4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Look for common ground, traits you value (such as kindness, smarts, or sense of humor), and mutual attraction. If you do feel some chemistry, you can decide to explore that via more meet-ups—Unknown
The economy seems to be taking its toll on just about everything these days. This also extends to the world of dating. While you may wish you could woo your date by spending money without giving it much thought, the reality is that we all need to be more careful with our spending. What you need are ideas for inexpensive dates, and you don't want to appear cheap when you are on the date. With that in mind, here is some good ideas for dates that won't break the bank.
Volunteer. Find a common cause that you can both volunteer for. This is a great way to get to know each other better, and you also get a chance to help those who need the help. From visiting the elderly to the animal shelter, there are tons of opportunities for volunteering in just about every community.
Site seeing. Get in the car and go for a ride around your area, looking at all of the sites as though you are a tourist. When you do this, you will see things in a whole new way. Learn about the architecture, or the history of various places. If you really want to get into the role of a tourist, ask somebody for directions, even if you really know how to get there. Get caught up in the fun and enjoy the sites! You'll be surprised at just how much you feel like you're going off the beaten path.
Picnic. Eating out in the great outdoors is a classic idea for a date. The best part is that it's as inexpensive as you want it to be. Now, that doesn't mean you have to look cheap. Spend some time thinking about the presentation of the food, but make your date the center of your attention. The food is really just there as an excuse to be with each other.
Museums and art galleries often have free admission one day per week or month. Find out what that day is and have a date. (If there is a freewill donation, be sure to give something.) You will get an idea of how cultured your date is, and vice-versa. Take the time to admire the displays that catch your eye, but don't forget to take some time to admire your date as well.
Concerts. Many communities offer free or inexpensive concerts throughout the year. Find out what kind of music they like and try to find a concert that matches your date's tastes. Make a date and enjoy the music. Many of these concerts will be held outside, if so, why not have a picnic at the same time?
As you can see, dating doesn't have to be expensive. The above ideas are just the start. Be yourself and be creative, and come up with a few ideas of your own. You really can have a great time and get to know each other without having to spend a lot of money.