Cheap date ideas: 5 hot dates at cool prices

Have you stopped dating to save money? With so many cheap date ideas, there’s no need for such a drastic measure. There are tons of romantic, fun and interesting dates around Atlanta for $40 or less. Here we list each week options for cheap date ideas. So, get off the couch, get out of the house and go have a good time. Whether you’re married or single and dating, you’ll find something that appeals to you here.

Heat things up

I love arts and crafts; I’m just not very good at making them. Still, giving it a try at a local pottery shop is always fun. You and your date can make all kinds of things for each other, decorating bowls, mugs and other ceramic dishes with cute messages on them. It’s a good way to spend some time together, and you can go any time of the day. I even stumbled upon this coupon for a free hour of studio time at Wired and Fired, located at 994 Virginia Ave., Atlanta. The coupon expires Nov. 15.

Talking turkey

Learning Thanksgiving cooking tips is on the list of Williams-Sonoma technique classes. Photo credit: Becky Stein

Learning Thanksgiving cooking tips is on the list of Williams-Sonoma technique classes. Photo credit: Becky Stein

Birds of a feather flock together, and cook together, too. If you like hanging out together in the kitchen, then you’ll like this free date idea. Throughout November, Williams-Sonoma stores will prep you for Thanksgiving with a series of free technique classes. The days and times each week vary by location, but the classes beginning this weekend are the same in each place: Let’s Talk Turkey, Make-ahead-feast, Thanksgiving desserts and Thanksgiving classics. Here’s a list of stores in metro Atlanta.

Hey Batter, batter…

The World Series is in full swing, with the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies slugging it out. Does all this baseball make you want to go yard? OK, you can’t swing it like you used. Or maybe you never had in you in the first place. It’s still fun to try. I prefer slow, underhand tosses. That doesn’t stop me from going all-out in a batting cage. It’s not a bad way to spend a few hours on a date, either. Plus, it’s cheap. There are numerous batting cages in the area, most at reasonable prices. Here’s one of several.

Sheer Horror

Movies aren’t always great first dates. Ones like this are different, though, because you’ll have plenty to talk about afterward. It’s a horror film series, a different and equally frightening film shown every Thursday night through November, and again on Jan. 7. How much? Oh, it’s free. Movies are at 7:30 p.m. and 10:20 p.m. at Venture Cinema 12, located at 3750 Venture Drive in Duluth. Scheduled shows (all films are Rated R) are: Oct. 29, Splinter; Nov. 5, Severance; Nov. 12, The Signal, which was filmed in Atlanta; Nov. 19 and Blood Beach (1980). Silent Night Deadly Night will play in December, though no date has been set. There will not be a film on Thanksgiving. The Jan. 7 feature film is Rosemary’s Baby (1968). It’s not the latest and greatest theatre, but it’s one of the cheapest, with regular movie prices going for $2.

Fine Art

Art museums and exhibits are always ideal dates. This one is even better because it highlights the works of local artists. The Gregg Irby Fine Art, Wing & A Prayer Studio, located behind Sardis United Methodist Church at 3725 Powers Ferry Rd., in Atlanta, will hold the annual Fall Open House and Sale Oct. 29-31. Look around for other local art exhibits that take place throughout the year.

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