The moment I had this idea for a post, I started researching about the origin of this expression. The term 'cheap date' was initially coined based on the alcohol-investment needed for a male to take a lady to bed, meaning that, if the investment doesn't reach certain level, the lady in question would be 'sweetly' labeled as 'cheap date.'
I believe -and PLEASE, correct me if I'm wrong- that the meaning of this term has progressively evolved to describe certain date scenarios where a couple can have the best time, without breaking the bank. That's exactly the angle I want to take on this particular post!
Don't get me wrong...if someone (ahem!) takes me on a helicopter ride over Iguazú Falls or flies me to Paris for a dinner in Maxim's, I think I'll be able to live with that the rest of my life.
But to be honest, I still find 'cheap dates' SO romantic and a great way to bond with your significat other: think of a picnic at the beach by Sunset, cooking together at home -or just ordering in a huge Meat Lovers pizza- a good movie, bike rides, watching an exciting game on TV...