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Affordable Date Ideas for Over-50 Daters

Part of the Dating After 50 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Copyright © 2014 AARP. All rights reserved.

Most people date quite a bit before they find "the one." Even if all your dates are just dinner and a movie, dating can get expensive. Some men and women split the bill, but if the man or woman is traditional about who pays, dating can become very pricey for the guy. There are quite a few ways to have an inexpensive date that doesn't feel cheap.

Here are a few ideas for inexpensive dates to consider:

  • Search the city for great food trucks. Finding them is fun, and the food is always reasonably priced.

  • Go to new wineries and get free tastings. The fancy established ones may have a tasting fee, but the newer ones are trying to build up a fan base, so they're usually free.

  • Join your local film society and go to free or cheap screenings of movies. This is one of the best values, and if you're a movie buff dating another movie buff, this could be the best date possible.

  • Explore "intellidates." There's so much talent giving free lectures or performances on university and college campuses that you'll have a hard time choosing among your options. Check the websites of local institutions for free or inexpensive music, theater, dance, and lectures.

  • Do something outdoors to preserve nature. Join a conservation crew for a day: Participate in trail cleanup or other environmental group activities.

  • Attend dog shows, horse shows, or agricultural shows. If your date is an animal lover, these events are typically free — or at least inexpensive — and a great way to bring out your date's softer side.

  • Go to your local poetry society, library, or bookstore and listen to free readings from visiting authors. Sometimes they're well-known, and the readings are usually intimate affairs where you can have good conversation about the poems or book.

  • Do something a little quirky and fun. You can put up a tent and camp — even if it's just in your own backyard! Or plan a picnic in your living room if you're not interested in really roughing it.

  • Experience the everyday majesty of nature. Get up very early and watch the sun rise, and enjoy a nice breakfast afterward. Or go see the stars on a clear night, preferably a bit out in the country where the city lights don't obscure the view.

  • Cozy up together. Rent the first season or more of a great TV series or miniseries, and make your own popcorn.

  • Cook together! Baking is particularly fun and sensual because the aroma is tantalizing long before you actually get your first bite.

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