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13 Great Dates That Won't Break The Bank

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1. Take a Day Trip for Apple Picking

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- The fall weather means you can dress in your autumnal best.

- It's an activity, but you won't work up a sweat.

- Afterwards, you've got a great setup for your next date: using those apples to make something delicious.

2. Read Romantic Poetry at the Library

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- You can borrow books, movies, music, even video games to bring home for a later date.

- Nothing gets the hormones flowing like the smell of old books.

- All that whispering is kind of sexy.

3. Turn a Walk Into a Scavenger Hunt

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- It requires a bit of preparation to come up with things to find on your walk, but it'll be appreciated by your date.

- Winner gets...a kiss?

4. Head to the Beach and Build Your Dream Castle

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- There's nothing more fun than fun in the sun.

- You'll probably rub sunscreen on each other's shoulders.

- If things get too hot, you can always cool off in the water.

5. Go People-Watching at a Museum

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- Many museums often have Free Fridays, so it's a totally free date.

- It's a way to turn the crowded museum (usually a negative) into something fun.

- If you run out of things to say, the surrounding artwork is an immediate conversation starter.

6. Go on an Impromptu Picnic

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- It only takes a basket and a blanket to turn a takeout meal (usually the lowest rung of the romantic ladder of meals) into something romantic and memorable.

- Not only does the food taste better outdoors, but the lack of a table excuses a lot of the nervousness around table manners.

7. Go Window Shopping at a Flea Market

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- You can pick out furniture/decorations for your dream home and find out if your tastes are compatible.

- You might even find a bargain!

- This could lead to a future date where you refinish/repurpose some furniture you bought.

8. Walk Dogs at an Animal Shelter

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- You're volunteering and doing a good deed.

- Animals are adorable.

- You'll find out if your date is a dog lover.

9. View Some Art... Street Art, That Is

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- It's less stuffy than some galleries or museums can be. Also, free.

- It's also a chance to explore your city's arts district.

10. Enjoy an 8-bit Game Night at an Old-school Arcade

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- Arcades are nostalgic, and they'll inspire a lot of conversation starters about your childhood.

- Nothing's more flirty than a game of air hockey.

- You know how many quarters you get for $20? 80 quarters. That's a lot of games!

11. Commune With Nature While Birdwatching

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- Since it's just you, your date, and the birds, it's very romantic and secluded.

- It's a nice change of pace from the hustle and bustle of daily life and is a perfect way to unwind with that special someone.

12. Unleash Your Inner Artist on a Drawing Date

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- You can both express yourself artistically.

- Even if you're not good at drawing, it's fun to create things.

- It only requires some paper, a pen...and lots of imagination.

13. Go Fly a Kite!

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Reasons It's a Great Date:

- It's something you both probably haven't done in years, so you'll learn a skill together.

- There's a shared wonder when the kite begins to fly.

You don't need a lot of money for a wonderful date, but you don't want your credit score to potentially scare off a partner.

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