What do you do before a date? Agonize over washing your car? Spend hours in front of the mirror? Beg your parents for extra money “just in case”?

That last choice has become increasingly popular for teenagers, with more exciting (and expensive) things to do on dates. The soaring gas prices don’t help, either.

But hey, good news! Sometimes the dates you have the most fun on are the least expensive (and less stressful) ones. Here are some fun things to do for a small price tag:

  • If you like to be active, check out local hiking trails. It’s a great opportunity to talk and get some fresh air. Other ideas: Go ice skating, biking, or mini-golfing.
  • If you want to plan a lunch or dinner date, consider “eating in.” Invite your date over and cook up a feast—it’s fun and less expensive than a restaurant. You also can pack your meal, then head to the park and have a picnic.
  • If you’re in the mood for some exploring, you don’t have to go that far! Consider your local bookstore or the zoo. The bookstore is a great place to wander around and learn each other’s interests. The zoo is another great active date. It’s fun to wander around and look at all the animals.
  • Speaking of zoos, if you or your date is an animal lover, make sure to stop by your local humane society and look at the cats and dogs.

Always be on the lookout for fun (free!) events happening within your community, such as concerts in the park or festivals. Check your local newspaper to find these opportunities. Also, check with CapEd FCU for discounts on movie tickets and seasonal events!

It’s OK to be nervous about dating. Remember, the most important thing is to relax and enjoy yourself, and your date will, too!


Copyright 2011 CUNA Inc.

Published August 9, 2011
This entry was posted in YAM.

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