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The Fall season brings cooler temps but that doesn’t have to put a damper on your dating. This is the season to kick up your creativity a couple of notches. We all know that you don’t have to break the bank to go on a date. You just have to know the likes/dislikes of the person you are dating then put in a little research.

Do yourself a favor and bookmark our Bargain Hunter blog. Rana Cash outlines all the best bargains and she recently outlined 5 cheap date ideas!

Atlanta can be such a great city to go on a date. The city has its own energy and charm that sets the scene for you. I can tell you that people are getting bored with dinner and a movie.

Let’s have a little idea swapping today and see who has the goods on creative dates.

Raqi sent me a nice category of dates to plan:

1. Best date for under $40

2. Best Morning date

3. Best date centered around a theme

4. Best outdoors date

5. Best free date

6. Most unique dinner and a movie date

What could you add to this list? How do you come up with your date ideas?

Ladies like it when a man has a plan. If you can’t plan a date, it makes a certain impression.  Do you usually have a plan for  a date?  Would you go on a second date with someone who didn’t bother to plan the first one?

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ImAPeach404

October 16th, 2009
8:38 am

Morning children!

You know, I’m a huge fan of cheap dates – I thrive off my Entertainment Book and seeing how much we can do for nothing. But dang! Brothas have the hardest time with planning dates when they don’t have money.

I’m looking forward to the feedback related to the topic, but if you all could offer me some advice on how to get a brotha to do some dang-on research and plan a budget friendly date HIMSELF, I could really use it. Like Wise said Ladies like it when a man has a plan…

Ideas:
- Join MeetUp..com and find groups in your area. Most times the meet-ups are free and offer a wide variety of activities
- Have game night at the crib
- Go on an outing to Super H Mart. It’s an asian grocery store and they have some of the most interesting products there! (I’m a foodie so this appeals to me)
- Plan an indoor picnic solely based off of food you already have in your kitchen/pantry… who cares if nothing “matches” :)

Professor

October 16th, 2009
8:50 am

Hey Peach and GM to all!

Ok Super H Market is my favorite place to go people watch and to find key ingredients for certain dishes I make.

I have some friends that host game night lots of fun!

Ok, Atlantic Station did the free movies, Piedmont Screen on the Green, Wednesday’s wind down jazz concerts that goes on in the spring at Centennial. I love people watching and dog watching at Piedmont, going to see the lighting of the Christmas tree (both Macy’s and Atlantic Station), any type of festivals such as the dogwood festival etc. Now is the time to take a short trip (one tank of gas) Anna Ruby Falls is great, and you can take a few sandwiches in the car and relax and unwind in the mist of nature.

One of my favorites when it gets a little bit colder light the fireplace and pull out some of that leftover cheese, fruit, wine and crackers and have your own private picnic.

Lady J

October 16th, 2009
8:56 am

Thumbs up is a great morning date to talk about life, politics, goals, and enjoy a greak breakfast in the tight quaint area!!!:) Happy Friday!

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:02 am

…morning…

Peach I appreciate the heads up on that Asian mart. Oh and, I like picnics too…

my friend that lives out in Johns Creek their backyard faces the golf yard, and we’ve had fun doing all sorts of “break the rules” behind the white drapes that cover the downstairs deck….and since they travel and I know the gate code…and the…anyway…a picnic near a Golf Course…

Picnic & chill in the parking lot on top of the car…(old school)

Little League football/basketball games (dirt cheap)

Got friends that live in a lofts/studio in Moreland or Downtown are…get access to the roof…they have some BEAUTIFUL views…

“Thumbs UP” is a great inexpensive morning date…good morning spot…

…and my favorite is Wii Parties! Lub…lub…lub them…

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:05 am

Best date for under $40:
For guys that love cars a Car Show (That was my reason for asking about car shows here in Atlanta yesterday)

Best Morning Date:
Put together a Continental picnic breakfast and find the best view to watch the sunrise.

Best Theme Date:
Maybe choosing a date that is important to your S/O or that connects the two of you and finding out important facts in history that happened on that day and center the date around those. (i.e. Places, events, meals)

Also for a theme date, you can choose your S/O hobby or maybe their ethnic or cultural makeup and choose places to go reflecting on that or cook them a meal based on their history.

Best Outdoors Date:
Camping or hiking
Building sand castle along on the beach
An outdoor concert
Fruit picking

Best Free Date:
Go to the library and read together
Go to yard sales or flea market for some interesting finds
Volunteer somewhere
Thanksgiving Day lighting of the Great Christmas Tree
Christmas parades

Mo (aka Moeisha)

October 16th, 2009
9:14 am

Morning All!

okay now I did have a date at Borders once and I have also done the volunteering thing. Those were great dates, very easy going.

Now if I could get a man that is as into music as me (and take me to see Mint Condition) that would be LOVELY! :smile:

I will have to check out Super H Mart too, I’ll keep reading and takig notes.

Hey Lady J! How is lil Miss J?

Lady J

October 16th, 2009
9:14 am

Best free date is WWD in the spring…Great open meeting area to enjoy great live music and wind down mid week with great convo…free and priceless….lol A chic has grown to appreciate the tiny things that are rare to find…lol

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:17 am

Unique Dinner and Movie #1:

If you don’t own one, rent or buy a projector and create your own “drive-in” movie in your own driveway or backyard. Rent a collection of DVD’s and have marathon night. Set up a small grill outside the car or by your lawn chairs and cook up some Vienna beefs dogs. Also don’t forget your soda and popcorn. Make a great evening of it.

Lady J

October 16th, 2009
9:17 am

Hey Mo, that Missy is doing well!!! Writing her name and ABC’s!!! I am proud of her however being 4 is a new season for us and she is off the chain whic is normal! LOL….Just getting it back double what I put out….lol!! how is lil man??? We did a Job Shadowing trip the other day to At&t and you crossed my mind…lol ok hit me @ ladyj_0817@yahoo.com we will catch up….and how bout those FALCONS!!! LOL Miss ya chica!

Tazzee - There's nothing better than love

October 16th, 2009
9:20 am

Morning Folks!

Don’t have much to add to this but I will be taking notes.

Did someone mention my favorite breakfast spot, Thumbs Up? Yes, I will be there after church on Sunday ;-)

Mo (aka Moeisha)

October 16th, 2009
9:23 am

Lady J – mail call!

Lady J

October 16th, 2009
9:24 am

Tazzee I love Thumbs Up!!!!!:) Hello also it’s been a while!

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:26 am

A good free Saturday morning/afternoon date is washing and detailing your cars together at home. You are spending time together, you are accomplishing something and then it can be fun or turn into fun.

However not every woman is up for those type of manual labor dates.

Professor

October 16th, 2009
9:27 am

October is my favorite month and spring and fall are my favorite seasons.

A day trip is nice if you want to look at the leaves changing and enjoy the weather. If you go apple picking you can always come home and make some apple dumplings or an apple pie for your sweetie.

The air shows (just left two weeks ago) are great and I do a lot of car shows…I just love cars are nice too. However they are pricey to me because I always end up buying stuff for my cars or something for me.

I love art all periods and all genres and from time to time I will get news of a gallery having a cocktail party showing off some of their artist…of course I go to view the art. The caveat to that is you may end up buying something…those are nice and you can mingle a bit.

The state fair is always nice in the fall…

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:27 am

Hey Miss Lady J!

Tazzee – “Thumbs Up” got me salivating over here…guess my breakfast will have to do…cost me 1.58…

Peach did you mention the Entertainment Book? Good call…

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:29 am

Mo I like Borders…most book stores they smell good too.

Melo

October 16th, 2009
9:31 am

Brothas have the hardest time with planning dates when they don’t have money

well said.

The cheapest dates are nice when u still have the otpion to use the money in ur pocket but u dont coz u like the idea of this cheap date.

Lady J

October 16th, 2009
9:32 am

Hey Cee-Cee!!!!!:) Borders is hot too!!! LOL That is back on my list as I go get Byron Pitts book and read but that’s a great spot too…silence and togetherness is a great concept as well! Silence is GOLDEN!:)

Mo (aka Moeisha)

October 16th, 2009
9:33 am

Cemeeli – Borders or Barnes & Nobles! They are comfy, some have the lil coffee shops in them as well. You can camp out for hours and chill. I do that by myself sometimes but it was fun as a date too. Plus the only time they seem to be crowded is the holiday season

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:34 am

@Raqi – Lol we all have scatty days i feel one coming on if my boss don’t get here soon…

Melo

October 16th, 2009
9:36 am

Cheap date:

The weather is promising to be nice and cool,So?

you make lots of coffee at home,lie in bed,reading forbes,Fortune or Bus week magzine whilst she lays beside u,watching lifetime! :lol:

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:39 am

“Silence is GOLDEN!:)”

Lady J I love that when they show that tagline at the movies…Fernbank is a silent facility…employees are reminded during breaks to make phone calls in the phone area.

