When Ricky & I met we were two broke kids living outside of Boston trying to figure out how to maximize this new thing called a salary from our full-time jobs, while having as much fun as possible with our friends. Then, we decided to pack up all of our belongings and move to New York City and become two broker kids living in the heart of Manhattan. Dating on a budget is not easy, especially in a city, but somehow Ricky always seemed to think of simple ideas to make our dates special. To all the guys out there, putting in the extra effort to think of something fun is better than buying us something useless. I'm going to give you a little insight on our first few dates and our tips to enjoying a FREE date night!
Our First date was at the mall... we were 23 years old, haha! From what I can remember we just walked around and chatted before dinner at TGI Friday's. And for those of you wondering, yes, I did split the bill with him. Guess what ladies, young guys who, like you, don't have that much money will appreciate you offering to split the bill. Just don't be annoyed about it when he takes you up on that offer; be genuine about it! After that, we drove around the area for a bit and found a playground. We sat on the swing set for hours talking. At the end of the night, Ricky leaned in to kiss me and (just like a movie) he fell off of the swing right onto his face! I'm not sure I had ever laughed so hard.
*Now this, is a simple & classic first date - dinner. But we made it special by extending the night and doing something different. Know the area where you're going to dinner and try to find something to do afterward if you want to extend the date (a park, a lake, a walk around the neighborhood, etc.).
One of our next dates was in Boston, and I can't remember the area specifically, but it was a park that Ricky seemed to know. We parked by the water & were walking around the area when we stumbled upon a black & white film on a giant projector screen. There was a free movie night happening in the park and there were tons of people out on lawn chairs and blankets watching. This was the cutest thing. We sat down and enjoyed some of the movies before continuing our walk. And again, quite movie-like, at the end of our walk by the water there were fireworks. (This just happened to be a perfect/lucky coincidence)
*Keep an eye out for activities in the area. I know to some of us millennials, a newspaper may seem ancient, but they often have free things to do in the entertainment section of the paper. It's a great place to find out what's happening and what may be fun to do with your date. There's also the internet of course; just google things to do this weekend in *your town*.
Because Ricky & I like to be outside, most of our dates were focused around this. We took walks along the Somerville Mystic River, a nature walk near my home town, had picnics in local parks, walking around local college campuses, and we also watched the airplanes fly over our heads at the local airport at night. Anything that was free and outdoors, we were interested.
Some of our favorite free date night tips: