’re on a tight budget? Stay home with your dog? Thats pretty lame, but dating on the cheap is possible and it can allow you to be creative while showing the lucky lady a good time. Of course being Mr. Frugal and Thrifty, aka Mr. Chepo is  a turn-off for most ladies, then no need to let on how much you’re saving.


Shel Horowitz, author of The Penny-Pinching Hedonist: How to Live Like Royalty on a Peasant’s Pocketbook, is a frugal guru with more than 25 years of experience in saving money, time and lowering your cost of living.

Always investigate if there is a cheaper way or a cheaper option,” Horowitz said. He gave the example of going to see a show at a community theater where the seats are often right at the stage, instead of buying the “cheaper” tickets to a Broadway show in the nosebleed section. Horowitz said he has seen the advantages of finding cheaper or free alternatives; they far outweigh the benefits, and are more rewarding.


When romancing  as el chepo,  Shel is showing you to use your head and be creative. Disclaimer: Helps if you have a brain


In 17 Great Romantic Dates for Penny Pinchers” Horowitz makes these suggestions:

  • Test drive a sports car together.

  • Find a dark, romantic bistro with great coffees and desserts.

  • Do some star gazing at a local college observatory. It’s open to the public during the school year and free.

  • Have a picnic and explore a state or national park. You’d be surprised what you learn when you’re closer to nature. Admission is usually free, or a small fee. Nothing to break the bank.

  • Rent a canoe or kayak and go out on a river or lake for an afternoon .

  • See a radio station music festival. It often features a day of bands, and tickets are cheap. This is a great idea, I used to do this when out local rock station held 104 feast.

  • Look into local arts festivals, craft fairs, flea markets or antiques fairs.

  • IMAX movies are for under $10. These films use a large film frame, a six-story movie screen and digital surround sound. These are cool because you feel like you’re in the movie.

Cyndi Haynes and Dale Edwards, authors of 2002 Things to Do On a Date, and Lynn Gordon, author of 52 Great Cheap Dates, offer even more creative and inexpensive date ideas.

  • Attend a wine or beer tasting. At less than $10 each, you get more bang for the buzz.

  • Volunteer together. You’ll be able to spend quality time together for a quality cause for free.

  • Attend a student art show. You will be surprised by how good local student artists can be.

  • Movie night at your place always works…but not if its the first date. Like I said, helps to have a brain!

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