Mo Right…i read magazines that i don’t subscribe in there just hanging out…and they are the best gifts for holiday giving…you are not pressed to give a co-worker 20-25 dollars at Borders…15 suffice.

ImAPeach404

October 16th, 2009
9:39 am

I always forget about the tree lightings – thanks folks!

My new crib has a gas “flip the switch” fireplace and I cannot WAIT to use it :)
Def a nice spot for an indoor picnic Professor

I keep hearing about Thumbs Up…

Little league games – cute idea Cemeeli And yes, me and my Entertainment book are like this (crossing fingers) son!

Yall, we need some winter friendly ideas too, lol.

Melo nothing wrong with a cheap date when you have money. It’s about the thought process and planning when it comes to dates.

THE INFAMOUS DK

October 16th, 2009
9:42 am

The flying biscuit in L5P is a great early morning date

Professor

October 16th, 2009
9:42 am

The cheapest dates are nice when u still have the otpion to use the money in ur pocket but u dont coz u like the idea of this cheap date.

Melo, my man I agree on this totally. I used to stay at home if the funds were low and when I go out I take the money that I can spend, NOT my money for bills. So I am with you a cheap date is cool, but you still want money in your pocket just in case.

I will say this I think a man can plan a cheap date, but if he is out with a woman that does not share his view it will be an expensive date. How many guys have suggested appetizers and drinks, at a spot where these things are reasonably price…well the date orders an entrée and mess up the whole money forecast projected for that date?

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:43 am

@ LadyJ – You’re so sweet…THANKS!

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:44 am

ImAPeach We have an older house so our fireplaces are not that trouble-free, sometimes I wish they were. But I do love the sound of the burning wooden crackling in my old-time fireplace. The sound itself is so relaxing. I tell ya it’s getting cold quick around here. I just may be lighting some fire real soon.

Professor

October 16th, 2009
9:45 am

Melo I forgot to mention that my ex and I would read the paper together, drink coffee and listen to some quite music…just plain chilling out maybe munching on a Danish or something that is cool, but after a few hours we were ready to get out. Ohh which brings me to another favorite…bike riding at Silver Comet I have gone on dates especially this time of year where we rented bikes there and rode a few miles…afterwards we had a sandwich somewhere…real cool.

Melo

October 16th, 2009
9:46 am

Ride Marta with ur girl,all the way from Airport to Sandy Springs,just talking..and do it again form east to west and back,jus talking….

On weekend,marta is lovely coz there are few pple travelling and kinda quiet too.
U can also watch the planes take off and land from the southern-most platform on marta.

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:46 am

“Yall, we need some winter friendly ideas too, lol.”

Peach – StarLite with blankets and hot cocoa.

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:47 am

Cemeeli I am working on very little sleep today. The baby has cold, I hope that is all it is, and she is home with her father now. He is waiting for the insurance co. to send out the adjuster to look at our roof. I may have to end up leaving to take her to the doctor. I told him to call me if her fever returns.

But right now I want to close my door and take a nap.

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:48 am

Winter Friendly? Ice skating.

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:48 am

“Ride Marta with ur girl,all the way from Airport to Sandy Springs,just talking”

@Melo – oh, okay. Can we get off at Perimeter and BUY something…lol..

Melo

October 16th, 2009
9:49 am

Proff,the Silver Comet thing sounds nice..but i may have to buy me a gun.
Aftr that Charles Hindon murder thang,kinda scary, unless there are lots of pple out there.

Professor

October 16th, 2009
9:51 am

During the holiday season I have always gone on dates that included seeing Christmas lights…from Lake Lanier…Callaway Gardens are driving around in your neighborhood. Grab your favorite Christmas CDs go and get some hot chocolate or coffee and ride you can do it on a grand scale a little dinner before at home and do a drive somewhere or small scale grab the keys, go through Dunkin doughnuts drive thru and just ride through some sub divisions.

