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I've had dates at fancy restaurants and gone on pricey excursions––and those are fun, don't get me wrong––but there's nothing quite like getting some food together and going out on a little picnic. I once took a day trip into the mountains and had a picnic with someone I liked along the Hudson River. It was a really lovely time, actually. (It didn't work out, but the nice memory remains.)

After Redditor RaynbowArcher asked the online community, "What are cheap date ideas?" people shared some of their favorite options. Whether you're a fan of picnics, museums, or drive-in movies, there's bound to be something here for you.


"A walk in the park..."

A simple picnic is actually romantic. More time to talk to one another.

Another one is movie night which is very common but classic.

A walk in the park (or in the woods if you're already familiar with your date but if it's a first date or someone you met for the first time then NO.).

vintagepointy

"She asked what I was doing..."

I took one to a flea market.

She asked what I was doing this weekend. I said going to the flea market. Wanna come?

She was really excited and had fun eating food truck food and haggling with vendors.

corvumcorrespond

"Pack up an old blanket..."

Pack up an old blanket, a couple of sandwiches, a few snacks, and a couple of bottles of pop or water, and head out to a park or the nearest pretty nature spot.

Picnics are always fun and frugal.

DavidGKowalski

"All you need..."

Making pasta. Super cheap. All you need is flour and egg. And time, but it's a date so you'll have time to chill and bake.

Bighayss

"There is a 'downtown' area..."

There is a "downtown" area in my city with old fountains. We love to find old pictures of different parts of the city and go see what has changed.

Yeteeth_thy_baby

"Go to the country..."

Go to the country with a six-pack and watch a meteor shower, but you'll have to wait for the right date. There's a great one on August 11th, a couple of smaller ones before that.

Strix780

"Go on a scavenger hunt..."

Go on a scavenger hunt around a park or downtown. Watch the stars at night. Go for a drive to a small town and wander around. See if any schools are allowing spectators in for sports or theater productions and support your local high school.

Hobbit_n_Hufflepuff

"My local drive-in movies..."

Go to a drive-in movie! My local drive-in movies are $10 to get in per car so me and my boyfriend load up on cheap pizza and snacks.

sadfckingcuts

"You either find something..."

Open mic nights (music, comedy, poetry). Usually free. You either find something/someone you really like or you have a good conversation about the bad sets after.

amid-the-noise

"Stargazing in the woods..."

Stargazing in the woods, exploring abandoned buildings, checking out your cities most obscure alleys, midnight jogs in the park, sleepovers, hanging out in your basement trying out new lotions.

CrowWarrior

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But I’m not the only adult who still feels like a child! I think a lot of us can relate to that. And to be honest, we can be very unprepared for what life throws at us.

U/cracksandcrevices asked: What is an adult problem that nobody prepared you for?

The worst part is the cruel awakening that we actually have to, you know, do stuff on our own.​

Choosing things is hard.

Having to not only make important decisions by myself (I expected that much) but also having to do so in a timely fashion uninhibited by indecision.

Kurenai_zera

Having to make decisions is such a big thing for me. Intellectually, of course I knew I'd have to make decisions. I just want ready too make them without knowing the consequences and at the speed of life.

Billionai1

Errands eat up sooo much time.

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How much time you spend just doing stuff.

"Oh need to replace my tire and that's over by the store, so while I replace the tire I can do some errands and I'll save time and be home in no time" three hours later "Okay just one more errand before I head home"

Also how putting off a small task just a couple days in a row can quickly amount to a longer chore/responsibility later. "Eh I can just leave this in the sink, get to it later before bed" x 2 days "Why is this grime caked onto this plate still I've been scrubbing for 10 minutes straight!"

WhyImcalledqueen

That’s what delivery is for.

Being sick and having to care for yourself. Like when you were younger your parents would get the medicine, or the medicine cabinet would just be stocked all the time, etc. But here I am with a cold having to build up the energy to go to the supermarket to buy some asprin and throat lozenges all by myself.

Niwawhahatuira

Underwear gnomes are the true pests.

The endless cleaning. I had chores when I was a kid, but I had zero clue how much actual work went into keeping house. I cleaned my house this morning and by midweek it'll be a war zone of pet hair, crumbs, and dust. I don't even have kids wtf it's like the underpants gnomes show up when I'm asleep and mess my house up.

Sn00dlerr

Another sh*tty thing is the crushing loneliness that comes with adulthood. Why didn’t they tell us that we would have no friends after the age of 25?

The only thing I miss about school.

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A lack of community. Growing up you have your elementary school. Each day you see your friends and participate in activities together. Sometimes they move away and sometimes you do, but it largely stays the same through high school and middle school. Flash forward to adulthood and you're just alone. You want to make friends IRL, but have no idea how to go about doing it without seeming creepy, desperate, or god knows what.

This is really hard when you are not overtly religious so you cannot join a religious community. My friend and I talk about this from time to time, it's arguably the hardest thing to deal with in life. It gets worse the longer you live, as you know you are outliving your generation.

Nevek_Green

The reason why I have cats.

You can go days on end without having to speak to a single person, at first it's a dream come true, after about 2 months you start talking to your toaster to pad the silence while waiting for your toast.

Austinape9

I literally haven't spoken to someone beyond saying thank you/no when buying groceries in months. At first it felt kind of freeing and now it's just kinda sad.

Peachesnplumsmf

Ditto on this advice.

The inevitably of your parents dying. My dad just passed away and I'm 25...no one could have prepared me I guess.

Mkg1995

I feel you. Mine passed away back in August when I was 28. There's nothing you can do to prepare for it, and I'm afraid I have no magic words to make it better. Just know you're not alone. I'll never say it gets "better," but it eventually starts to suck less and your hard days get a little less frequent. I'm so, so sorry.

Ginger_pale_1805

​The sad fact is, you have to start fending for yourself with no one to help you. And that’s terrifying.

Saving money is hard for this reason alone.

Basic home maintenance: when to change air filters, smoke alarm batteries, timing of lawn care, how often do you clean the gutters, are you supposed to clean under the stove, what is edging, how do you recycle, how to change locks, etc.

Ctsom

Not to mention the random costs that spring up. Trying to save up money? Good for you. Except your sink just sprung a leak so you need to pay a plumber to fix that. Now you can save money agai... Nope, car needs servicing. Okay, your can definitely save money now.... Wait, that leaky sink sprouted mold so now your bathroom needs to be gutted and redone.

TechyDad

We are all Squidward.

Being absolutely exhausted most of the time. I never thought I'd be the 'I hate everyone' guy. But I am and everyone can f*ck off.

Tuvasbien

We all become Squidward after hitting a certain age.

KvltDrummer

You either die a SpongeBob or live long enough to become a Squidward.

Me? I'm Patrick. F*ck your rat race.

Poopsicle_88

As someone who has lost a parent, I can tell you that sometimes you will never be prepared for certain events in your adult life. Everyone’s experience is different, and sometimes adulthood just means figuring it out for yourself.

You got this, grown-ups of the internet. I believe in you

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