an article discussing the cost of going on a date.
Michigan was near the high end at $112 for two people: Dinner, bottle of wine and a movie.
I adore cheap dates.
Breakfast and then going to a flea market and seeing how far $20 can go.
Taking picnic basket with a bottle of inexpensive white wine, cheese, crackers and grapes to outdoor theater.
A hour-long walk followed by croissants, sliced pears and coffee.
Many organizations run festivals as fund raisers. Good, cheap fun and often a place to get superb food.
If I were single, I would consider volunteer work dates. Few things will help you sort through another person's values quicker than watching them bus dirty dishes at a soup kitchen, picking up trash in the park or giving a dirty dog a bath at a dog rescue.
Dates are job interviews. Both parties are interviewing the other with an eye toward filling a long-term position. If the other party refuses to go on a "cheap date", then you are being used as a fashion accessory or a status-marker to impress friends on social media.