You met a chick and she’s kinda into you. Hot. You asked her if she wanted to go out this weekend and she said sure. Now you have to figure out what to do. The city awaits. There’s just one problem. It’s a recession and you’re broke.
Don’t worry, dude. There’s plenty of things you can do. Here’s a shocker: for the most part, women value creativity more than going on some cliché dinner date. Even if it is the hottest new restaurant in town.
1.) Pictures on the water, $15 – $45
If you live near any body of water, sunset is a perfect time for a stroll—and it offers great lighting for photos. Ask her to bring her own camera and spend some time taking photos together. You can spice the evening up by bringing a cooler with some bubbly, strawberries, cheese and crackers to snack on. Not in the mood to go through all that trouble? Grab a coffee at any of those wonderful franchises that are on every street corner and a few pastries. Have fun, take photos and unwind.
2.) Lunch at the park, $25 – $45
Pack a basket with a few items from the grocery store—sandwiches, a few of those little pies or a couple of cupcakes and a bottle of wine. Don’t forget plates, napkins and plastic cups—and something to sit on, for that matter! Talk, laugh, and enjoy the day! It’s better than a restaurant—no reservations, no waiting for the food to arrive. It’s just you and her. And enough people-watching to keep both of you entertained.
3.) Walk around town, $15 – $25
Take her for a stroll around town. You can grab a cup of frozen yogurt and check out some galleries, wander around, discover places with her. Drop coins in a fountain and make a wish. Explore your city and get to know her better! Pop into a gallery or a little antique shop—you can even pick up a silly little memento to remind her of your outing.
4.) Painting at a garden, $25 – $35
Hit a school supply’s back-to-school sale and grab a box of watercolors, some brushes and a watercolor pad, pack a blanket and a few bottles of water and some fruit, and spend an hour or two taking in the different plants, then sit down to paint. Got an iPhone? Try the Pandora app for some mellow background music.
5.) Take a hike, $7 – $15
Is she the nature type? No matter where you live, chances are there is a place you can go and explore. Read up online to find some of the most unique places for hiking and make an early day of it to avoid the heat. Pack up some water, trail mix and dried fruits and take her for an adventure!
A bike ride, catching the latest episode of a show you both enjoy at your place over popcorn and margaritas, a gallery opening, a local theater production—there is no limit to what you can do. All it takes is a little creativity. Chances are, putting the extra time into thinking up something different will be far more memorable than just taking her to a cool new club or lounge. Have fun with it—I know she will.