Love can cost you.
American singles spend about $20,000 on average dating in a lifetime, according to event planners Paint Nite who surveyed 1,000 people on the ins and outs of dating.
For the more than half of all millennials who are currently single, based on a Gallup survey, that's a large chunk of change.
These days, just dinner and a movie costs about $90 — even more if it's in 3-D. On average, a special night out on the town can set you back a few hundred dollars.
But there are plenty of fun things to do that don't break your bank. To that end, here's how to date on the cheap without feeling cheated on date night:
Going out for drinks can add up quickly, especially when cocktails can cost more than $14 a glass in many metropolitan areas. Instead, try meeting for coffee, especially if it's a first date. If you still prefer the bar scene, pick a spot during happy hour and snack on the free chips or nuts.
Or go "bar hopping" with friends by rotating among friends' homes and supplying your own drinks and snacks, suggested Victoria Fillet, a certified financial planner and founder of Blueprint Financial Planning in Hoboken, New Jersey.
Wine shops also often offer wine tastings for free. Try the tasting, then "buy a bottle of wine and go find a good spot to catch the sunset," said equity strategist Ken Talanian. It's a romantic way to spend time over a drink without paying restaurant prices, he said.
Parks, in general, are a great spot for a cheap date, Talanian added. "Sometimes the best dates don't have to be expensive," he said. "A picnic, wine and cheese in the park, or even an ice cream date can be more enjoyable than an expensive dinner."