Are you broke? No shame in admitting it. Broke is the new black. You may be wondering how a person stays active in the dating scene with little to no funds to call their own? Well, never fear! We at Coffee Meets Bagel have a couple free date ideas which let you have fun and still stay in the black, whatever that means.
1. Free Events
More and more popular these days are social calendars and media services that target the budget-minded among us. Services like Funcheap SF, a company whose tagline is literally “Johnny’s guide to San Francisco for cheapskates”, finds and posts free and cheap events that kick serious butt, so you don’t have to. Not in San Francisco? Nobody’s perfect: check out Broke-ass Stuart’s Goddamn Website (yes, that’s the header) for not only events and local eateries, but bios on broke-ass individuals just like yourself doing great things in the community.
2. Go Outside
This should be a no brainer, but the outdoors are free! Plan a picnic, go on a bike ride, go camping! Not sure where to go? Check out services like Urban Hiker, a guide service that goes beyond the conventional outdoor guided trip and offers day trips that guide you around the internals of the city, too, and shows you secret spots you never would have found otherwise, even if you live right down the street. Along the same lines are free local tours, like the ones provided by the venerable Wild Wes Tours, which use local knowledge and native guides to show you the super secret spots and imbue you with crazy historical knowledge not to be found anywhere else.
The outdoors aren’t your thing? Plan a staycation! Plan a Netflix night with your sweetheart, pull up the two-buck-Chuck, and reap the rewards, you romantic genius. It’s remarkable how much fun you can have locally for minimal cash, and still have a new and awesome experience. Feel like getting away? Book a local hotel for the weekend and live like you’re staying in Monaco. Grab that oversized SLR, put on a beret, and get lost on Union Square pretending you only speak French. Go to the public city pool like you own the place, and try to get bottle service. With the right frame of mind, you can go anywhere and never leave your living room.