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Cheap Date Ideas That Won’t Make You Look Cheap

We asked women to describe the best cheap dates they’ve ever been on so you can steal the ideas and pass them off as your own.

By Chloe Anderson

Cheap Dates That Won't Make You Look Cheap

If you can’t afford to drop a bunch of money at an upscale restaurant, it doesn’t mean you can’t take women on dates they’ll love. In fact, most women don’t care about a guy spending a lot of money on dates as long as the guy 1. isn’t a cheapskate — sorry fellas, no sneaking into a movie through the emergency exit — and 2. uses some imagination when he comes up with date ideas.

Luckily, there are plenty of cheap date ideas that won’t require you to shell out tons of cash, but will make you look like you’re a dating genius. I asked women to share the most fun, most memorable, and most romantic inexpensive dates they’ve ever been taken on so you can steal them and pass them off as your own ideas. And no, none end with you handing over a piece of paper and mumbling, “I have a Groupon.”

“My boyfriend told me to come to his apartment after work. When I got there, two masseuses were waiting to give us both an at-home couples massage. I remember thinking how crazy it was that he splurged like that, but a few weeks later he admitted he’d called a massage therapy academy to book them. Apparently, it’s like $30 or $40 an hour because the masseuses-in-training have to log a certain amount of time to get licensed. I didn’t care — a massage is a massage.” —Sarah

“My boyfriend packed a picnic, which I should have thought was sweet but actually thought was kinda stupid because I imagined eating it in the park near our Manhattan apartment filled with screaming kids and druggies. But then he surprised me by driving us out to a beautiful vineyard on Long Island. We tasted a few wines (for free) then set up shop on one of the picnic tables just a few feet from the vines. No one seemed to care that we’d brought our own food. Plus, not a screaming kid or druggie in sight.” —Lyz