Frugal and fun: cheap date ideas

I don’t believe dates have to be expensive to be fun. Dates can be free, like walks in the park. They can also be full of interesting activities. Welcome to another installment of Frugal and Fun, where we are out and about finding interesting and exciting date ideas for around $40.


The Best of the Big A has closed nominations for the best place to bowl in metro Atlanta. Midtown Bowl did not crack the readers’ top 5, but it was the readers’ pick for the best bowling alley in Atlanta in Creative Loafing. Last week here commenter ‘E’ suggested Midtown be on the list of Frugal and Fun date ideas for its $11.75 all-inclusive weekday special. Great idea, but we don’t know many people who date Mondays through Thursdays, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., when that applies. So, we continued our hunt. I came across a summer special at Red Carpet Lanes in Duluth. Before 7 p.m. on weekends, games are $1.49 per person. Shoe rentals are $3.95 per person.

Laugh out Loud

There’s nothing like a good laugh to break the ice on a first date. Punchline promises to crack up patrons and you’ll laugh all the way to the bank with free admission tonight and Sunday, using the promo code ‘happy.’ Comedian Keith Alberstadt is on stage tonight.

The Big Screen

Remember those steamy windows at the drive-in movie theatre? Your date can still be that hot, or you could just enjoy a good date movie, like The Proposal, at the Starlight Six Drive-In. Remember to check the website, as the lineup changes every Thursday at midnight. Tickets are $7 per person, for a double-feature. That’s two movies for the price of one! Plus, you can pick up your food on the way and bring it in.

Soulful Sounds

In the mood for live music? Sol Factor, Naturally 7 and PJ Morton are performing free at the Suwanee Concert Series Aug. 7. The concert is Town Center Park.

For the Artist In You

I’m not much of an artist. I have a hard time drawing a straight line. Still, I have a great time whenever I paint pottery. It makes for an especially fun date, and an inexpensive one, too. Splatters in Alpharetta starts at $7 and there is no studio fee. Of course there are more expensive pieces if you’re interested, but you can keep it at a reasonable price and still have an enjoyable outing working on pieces for each other. There are a number of other similar studios around town. Take a closer look.

So, what are your inexpensive date ideas? How much did you spend and where did you go?

4 comments Add your comment

Jip Huer

July 30th, 2009
8:12 am

I get by for less by dating women or men who do not charge for dates.

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