Cheap date ideas: Trivia | Live music | Upscale dining | 5K | Trolley tour

Whether you’re married or single, these cheap date ideas will keep the spark alive in your relationship. Dates don’t have to be expensive. Every week we give you cheap date ideas — $40 or less — that are sure to impress your partner and keep you from going broke, too. If you have a cheap date night idea, send me an email or comment below.

Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

Have you ever met someone who seems to know at least a little bit about everything? You can attribute this person’s vast knowledge to a good college education, lots of reading or genetics. Whatever the case, it can be fun to hang out with a know-it-all as long as they don’t rub it in. They can flex their brain power in a round of trivia at any number of local bars and restaurants and you can have an intellectual battle in a fun atmosphere. Keep your wits about, though, and don’t go overboard on the food and drinks.

All that jazz!

Yes, I absolutely love Buttersweet Bakery’s cupcakes and yes, it happens to be directly across the street from Jess Lucas Y-Teen Park in Hapeville, but honestly, folks that has nothing to do with why I’m suggesting this date idea. My primary motivation: FREE. Every Friday night this fall, downtown Hapeville wakes up with live music and food vendors. Parking is free, too. The weekly outdooor concert is from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. And if in during the festivities you find yourself with a sweettooth, there’s a little shop across the street with Key Lime cupcakes your mouth will thank you for.

Upscale dining on a budget

Going to an upscale restaurant for appetizers and maybe drinks is a great way to enjoy the finer side of dining without paying the hefty price. Here’s just one example: If you’ve paid attention to’s Best of the Big A nominations currently in play for the best seafood in Atlanta, you know a fan favorite is Kyma, a Greek seafood tavern in Buckhead. Now, a place like this might be well out of our $40 range ordinarily. However, this deal makes it doable. Every Sunday, Meze — or appetizers — are $7 each. Don’t drop your fork. That’s a terrific price here, and they suggest couples have five to six if enjoying as a meal. Grilled oysters, steamed mussels, seafood stew and of course spanakopitas are just a few of the Meze menu items. It’s located at 3085 Piedmont Rd., Atlanta.

Run for it

I once heard a guy tell his buddies that he’d never date a women who sweats more than him. This isn’t the date for him. Actually, some might not consider it a date at all, but it is a way for couples to bond. Run a local road race together. There are many of them around town, on just about every weekend. You can support each other, chat during the run if you care to and then spend the rest of the afternoon resting. If jogging is too strenuous, you can enter one of the competitions that allows walkers. Entry fees vary per races, but you can run to raise money for a cause or just for fun. Check here for a schedule of races.

Our Town

So, you think you know your city? This is a good way for you and your partner to test your local knowledge. The Atlanta Trolley Tour offers daily and private tours of the city, with stops at tourist attractions, parks, museums and neighborhoods. With this deal on, you can get $29 tickets for just $10. Not surprisingly, there aren’t many of the tickets left, so buy them now. If you miss out, just wait on another special.

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October 8th, 2009
2:54 pm

Here’s my blog post on going to the $1.50 movie theater in Marietta and where to go afterwards to make the date complete.

Kathy!~ FrugalFabATL~

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