Inexpensive date options do exist

By Emily Clark
Times-News correspondent

   It is about that time of the year, when all the summer job money is dwindling down and teenagers (and twenty-somethings) across Alamance County start begging their parents for money. It is expensive to be in a relationship, but that doesn’t have to mean broke teenagers cannot have one.
Here are some options for those looking for some less-expensive date ideas:
• Take a trip to Barnes and Noble Booksellers in Burlington and buy coffee, then look at books.
• Go to a fall festival. These can be super fun to explore and look at cool booth items (and offer some great picture ops). Autumn Fest is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Mebane. Gibsonville’s annual Fall Festival is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Oct. 12 in downtown Gibsonville.
• Take a picnic to Cedarock Park (and thrown in a round of disc golf if you like to be active).
• Go out at night and watch the sunset or look at stars (truck beds with blankets and pillows provide comfortable seating.)
• Take a walk around Elon University’s campus, and then swing by Smitty’s.
• Play pool at the bowling alley.
• Go eat breakfast for dinner somewhere inexpensive.
• Take a walk in Saxphahaw and then paddle board down the Haw River (there is a station on the water where locals can rent kayaks and paddle boards).
• Have a game night.
• Go to the Drive-in movie theater in Eden. Visit www.edendrivein.com/ or call 336-623-9669.
• Go explore small, cute downtowns and eat local.
• Go pumpkin picking — then go home and carve them.
Dating someone does not have to mean paying for dinner; get creative.

Emily Clark is a senior at Burlington Christian Academy and a Times News correspondent.

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