The majority of college students are always looking to do things cheap. They shop Goodwill, eat Ramen, rent books, stand in line on campus for 45 minutes for free food, and drink Natty Light at parties. As common as this behaviour is, what girl (or boy) wants to eat Ramen and watch TV in a dorm room on a first date? Oh that’s right. The desperate ones. Even if the significant other on a date is as poor as a church mouse (or library mouse for the atheists), they still expect to have fun…especially in a place like Louisville with so many fun things to do. The fact is, things in Louisville that seem attractive to a smoking hott date are pretty expensive if you do not know how to navigate the city. I have laid out several $__.00 plans below for a date. This should be pretty helpful. (Disclaimer: since the majority of responsibilty of a date falls to the male in a heterosexual relationship, the article will focus on the guys. Same sex dates are for another article.)
First, as with everything, there are rules. 1) If you do not have a car, borrow one from a friend or roomate: that blonde sorority girl with rich parents is NOT going to want to ride the bus downtown….and neither is the cute one from your class. Girls do not like creepy buses. 2) USE FREE PARKING. On any particular date, this could save you $5-$10…enough to get a tasty beer at the BBC or to leave a nice tip at the restaurant. 3) NEVER jewelry on a first date a) it shows immediately that you are too serious b) it is expensive (read the title.) 4) ALWAYS open the door for your date….ALWAYS. 5) Dress nice for you. Tuxes are a little far…sweat pants are a little disrespectful, but be comfortable. Stiff dates are not desirable. 6) Have fun! Girls like to see guys that are funny and real. If she doesn’t like the real you on a first date, chances are she won’t like the real you at all…aka….not worth it. Now on to the “Plans.”
Operation Louisville Bats:
Go to a Louisville Bats game. Dress Business Casual. Buy good tickets for $10 a piece. Buy Funnel Cakes. Total: $34. FREE PARKING. You have to walk a little ways, but its worth it to save the $5.
Drive to Stony Brook for a nice atmosphere. With your Student ID (from any college in the US), You can see a movie for $7 apiece if not on a Friday or Saturday.
Take her to Wick’s Wednesdays for $10.75 per person. Live DJ’s, dancing, all you can drink beer, and all you can eat pizza. Total: $21.50 (do the math)
This date should be around 4:00 in the afternoon. Casual dress. Drive downtown. There are 2 free parking garages within half a mile of the Panera on 4th street. Eat for less than $20 total. No tips. Walk through the park if it is a nice afternoon. Total: $20
Operation Old $paghetti Factory:
I am setting this as a minimum for a serious dinner date. Any meal should be no less than $30 including tips if this is a real date. Remember FREE PARKING. There are free parking garages at strategic places in dowtown. Eat at the Old Spaghetti Factory on Market Street. Most meals are less than $12 dollars. Do NOT order a meal that costs more than $10; this leaves her plenty of room to get what she wants. If you need something else to eat, get a Little Debbie on the way home…AFTER you drop her off. $0.75 tops. If she likes to drink beer and the date feels like it should not end after the meal, walk to the Bluegrass Brewing Company and buy both of you a beer while you chat. You can each drink a dark, delicious brew for under $10 total. LEAVE TIPS. Total: $43.
You worked hard and made some extra money. Take her to the Bristol or Rocky’s Italian Grill in Jeffersonville. It is across the River…but parking is free at both restaurants. You can easily get out of there for less than $45 including tips. $15 dollars of spending money!! Buy her a drink at Wet Willy’s on 4th street for $10…and you drink water…remember you have to drive. Total: $60
Well these are a few options. Feel free to comment on other things that you know about. Remeber: Have fun!