Can You Still Date On A Shoe String Budget?
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It is a material world out there, full of lonely singles keen to put themselves out there but unsure how to do it at all, or are just completely terrified to make moves in the right direction for fear that they will be knocked-back for not looking the best, not being cool enough or not having the cash to make up for either one of these.
Money is a tricky subject when it comes to dating; you don’t want to look like you’re showing off if you have money, and you don’t want to look too thrifty if you don’t, so how can you look good without forking out for overly expensive meals, cocktails and activities?
It is a bit silly to try and work out how much an average date will cost, but let’s try anyway, as it will give us a nice starting point to see where savings can be made:
- New outfit - £100
- Dinner - £60
- Club - £30
- Alcohol - £80
- Taxi - £20
That seems like an awful lot to spend on someone whom you may not know that well yet, but it is probably what a lot of people spend. Even split evenly it is a lot of money.
Cost Cutting Simplicity
The first thing you need to do in order to start saving money on dating is to think outside the box. Far too many people blindly trek along on boring dates with no imagination that involves drinking or maybe sitting in a dark cinema not talking. Here are some alternative dates that cost nothing, will be much more romantic and get your relationship off to a much better start.
- Walk in the park – Don’t be afraid to suggest something really simple like this. You get to spend real time together talking and getting to know each other, not distracted by booze and other people. It’s free and will progress your emotional relationship further than any drunken fumble.
- Online deal – Why spend more than you have to on a night out. Check out the many online offer sites for a good deal in your area. It doesn’t even need to be a meal; it could be a random cruise on the local river, a driving experience or a hot air balloon ride. The more random the better as it will make it so much more memorable.
What is your idea of a perfect date?
Sammy Foot is UK dating enthusiast. She regularly explores dating websites UK in order to find new and exciting people. Sharing is Good