Guest blog: 9 Awesome Date Ideas That Won't Break The Bank
Dating is an expensive business. And, whether you’re going dutch or picking up the bill, a night on the tiles can be a serious thing to factor into your weekly budget. But, an awesome date doesn’t have to mean re-mortgaging the house or applying for a pay day loan, nor does it always need to include dinner and drinks. From an autumn walk to lunch for a fiver - here are 9 creative and, more importantly, affordable date ideas that won’t break the bank.
1. A picnic in the park
Even in autumn, wrapping up warm and lying on a blanket with a bottle of red and a packet of olives can be a real treat. There is something romantic too, about being out in the open air - and means you can splash out on a decent bottle because you’re not paying the earth to sit at a bar.
2. Look up
Whether it’s a walk around your city noticing the buildings you’ve normally passed by without a second glance, flying a kite on a windy weekend afternoon or lying on the grass at night for a spot of star gazing - there’s more up there than you realise, and no better conversation starter on a first date.
3. A spot of culture
There are plenty of galleries and museums which are free or accept a small donation. And, whether you’re an art buff or not, wandering around a gallery on a date is a great way to get to know each other in an environment that has a bit more substance than just sitting opposite each other in a bar.
4. Amateur dramatics
Am-dram productions are affordable and often great fun - and will give you plenty to talk about after.
If anything starts a conversation going it’s having an animal in tow. If you have a dog, what better than to suggest a walk - cheap, cheerful and what’s sexier than a person who loves animals? Brownie points all round.
6. On your bike
If you’re working on your fitness goals, suggesting a sporting activity for a date together is a great idea. Whether it’s a bike ride, a jog or a yoga class, seeing your date in all their sweaty glory means only one thing: i they want to see you again - you know you’re onto a winner.
7. Window shopping
If you’re the sort of person who loves a browse why not suggest a walk around the shops. Sainsbury’s might be pushing it a bit, but wandering around a market, a vintage emporium or day dreaming through the windows of high end fashion boutiques can be a lovely way to while away a Sunday afternoon.
8. Go nibbling
There are street food markets popping up all over the place now and they all have a fantastic atmosphere and, often, plenty of nosh for under a fiver. A street food market will give you a plenty to talk about, and if you really can’t stretch to a dish, many of them give out complimentary samples too, and what’s more fun than a free bit of grub?
9. Watch a movie
First dates should always be somewhere neutral. However, once you get to know one another, there’s no reason why going to your date’s house for a home cooked meal or to watch a movie shouldn’t be an option. There’s enough of Netflix to keep you busy for days.
… The chill bit is obviously optional.
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