1. Take a trip to the bookstore.
This is a date for the outdoorsman or interior decorator, cook or computer buff. Whatever your interest, you'll find it here. If you didn't get to the beach this year, head to the travel section and dream. If you need a good laugh, pick up some comic books. Many of the larger bookstores now sport overstuffed chairs and latte cafes. Sip your Mocha Latte Cappuccino, sink into a chair next to your main squeeze, and tell him how smart he looks with those glasses on.
COST: $8 for two lattes and a biscotti
2. Go to a high school sporting event.
There's football in the fall, basketball in the winter, baseball in the spring—or choose soccer, tennis, swimming, hockey, or lacrosse. Whatever the game, sit in the stands and root for the home team.
During the game, talk about your high school memories. Would you go back if you could? Would you do anything differently? Or better yet, discuss the fashion styles the students are into. Soak up the sense of community at high school events. Enjoy the team spirit and yell until you're hoarse.
COST: $3-$7 per ticket, plus $3.50 for popcorn and two sodas
3. Spend a morning volunteering.
What better way to feel rich than to serve those in need? Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity are in constant need of volunteers. Schedule a time to wield a hammer with your honey. Or volunteer at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, or nursing home. You're working together for a common purpose. This kind of shared experience forges bonds beyond the scope of conventional dating. A volunteer morning will expand your perspective and enrich your relationship.
COST: Free, but $5 to splurge on coffee and doughnuts