Going on a first date can be an intimidating experience even under the best of circumstances. Going on that first date when you are dead broke is downright scary. If you are long on romance but short on cash, you need to be a bit creative.

Despite your lack of cash, you do not want to look cheap. At the same time, you need to conserve your resources without having your date catch on. Before you pull out that 2-for-1 coupon you found online, try these four first date ideas first. Each of the first dates on our list are fun and engaging, and none will cost you a ton of money. Best of all, your date never needs to know that money is in short supply.

Whether you’re looking for things to do in LA or in your local area, most of the activities on our list can be adapted to any location.

Check out the local farmers market

A trip to the farmers market is a perfect first date activity idea. You can chat and get to know one another while you browse the stalls and check out the delicious home-grown meats and produce. Best of all, you can spend as much, or as little as you want.

Picnic in the Park

You can take the inexpensive produce and meats you just bought and enjoy a lovely picnic in the park. There is nothing like a picnic in the park to spark the romance, and the cost will be far less than dinner at a gourmet restaurant.

Browse a Museum or Art Gallery

Most art galleries and museums do not charge an admission fee. They’re filled with spectacular works of art and artifacts to admire. If you want to show off your sophisticated side and make a great first impression, just head to the nearest art gallery for some fun, and free, browsing.

Museums in Los Angeles don’t need to be traditional, however, and to give your date that extra touch of excitement, consider the Museum of Illusions for a more interactive experience!

A Tour of Local Coffeehouses

If your date is a caffeine junky, they can get their fill with a tour of the local coffeehouses. No matter where you live, there are probably at least a few independent coffee houses left in your area. Put together a list, grab your mug and get ready to have a caffeinated good time.

You do not have to spend a fortune to enjoy a wonderful first date. With a little bit of creativity, you can put together a fabulous first date that will make you look great – and not at all cheap. You do not have to let your lack of cash get in the way of your dating life or sit home alone because you fear looking like a cheapskate. The five inexpensive first date ideas listed above can help you get started, and the rest is up to you.