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:52 am

Infamous I like the The Flying Biscuit also. We go to the one on Roswell.

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:54 am

Professor riding around seeing the christmas lights is a nice idea. Some neighborhoods go all out with the christmas yard decorating.

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
9:54 am

“winter friendly ideas”

Hit Florida! just gas up and go…take some cooler/snacks…also North Carolina is absolutely gorgeous this time of year!

Mo (aka Moeisha)

October 16th, 2009
9:55 am

Now since I like sports, it would be nothing for my ex and I to spend afternoons/evenings watching football/basketball/baseball/tennis. I always enjoyed those dates too, and to make it more fun we would cheer for opposite teams (which most times was a given Im a hometown fan and he was a Mets/Saints/LSU fan).

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
9:56 am

Cemeeli I was thinking going the other direction. Up towards Tennessee. I love riding thru the mountain during the fall and seeing the tree changing. It’s just an awesome sight.

Melo

October 16th, 2009
9:57 am

In todays weather,a morning date at Starbucks or any nice coffee shop wld be ideal.

Coffee with muffins/croissants/donoughts then if u kinda tired of talking ,sit butt by butt as u flip each page,one by one, of the Wall Strret Journal/NY Times….guys,u can guide her towards the Living section of the paper and if u see any rings for sale in there,just ask casually which one she likes best,that may get u smewhere warm be4 the day is over. :lol:

Professor

October 16th, 2009
9:57 am

Honestly I think there are plenty of options out there for inexpensive dating you just need a partner that recognize this and have an open mind.

I love Halloween and the kids in my neighborhood wear the best costumes, well passing out the candy is fun and seeing the kids dressed up and after it is over you can have some drinks and finger food at home and do your own costumes…if you want to be naughty.

@Melo I have only been on Saturday morning or mid day on Saturdays plenty of people and I always go with my date. I would never go there by myself especially in the evening…I feel very safe during the times I have been.

@qaRi I bet your kids would love it so that is also a cheap family outing you can always make the hot cocoa at home!

IWDLIKE2DATE

October 16th, 2009
9:58 am

MELO – A guy suggesting Marta to a female that rides it during the week is not a good idea for a date. Maybe if you are with someone you care about the smell and people are not so bad.

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
10:00 am

One thing I did back when I was dating the Nature Guy, we spent a cold Sunday afternoon putting a puzzle together. I think it was a thousand pieces. It was nice.

That is something I would like to do with the marido also. He loves to play chess so I know he has the patience to do it.

Professor

October 16th, 2009
10:01 am

In NY I love the storefront windows during the holiday season, but here is Atlanta I like walking Phipps and Lenox looking at the decorations too. It is always fun to decorate the tree together as well.

Yellow River Game ranch is a good spot if you are not afraid of animals and love nature…I have been on dates there and it we had a blast feeding the deer, goats etc. Now is the perfect time to go.

IWDLIKE2DATE

October 16th, 2009
10:02 am

I know I would just like to get a date. I have been single for years. I am two seconds from running naked on Peachtree Street.

qRia...A little scatty today

October 16th, 2009
10:03 am

Melo my marido and I both read the paper but our thing to do together now is to look thru the coupons and sale papers on Sundays after breakfast. Some may not call it fun, but it’s our thing.

ImAPeach404

October 16th, 2009
10:03 am

Melo! I freakin love the airport!!! Lol. Sitting and watching the people is the best! But I love the idea of riding Marta (which I like doing too) and watching the planes take off from the platform! Nice!

Which reminds me – I remember a LONG time ago on here, someone mentioned there was a place to park your car and watch the planes take off… would anyone happen to recall that location?

Raqi I didn’t realize that was you. Ha! And, ice skating? I can dig it!

Melo

October 16th, 2009
10:05 am

IWDLIKE2DATE??

so is coffee at Dungin or starbucks cool with u..i have enough for muffins/croissants or a whole breakfast of eggs and bacon if u hungry.. :lol:

after u see that u like me and i do u too,then we hit marta and talk somre?? :lol:

Cemeeli

October 16th, 2009
10:05 am

@ IWDLIKE2DATE – …thanks for that…lol…

Am i the only person on earth that likes hot apple cider? When i make it people eek at it..