See a movie for two bucks. Drink for a dollar. Take in a fire and light show for free.
You can get away with only having a few dollars in your pocket on date night. But take $5 a bill just to be on the safe side.
Movies and shows
Catch a movie for $2. On Tuesdays at Wehrenberg St. Clair 10 Cinema, 50 Ludwig Dr, Fairview Heights, marcustheatres.com, 618-398-8385.
Watch a throwback movie for $2 Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wildey Theatre, 252 North Main St., Edwardsville, wildeytheatre.com, 618-307-1750.
Take in the Fire and Light Show at Union Station. It’s free at 1820 Market St., St. Louis, stlouisunionstation.com, 314-621-5262. A show runs at the top of the hour from 5 to 9 p.m. daily.
Bowling, skating, games and more
$2 Tuesday at Bel-Air Bowl, 200 S. Belt W., Belleville, belairbowl.com, 618-233-1703.
$2 Tuesday at Fun Spot Skating Center, 1400 West Blvd, Belleville, funspotrocks.com, 618-234-4502.
$5 laser tag from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at The Edge, 701 S Belt W, Belleville, edge618.com, 618-475-6169.
Drinks and food
Have a margarita for 99 cents Wednesday at Margaritas Mexican Restaurant, 807 E Hanover St, New Baden, margaritasbelleville.com, 618-588-3040. The restaurant chain’s locations in Belleville offer $2 margaritas Sunday through Wednesday.
Try the pumpkin spice coffee for $1.59 at Wood Bakery, 115 W 1st St, O’Fallon, woodbakery.com, 618-632-5070. Grab a doughnut while you’re there for 65 cents plus tax.
Go for the $2 sangria at Seven Belleville, 7 S. High Street, Belleville, sevenbelleville.com, 618-277-6700. This red sangria special is available Thursdays.
Crazy about custard? Keep it simple with a scoop of chocolate or vanilla for $1, three dimes and one penny at Sheridan’s Frozen Custard, 5326 N Illinois St, Fairview Heights, sheridansfrozencustard.com, 618-233-9694.
Go wine tasting at the Weingarten, 1780 IL-15, Belleville, theweingarten.com, 618-257-9463. Tastings are offered from open to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday for $3 for five samples.
Protip: There’s a chance your favorite hangout has a deliciously cheap item on the menu. Ask a server about the best night to come in the next time you’re there.
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