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You don’t need to break the bank to woo someone on
your first date. There are fun and creative ways to save
money while having the time of your lives. Here are
some awesome alternatives that can take any date to
the next level.
T E X T BY R O S PR A D O
DINNER & A MOVIE
Typical Cost: $143
$12 Appetizer; $40 entrees; $15 dessert; $45 bottle of wine;
$20 movie tickets; $10 Popcorn
Alternative 1: Skip the restaurant and try a potluck picnic instead. You
bring the appetizers, they bring the entrée, and you both can battle it
out to see who has the best cooking skills.
Alternative 2: Forget about the movie theater. Indulge in a fabulous
dinner but skip the popcorn and the crowds. Crash the couch and
watch Netflix instead — because two is always the best kind of crowd.
$75 Drinks; $25 Tapas
Alternative 1: Try a DIY wine tasting at home. Have each person bring
their favorite types of wine and cover the bottles up for a blind tasting.
Not into grapes? Try a beer tasting!
Alternative 2: Skip Saturday night and meet on a Thursday afternoon
for Happy Hour. The city is sizzling and the drinks are cheapest right
after work. It’s a great way to get a drink and a date in one sitting.
PRIVATE COOKING CLASS
Alternative 1: Skip the private lessons and join a group class. This can
drastically cut the price by up to half and it allows you to see how your
date interacts with strangers.
Alternative 2: Forget about the guided class entirely and try using a
cookbook to prepare a feast together instead. Pick an exotic recipe and
spend the afternoon cooking a feast while drinking wine. Just make
sure to clean up before and after. Nobody likes a hot mess.