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by Kyle O'Connor on April 29, 2009 When you’re in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression, it’s not always easy to come up with the cash to impress your date. Luckily, there’s still tons of fun and romantic things you can do that take little-to-no money—all that’s required is a little creativity. Here’s our 67 favorite ideas for cheap dates:
There’s a hilarious scene in the movie Sleepless in Seattle when Tom Hanks's character contemplates getting back into the dating game and wonders if the rules have changed. If that describes you, back in the saddle again after a hiatus, divorce or widowhood, know that yes, the rules have changed—and for the better. Old credos, like waiting a certain number of dates before having sex or insisting that the guy should always pick up the bill, may be officially outmoded, but they still linger in many people’s minds. Why? “Because one of these rules might have worked in one situation with one person,” says Gary Lewandowski, Jr. , PhD, associate social science professor at Monmouth University in New Jersey—which by no means makes it something that everyone should live by.
photo: Shayne Kaye According to one economist, the true cost of a date is around $250 . That includes dinner, a movie, and the opportunity cost of time spent on a date. I’m not sure I buy the “cost of time” part, but I agree that the whole “dinner and a movie” routine can get pricey pretty quickly. That’s why I tend to suggest other activities.
We spend countless hours and dollars to doll ourselves up, but Mother Nature has given us women an au natural way to turn heads: S-E-X. Sure, there’s a time and a place for perfectly applied eyeliner and not-a-strand-out-of-place hair. But really, what’s hotter than devil-may-care, mussed up bedhead and a swagger that just won’t quit? It’s time to channel your inner Brigitte Bardot , ladies! Sex is the ultimate beauty enhancer.
B elow are 101 types of conversation starters to use on your first date, at a party, in business, with guys or girls, or on family and friends. The 101 great conversation openers are simple and effective. Do not be fooled.
Are you wondering about which things to say to the one you love? Well, they don't always have to be romantic or sugary sweet for them to be well received. While a little romance can go a long way, at times, it is often more important to your loved one that you respect him or her and want to learn more about what he or she is thinking. Thoughtful Things to Say Here are several things to say to the one you love that may seem benign but can make a very positive impression: "Tell me all about your day."