Tired of the same old “dinner and a movie” dates? It’s nice once in a while, but it can get old sometimes, and very expensive too. I’ve never had much money, so I’ve had to be very creative when it comes to dates over the years. Here are my top six cheap date ideas.
6. A walk in the park. No matter where you live, there’s bound to somewhere close by that has a walking path or trail. Set aside a few hours and go for walk together. Talk to each other about whatever you like (stay away from stressful topics such as work, money, etc.). You can even bring a picnic lunch and a blanket, if you like.
5. Free concerts. Many communities host free concerts frequently, from classical music, to rock, folk, and country. Some even have plays and musicals performed by local students or amateur actors. Most of these are free, and may be combined with idea #6 for an extended date.
4. Sunday drive. You don’t have to do this on Sunday, of course, but the idea is the same. One day, when the weather is nice, go out for a drive down some old back-country roads, with no real destination in mind. You listen to music, talk to each other, or ride in silence, enjoying the beauty as it passes by.
3. Museums. There are museums for many things other than just fine art, and there are probably some right in your home town. Historical museums (a personal favorite) are very common, especially in small towns and communities. And the best part is, many of them are free.
One of most difficult things anyone of any age can face is dating but those over 40, particularly women, can have even greater problems. At this age career and children can present greater obstacles than those faced by younger women. So women over 40 would be well advised to seek out advise and carefully choose their methods to minimize problems.
Online dating can be a boon, especially if you find dating online services and chat rooms specifically for the middle aged. Using a service designed for those over 40 also eliminates the chance of being disregarded for age alone.
At the beginning, the chats and instant messaging give you an opportunity to feel out the other person before going further with any possible relationship. Caution is still advised, however, because the possibilities of deceit must always be kept in mind and personal information should not be divulged. Because of this you may want to move on to membership services.
In a membership service people are screened, must pay fees and have a credit card. This goes a long way toward eliminating those who may participate for less than honest reasons. Still, caution is advised. You should only meet a person from one of these services in a public place and you should let family and friends know where you will be.
Cities have become more multicultural in recent years. People from different backgrounds, including religious, racial and cultural backgrounds are all living together in many large environments. The dating scene in your area will have many different people in these groups, and in some cases you could end up going on a date with someone who is different from you in these terms. If you are going to go cross-cultural dating be sure that you know what you are going to do.
First, when cross-cultural dating you should not try to pretend to understand what your date’s culture is about. Odds are good your date may not fully get your culture either, so cross-cultural dating can be a learning experience. If you are going to go on a date with someone of a different culture you should look and see what you can learn about the culture before asking the person out.
Cross-cultural dating can be tough the first time around with someone, but it is still important to be respectful of the date’s culture. Don’t get too questioning unless the person is willing to be open to you.
One of the top concerns about cross-cultural dating involves knowing what to say. These are some things that some cultures do not want to talk about at a certain point in a relationship. If your date is not giving you any interest in what you are talking about you will need to try and hold off on the topic of discussion until the date is willing to talk about it.
Courting is a complex process. It involves the changing opinions of two people. Two friends can quickly become more than that, and two lovers can end a relationship just as quickly. The dating process can be likened to trying to sell a house. You fix it up as best you can and put it on sale. Interested people drive by. If they like the outside, they call the number on the sign in the yard. They tour the house, sometimes more than once. If they like the outside and inside, they may buy. Of course, people are more complex than a house. And they cannot simply spend a couple hours learning about a person and decide they want to buy.” But a free dating site, which keeps a database of people that you can peruse on your own time, is the closest thing to such a scenario. You often look at the physical appearance of a person before deciding to meet them. The right hair or eye color can be an attractant, just as the color of a house is. Of course, it isn’t always about looks.
The Internet is full of dating sites. Look carefully before you decide to join a site. You can sign up with more than one, of course. However, don’t pay for more than one membership. There are plenty of free dating sites out there that won’t charge for anything. But these sites can get pretty big, so be ready to spend hours looking at profiles. If you get discouraged, remember this: the more people there are on a site, the bigger the selection for you. If you need to narrow your choices down, choose a free dating site that “specializes.” By this, I mean one that just has the type of people you’re looking for. Let’s face it, if you’re Jewish, your first thought for a mate might be another Jewish person. There are dating websites dedicated to just about any kind of religion, ethnicity, or race. These sites serve simply to put people together who are looking for a particular kind of person.