Frugal and Fun: Inexpensive date ideas

Welcome to the third installment of Frugal and fun: inexpensive date ideas. Here we try to find interesting, different and fun date ideas for around $40.

Classical music:

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra is presenting a Beethoven Blockbuster on Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. Tickets start at $21 and with three Beethoven pieces being played, it’s well worth the dollar. Look forward to Leonore Overture No. 3, Symphony No. 7 and Piano Concerto No. 3. For a few more dollars, at $30 each moving this into more of a splurge date than a frugal one, you can make it extra special by stopping first at Sage Woodfire Grill in Alpharetta. Sage and ASO have teamed up for Belvedere in the Garden. Together they offer all the enticements of a romantic evening: martinis, hors d’oeuveres and appetizers, jazz and classical music at Sage from 4-7 p.m., before heading over to the amphitheatre for the 8 p.m. concert. It’s not cheap, but it’s definitely a bargain.

She shoots, she scores!

The Atlanta Dream of the WNBA feature a few of the best players in the league, including Chamique Holdsclaw and two of this year’s All-Stars, Erika de Souza and Sancho Lyttle. You and your date can see some top-notch competition — for half the price. For the remaining weeknight games, the Dream is offering 50 percent off tickets if you use Half Off Depot as the promo code when you make your purchase. That’s two tickets for $20. The next weeknight home game is July 30 against the Phoenix Mercury, featuring standout Diana Taurasi.

Star Trek

Why not try a movie in a different venue? The Fox Theatre’s Coca-Cola Film Festival this weekend features Star Trek, the Future Begins. At $8 a piece, it’s not a bad deal and fits perfectly into the frugal date idea. Two hours before the show, starting at 5:30 p.m., enjoy a $12 per person wine tasting.

Tell me about your cheap, inexpensive dates? Where did you go and how much did you spend? What date ideas do you have for Atlanta Bargain Hunter readers?

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VoiceOf Reason

July 23rd, 2009
2:10 pm

Rana Cash

July 23rd, 2009
2:13 pm

VoiceofReason, you don’t like these? What’s more your style?


July 23rd, 2009
3:47 pm

disc: owners my neighbor.



July 23rd, 2009
4:47 pm

$1ea. – Dollar Theatre in Lawrenceville
$0 – Free Entertainment Suwanee Amphitheatre
$9.99ea. all you can eat Brazilian Steak House off of exit 6 400. I really dont want to give the name.

Rana Cash

July 23rd, 2009
4:56 pm

Cheaper, why are you holding out on us? Spill the beans on your $9.99 secret :-)
Thanks for the tip on the theatre in Lawrenceville. I’ll check that out


July 23rd, 2009
5:18 pm

There’s also Venture Value Cinema in Duluth. Tickets are $1.99.
Movie tickets are between $5 and $6 for shows before noon at certain AMC Theaters on Fri., Sat., and Sun.
Comedian Bruce Bruce hosts comedy night every Tuesday at K.C. Pit BBQ in Sandy Springs. Entry is $10 at 7 p.m. (but $15 after 7 p.m.) So, getting in at 7 p.m. will leave you with $20 to spend on food.
Midtown Bowl has a lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $11.75 per person Mon.-Thurs. that includes bowling, shoe rental, sandwich, and drink.


July 23rd, 2009
10:24 pm

The Dream tickets are coming up higher on TicketMaster. There’s no place to enter the promo code. Help?!?!?!


July 27th, 2009
5:45 pm

If you like comedy there is the Funny Farm in Roswell, thats usually cheap, $5.00 and sometimes free.


July 30th, 2009
12:41 am

during my first date with my partner, i got conscious in deciding what i should wear. Well, i believe you should impress your date.when i dress up that night, i decided to wear a personalized cufflink to make an impression and it totally went well. My date that time became my everlasting date.

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August 12th, 2009
11:48 am

Is the place off Exit 6 the Beef Grill?


August 12th, 2009
11:49 am

The Funny Farm shut down a few months ago. The whole of Startime Entertainment did, in fact.

Rana Cash

August 12th, 2009
12:19 pm

Webbie, which place are you referring to? The ‘Funny Farm’ is now “Laughing Skull,” located at the Vortex on Peachtree. I often post ticket deals there; last weekend, for instance, was buy one get one free with a promo code.

Rana Cash

August 12th, 2009
12:19 pm

By the way, Nolan, that’s an incredibly sweet story!

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August 20th, 2009
8:21 am

Did anyone find out what the name of the “$9.99ea. all you can eat Brazilian Steak House off of exit 6 400?”