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5 Ideas for Dates With Friends

Spend time with friends without spending a lot of money.

By Liz Kennedy from readersdigest.com

I love my friends and I love going out to eat. So it’s only natural that when I want to get together with someone I usually suggest we meet for dinner… or lunch, or breakfast, or brunch, or ice cream. But lately I’ve noticed that my dates with friends have been adding up on my credit card bill and my waistline. In an effort to save money and calories I’ve come up with five ideas for cheap and diet-friendly friend dates.

1. Meet for a walk or jog.
You won’t believe how much faster 3 miles goes by when you are discussing the latest gossip or Gossip Girl.

2. Clothes Swap
You know you’ve got clothes in the back of your closet that you don’t wear anymore and you know your friends do to. Host a clothes swap party at your house and you could end up with a brand new wardrobe without spending a dime!

3. Gym Class
You’ll get your sweat on and maybe even a few laughs watching your friend attempt to do a push-up.

4. Apple Picking or Farmer’s Market
Catch up while you fill your basket then take the apples back to your house and bake a healthy apple crisp together.

5. Game Night
Some of the best evenings I’ve had were when my girl friends and I have gotten together for a night of games and good wine. Whether it’s charades, Catch Phrase, Taboo, or Twister, game night is always a blast.

What are your fun ideas for dates with friends? Share your tips with us!