Don't bust your budget on a date
Taking on debt for wining and dining isn’t frugal. There are plenty ofinexpensive and creative dating activities that won’t cramp your styleor your wallet.
Taking on debt for wining and dining isn’t frugal. There are plenty of inexpensive and creative dating activities that won’t cramp your style or your wallet.
Meet your date at a local coffeehouse and kick back for a few hours in a casual atmosphere (less than $10). Or, grab coffee to go and walk around the neighbourhood. Share stories and enjoy the chit-chat.
Get active and walk, run, bike, rollerblade, work out or toboggan. Head to a park, go for a swim, or spice up a game of tennis with competition – the loser buys the next glass of vino (less than $20). Take advantage of free outdoor festivals and plays.
Rent old movies or see a flick in the cheap theatres (less than $20). Get to know each other’s friends by hosting games night – charades, board games and appetizers (less than $30). Check out art exhibit openings, book launches or music releases. Tickets are often free or relatively inexpensive (less than $40).
Skip restaurants and turn a weekly grocery trip into a farmer’s market adventure. Pick up fresh ingredients for a home cooked meal which you can make together. Cooking is romantic, fun, and easy – download free recipes from the Internet and follow along. Enjoy a reasonably priced bottle of wine. If the weather is decent, take your meal outside, light candles and bundle up in blankets (less than $50).
If you’re set on going to a restaurant, find a hole-in-the-wall that’s been recommended by someone you trust. Smaller restaurants can be more authentic, intimate, budget-friendly, and have higher quality food than bigger, popular ‘hot spots’ (less than $100).
Dating on a budget often inspires creativity and allows you to showcase your true colours. Always remember that the point of a date is to spend time with someone special, not bust your budget.