Dating On A Budget
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If you're new to dating or starting to date after the breakdown of a relationship, one of the things to consider is MONEY!
The cost of dating can add up with dating site subscriptions and the cost of meals and drinks etc but also for a healthy relationship it's important to be, honest with yourself, and new partners about your finances.
I'm not suggesting taking your Experian credit report to the first date, but don't feel pressured into agreeing to dates that are unaffordable, and when things become more serious it can be a great opportunity to have an open discussion about financial goals and expectations from the relationship.
There are plenty of ways to be creative with dates that won't cost a fortune and can be a really fun way to get to know each other...
A great budget dinner but also really romantic! Take your time to think about the setting and discuss who will bring food, drinks, blanket etc. Maybe agree to bring your favourite foods to share and see how many you have in common!
My favourite picnic food is hummus, pita bread, olives, sundried tomatoes and wine, in case you were wondering!
Check out the Facebook event page for free events in your local area, or if you're old-school (or just despise Facebook like me!) try the local paper. I often see live music, art exhibitions & outdoor cinema events that are free in my local area
Staying in and cooking a meal is a great way to save money, and you can impress them with the effort you go to!
Candles and a good playlist will help create the right atmosphere, and if you can't cook maybe order a takeaway which is still cheaper than eating out.
Use Discount Codes
Most high-street restaurants have vouchers and codes for cheaper meals so have a look at what is available. If your date suggests a venue check the website to see if they have any vouchers, or special menu discounts.
If you're looking for days out Groupon often have the things you never knew you needed in your life, so you might find some inspiration and a good deal!
Go For A Coffee
If you're casually dating and don't want to pay for meals out suggest a coffee and then go for a walk if things are going well!
If you're someone who appreciates and enjoys nature, or fitness, it is worth seeing if your date enjoys the same activities and then you can plan a second date around things you have in common. A great way to find out what you have in common before meeting is to try a service like welovedates.com
Don't break the budget on a first date - I would prefer to sit through a coffee to see if there is any chemistry than commit to an awkward meal for a first date with someone I hadn't met.
Let me know your first date stories and if you have any good suggestions for dating on a budget?