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First Date Ideas - From Limited Budgets to the Wildly Extravagant


Dating on the Internet can be anything from mundane to bizarre. All kinds of interesting, and not so interesting things can happen. One circumstance is putting two people together of similar financial backgrounds. Something a little different would be to pair one frugal soul up with someone who's used to extravagant spending. Either way can be fun, let's explore both.

Before you and potential partner decide to meet up and introduce yourself face to face, consider the best options you have to mapping out your first date and overcoming the jitters that lie ahead.

Creativity always delivers a good first impression. If both of you are on a budget, and going Dutch, then you may want to take a fairly frugal approach. That could mean spending your day on a picnic at the park, having a nice walk along the beach, or even inviting the other person over for a home cooked meal.

If you're adventurous, you may want to visit a theme park and ride the thrilling rides in between trying your best to win an overstuffed animal for the person you found on an online dating site to take home.

Movies used to be a cheap option for online dating firsts, and in comparison, they still are. But in some parts of the country, a movie can get pretty pricey if you plan on devouring items from the concession stand and go when the prices are not matinee-friendly. If the two of you are fans of the arts, you can visit a museum for next to nothing and enjoy the adult atmosphere.

If you can afford to splurge a bit more, then consider going to a professional sporting event or concert together as your first date. There's plenty of action that eases your need to continue the conversation, but also lots of opportunities to allow you to have fun and get to know one another.

Having dinner can be a great way to break the ice, and you can choose a restaurant to meet at that won't break the bank, but will make a good first impression with your online dating match.

Believe it or not, there are many matches made on Internet dating sites where the pair want to live life to its fullest, sparing no expense - even for their first date! If this fits you perfectly, why not plan a trip to Paris or another part of the world?

If thrill-seeking is more your cup of tea, you could parachute or scuba dive, take a tourist ride in a helicopter over the city, or try your luck in Vegas as a big spender. Some couples even attempt to climb a huge mountain as a way to bond the first time they meet. Dating on the Internet can provide couples with a true insight into each other's deepest dreams, so why not cater to the personality of our prospective mate and go all out?

Robb Auspitz is a web designer for e-commerce projects and a part-time writer. For more information please go to Dr. Peter T. Pugliese and pherAdore or The Squidoo lens for pherAdore.
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