Luckily for you, the most fun date ideas are in public! Besides all the browsing, antique shopping comes with a built-in second date. Go to a thrift store and pick outfits to wear out for a drink. If you're worried about things getting awkward, opt for two one-man kayaks instead of the two-man canoe. A picnic is always an adorable and money-saving option. Check zoos and aquariums for deals; many have discounts weekly or at the end of the season. The places where people spend time say a lot about them. You pack the main course and he packs the sides, or vice versa. If the pool isn't your thing, the hot tub is another—steamier—option. This could be difficult if you don't have a fire pit, but sitting around a fireplace is similar. Have a drink at your favorite place; have another at his.
Professional sports tickets are probably out of your price range, but smaller games are affordable, if not free. Going to a comedy club isn't that expensive, but if you want to save cash, some clubs, bars, and coffeehouses have free open-mic nights so you can catch some up-and-coming performers. Give people backstories, discuss interesting characters, and get to know each other.
Lululemon offers complimentary yoga classes, Home Depot gives DIY home improvement courses, and Williams-Sonoma teaches cooking. You can play one-on-one, against another couple, or stick to playing Horse. It's a nice way to start your day, and you'll have a partner to help with the puzzle. Talk music, family, and nostalgia while flipping through rows of classics. Admission is cheap, and the animals will give you lots to talk about.
A pickup game is a fun way to get to know someone if you don't mind getting sweaty. Instead of dinner or lunch, get up early for eggs and bacon. Even if you don't collect records, stores are full of conversation starters. Check your calendar for dog competitions and shows, horse shows, and more.
Put your cooking skills—and taste buds—to the test with a recipe you've never tried. See: 28 Things You Know If You're A Girl Who Loves Food 36.
Plus, if it doesn't work out with him, you still have the cookies. Instead of just sipping coffee, you can play Scrabble or Battleship.