The lowest possible budget is nothing at all, but even without money you can have a fun and entertaining date! The poor can have fun, too.
For many years, while my wife and I were in college and then later, while she was pregnant and I was in graduate school, we were poor. We lived on loans, the good nature of others and our wits. Of course, we knew that the poverty was not permanent, and that probably made things easier. Still, we did discover that it did not require money to go out and have a good time on a date.
As we were both ambulatory, walking was a great way to get out, see new things, meet new people and invite new experiences. A walk in the park or on the beach can be romantic, but try walking through town as well. To be sure, every walk did not lead to a truly memorable experience, but walking in a new and unfamiliar part of town always led to something interesting – even if the interesting thing was only a great story to tell many years after the fact.
Dinner with Friends
We were bad. We would drop in on friends at dinner time, hoping to be invited to stay and partake of whatever they were about to have. This one may sound a tad usury. That would be because it is! On the other hand, it was a fun way to encounter people and create new and unique memories and experiences with them.
Thankfully, if we chose wisely, more often than not, we were invited to join people for a meal, conversation, socialization and camaraderie. Rather than choosing a restaurant, we selected the people we whoped would invite us in for dinner!
Another popular and completely free date is people watching. All it takes is to go somewhere where there are other people doing things. Shopping, digging ditches, watching parades, protesting one thing or another. The ‘what’ doesn’t really matter very much. What is important is that the activity has you watching others as entertainment. The goal is not to interact, but to observe. There is no limit to the volume of funny, odd or perhaps even insensitive and rude reflections that can be fun to exchange so long as they are not at your own expense.
There are many variations of people watching that, in and of themselves, can make wonderful dating experiences. Watching people ‘make out’ in popular ‘parking’ spots was always an interesting night out. Sometimes, it was even inspirational.
Sitting in a library reading or pretending to read is a way to have a warm date on a cold evening that can be spent listening carefully to the subtly whispered conversations of others. The conspiratorial, spy-like quality of the experience can add some free intrigue to a night out at your local reading room.
Watching and listening to couple in movie lines trying to decide which film to see can be a remarkably entertaining and eye-opening experience.
I’m not even sure that money made dates better. They became far more predictable. Go to a show or out to dinner. Go to a club or visit with friends.Something about poverty offers opportunities oft overlooked by the more adequately endowed.