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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

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“On one of the hottest weekends of the summer last year, my boyfriend told me to grab a bathing suit and then brought me to a swanky hotel. For just a bit more than the cost of takeout and two movie tickets, we got to spend the entire day lounging around a fancy roof deck pool, pretending we earn way more money than we really do. If you’re going to do it, I have just one suggestion: bring a flask so you can order virgin drinks and turn them into cocktails.” —Marianna

“When my fiancé and I were strapped for cash, he came up with this idea he called ‘off-season vacations.’ In the summer, we’d stay at a ski lodge for the weekend, and in the winter, we’d head to a beach town for a few days. The rooms were usually super nice but dirt cheap since the place was practically empty. Some the restaurants even had off-peak prices. Those trips were special because we’d spend the whole weekend hardly seeing anyone but each other. In other words, we had lots of sex.” —Beth

“My husband once borrowed a projector from his office and essentially created a drive-in in our backyard. I came home from work and he’d set up beach chairs with blankets, popcorn, and beer, and Wet Hot American Summer ready to play. It was way better than watching Netflix in bed for the gazillionth time.” —Alex