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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (June 26, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761534148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761534143
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,263,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great Dates, FUN Dates — for Less!

From the Inside Flap

Great Dates, FUN Dates ? for Less!
Let's face it: Coming up with a creative yet affordable night out can be a challenge. But there are ways to put a charge in your dating life without putting a big charge on your credit card. If you're looking for entertaining, adventurous, or just plain fun dating ideas that won't break the bank, this refreshing guide is your ideal companion.
Steve Smith's Top 3 Cheap Dates:
3. Sidewalk Cafe Date ? What sets this date apart from any ordinary lunch date is that this Cafe's location is truly on a sidewalk?outside your own residence! Surprise your date with a bistro for two complete with a cozy table, centerpiece, menu, food cart and your own server (ask a friend for help). This lunch is sure to win a rave review from your date.
2. Dazzling Dessert Date ? Surprise your date with a post-dinner scavenger hunt that leads to a fun location for a creative dessert. Once your date has collected all the clues and found your hiding spot, impress your date with a wonderful gourmet dessert that you have prepared-- a sweet ending to a delightful evening!
1. Your Lucky Day Date ? Add a little flair with this date! Prior to picking up your date go to each place that you will be taking him or her and pay in advance. As the evening unfolds, enjoy the surprised look on your date's face when, time after time, the two of you become the winner of "free" dinners, "free" movie passes, and so on. Have an employee greet you and your date with the "good news" such as "Congratulations, this is your lucky day! You have just won a free dinner."
Whether you are a young adult looking for new ideas for fun, a married couple looking for some spark, or someone new to the dating scene, inside is everything from energizing first dates to sizzling romantic dates-and each is a date to remember.
·Fun and frugal dates
·Romantic dates
·Sport and leisure dates
·Outdoor dates
·Splurge dates

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This book has a lot of creative ideas!
Chad A. Neivel
I told a friend that I needed to figure out something fun to do for that weekend, did he have any ideas.
Mark
Mr. Smith proves that you don't have to have a wallet full of money to show your date a great time.
tom

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Coberly on November 15, 2005
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The book definitely has a lot of creative ideas for dates and also for impressing your significant other.

Many of the ideas are very good and useful. Also, it is more than just a simple list. Many of the dates and romantic ideas are described in detail. However, the author seems to let his imagination run a little too wild when describing how some of these dates should play out.

For example, the idea of a surprise picnic on the beach is a good idea (though this might not be cheap). Getting a friend to set-up and guard the picnic site as the author describes is not impossible. However, the author then describes how your friend "slips away unnoticed". Easy for him to say; harder to achieve. Then the author REALLY goes off the deep end by saying that the picnic should have everything but wine. Then, as Smith describes it, when your significant other asks about the wine (we are to assume he or she will), another friend of yours either paddles up in a kayak or surfaces in scuba gear with the wine. Putting aside the difficulties of finding a friend capable of kayaking in the open ocean or remaining hidden along the shore in scuba gear, the timing on this would have to be profound.

Another example is the "lollipop surprise" where, according to Smith, you pull out two lollipops from your pocket and your date is puzzled to find a coupon for another date wrapped around their lollipop. He neglects to explain how you might get the coupon on the lollipop and re-wrap it in a non-tacky fashion.

Furthermore:
- Many of the ideas are not really cheap - for example, a "Teddy Bear" date as he describes it would probably run you at least $40.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2002
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Wow! What a find! Being married for 10 years, my husband and I fell into a rut. If we went out at all, it was simply to dinner and maybe a movie (or video rental). I was yearning for something that would bring the fun back into our lives, but that wouldn't break our budget. The date ideas in this book are the answer I've been looking for. The author gives practical, fun, and cost-conscious suggestions for creative dates that can spark a new relationship or rekindle an existing one. My husband and I have been using one idea from this book per week, and we're having a blast! What a great way to feel like a young "twenty-something" in love again!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "fcpf" on July 11, 2001
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In this day and age dating can be more of a challenge than it may even be worth. Not to mention that coming up with a creative date can sometimes seem impossible. After all, when you meet someone you want to make an extra special impression on, you don't want to do the same old movie and a dinner date. Well, with this book those stressful days of dating are over!
When I first picked up this book, I didn't know what to expect. Sure, I've looked through other dating books, magazines with dating suggestions, and even websites that offer dating advice. However, none compare to this book, Cheap Dates: Fun, Creative, and Romantic Dates That Won't Break Your Budget by Steven C. Smith. This book contains a surplus of dating ideas from first dates to dates with your spouse. It is for young and old alike, and I found that none of the creative dates in this book were offensive. Plus, all of the dates in this book were affordable. With gas prices on the rise and electricity prices (if you live in California) this book enables you to have a fun, cheap date without the stress!
I don't want to spoil it by giving examples from the book, but everyone should make this smart purchase. For the price you can't lose! If you're thinking that because this book is inexpensive the date ideas must not be all that creative, you're wrong! What I like most about this book is that all of these dates seem to be a base line. You can take most any date in this book and expand on the idea and tailor it to your likes or that of your date. After reading this book, and actually trying out some of the dates myself, I found that I too have the ability to be creative. This book helped me tap into my own creativity.
Plus, the book also has a icon element to help you navigate through the book quickly and easily.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By tom on May 24, 2002
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I have been waiting for a book like Cheap Dates. I have found myself coming back to this book again and again as a resource for creative ideas when I am stumped. Mr. Smith proves that you don't have to have a wallet full of money to show your date a great time. If you are looking for a way to get out of that movie and a bag of popcorn rut, this book is for you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chad A. Neivel on December 27, 2007
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This book has a lot of creative ideas! It was funny to us because we already do a lot of the things that the book suggest. The ideas in the book are really not that unique, but it gets your mind thinking on how to have a fun time with less money.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark on May 13, 2002
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My wife and I have been married for a few years. It is not that we are not creative people, but we started to fall into that same old weekend routine, go to dinner at our favorite restaurant, then catch a movie or possibly rent a video.
One day my wife commented, "We should go on a date." A date; I asked? "Yeah, have some fun. Like when you first met me." Well the ball fell in my court, a fun date? What could we do for a date, and have fun?
I told a friend that I needed to figure out something fun to do for that weekend, did he have any ideas. He told me about Steven Smith's book.
Well it has been several months since I purchased the book. I have to say that my wife and I have enjoyed the books creative ideas, which has helped us to have some of our best dates. This book certainly has assisted us to have more fun, adventure and spontaneity in our weekends. I recommend it for singles and couples alike. Thanks Steven!
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