Step 1: Go to a thrift shop and buy a game that looks fun, and won't take up a lot of room/bother people. (We picked up Orijinz for $2.99 - and it looks like it had never been played!)
Step 2: Grab drinks and the comfy chairs at your local coffee shop. (We chose Starbucks, not for lack of cool local options, but because it was Sunday night at nearly 5 o clock and we didn't want them to close on us.)
Step 3: Play, laugh and enjoy each others company! Our date cost less than $15, but it could be much cheaper - we "splurged" and got the big drinks! ;]
We had originally planned to do dinner, but, the local place we wanted to go to closed at 3 on Sunday, and once we started driving around we realized we weren't really hungry enough to eat dinner. None of the chain restaurants looked appealing, and I'd really been wanting to pick up Scrabble for cheap so we swung into Goodwill. I found Scrabble for $3.99 (with all the tiles!) - yay! And then on our way to pay we saw Orijinz and it looked fun. We had toyed with just getting coffee anyway, so I said, "Hey, do you want to buy this and go play it at Starbucks?" The hubs agreed and we had a great, cheap date. Much less than we would've spent on dinner - and we didn't even end up going somewhere we didn't really want to simply because we had a sitter! Love!
Just thought I'd share a bit about our evening out - do you have any ideas for dates that are fun and frugal? (And different!) Let me know!