Need some budget dating ideas?
The weekend is fast approaching and your head and wallet is already starting to hurt thinking about how much money you and your new beau will have to spend on a date night! But before you consider whipping out the credit card or selling your right arm, have a look at 6 options that won’t leave cobwebs in your wallet:
6 Dating Ideas That Don’t Break the Budget:
1. Explore The Outdoors
If you are lucky enough to be in summertime right now then you really have no excuse not to get your walking shoes on and discover new horizons (literally). You don’t necessarily have to be an adventurous type or overly fit to make the most of the outdoors, but rather it’s about making the most of your surroundings and discovering new territories together to build memories and have fun.
2: Get Cosy With a Homemade Dinner
Who said cooking has to be boring?! Why not spice up a regular night at home by taking it to the next level and converting it into a date night right inside your own home! Whether you want to theme it up, add candles and flowers or simply have a cool indoor picnic on your lunge room floor, the possibilities are as limited as your imagination (or fridge contents). If you’re not the next Masterchef then homemade pizzas are usually always a win plus they are under budget!
3: Enjoy a Picnic In The Sunshine.
It’s such a simple, yet effective and romantic way to spend time together and the best part is it won’t break the budget. Make sure you choose a spot that is out of the harsh elements and that you also do a weather check beforehand. Go the extra mile and bring real wine glasses and plates with cutlery rather than just the plastic and paper ones you want to throw away. Turn your picnic into an experience rather than just your average rug-on-the -grass- with-chicken-in-bread saga.
4: Join a Group!
They say three is a crowd, but when you add multiple people it’s a party! Have a look in your local paper or google what sort pf community/ leisure or lifestyle groups are around in your area. Most of the time they are free to join and you can pick which events you want to attend. It’s a great way to meet new people and couples as well as do something different that doesn’t cost a bomb!
5: Check Out Your Local Paper
You may be surprised to see that you have a world of budget opportunity right there in your neighbourhood. Lots of the time community newspapers and noticeboards will post up events on their social calendars which can include things like: art exhibitions, fetes, bushwalks and music festivals or markets. So get savvy and go and buy a newspaper (it will be the best $2 investment you’ll make!)
6: Get Your Sport On!
This is for the people that love to sweat a little, whether it’s having a hit of tennis, hiring a canoe or perhaps doing an outdoor fitness class, there are plenty of cheap options for a date that’s full of fun. So what are you waiting for? Never underestimate the importance of spending quality time with one another or nurturing the romance in your relationship, where there is a will there is a budget way!
Renee Slansky is an Australian TV presenter, writer and motivational speaker, and whose love for romance and heart for women has compelled her to start The Dating Directory. From a young age she started leading and counselling women and was often called on by strangers and friends for relationship advice. She now writes for some of the largest online dating sites and magazines in the world including The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Your Tango, Plenty Of Fish, eHarmony and more. She can be heard on the radio or seen on TV regularly, sharing her tips and teachings.
Her writings offer a witty and relative outlook with practical advice on life and romance in the 21st century.“I was born a romantic, always envisioning my perfect Mr Darcy riding in on a white horse with his top 3 buttons undone revealing a bronzed chest. Oh, I had it all planned out, and of course when you do that, nothing actually ever goes to plan and all of a sudden you’re flat on your bum in your skinny jeans that cut off the circulation, thinking what the hell went wrong?!I’ve visited “Square 1” enough times to consider building a home on it, I’ve climbed ex-boyfriends fences and cried on bathroom floors at popular night clubs (for embar-rassment purposes we shall bleep the names!) I’ve been loved, hated, revered and ostra-cized. I’ve been at the top of Success Mountain and tumbled down to the bottom again and again. I’ve dated men with children, men who carry baggage, and men who…well…-just aren’t man enough.”
Renee continues to have an impact globally on women encouraging them to shine through any situation and build the life and relationship they deserve and will be launching an e-book this year, as well as building her youtube channel and several online education programmes.