Dating can be an expensive business. No one wants to use the phrase “cheap date” but if you’re testing the dating waters and seeing a few people then it can stack up financially. It needn’t do so though. There’s plenty you can do without it breaking the bank. Here are my top five ideas for how to have a cheap date without it feeling like a cheap date.
It may sound a tad clichéd, but there can be nothing more romantic than a walk somewhere beautiful together. Time to hold hands, put your arms around each other whilst looking at a stunning view, and loads of opportunity to talk about everything and anything. And it needn’t cost you a penny. A quick search online can bring up loads of walk ideas all across the country and plenty of them take in a pub or cafe as part of the route.
Following on from the romantic walk, why not walk somewhere with the aim of eating or drinking alfresco. A picnic is wonderful on a hot summer afternoon, but equally romantic can be sharing a flask of hot tea and a slice of cake after an exhilarating walk along a windswept cliff top.
Fancy yourself as a bit of a culture buff? Why not head along to a museum with your date? Many of the big ones in city centres including London, or smaller local ones are free of charge, or only have a small entrance fee. They can be fascinating places covering all different subjects so a spot of research beforehand and you’re bound to find somewhere just right for you and your date.
If you look in the local press it seems that for most of the year you can find some sort of local event going on that is often free to attend but can provide you with a great day out. A recent food festival where I lived meant the maim street was pedestrianised for the day and there was live music, loads of wonderful food and drink stalls and excellent cookery demonstrations too. Arranged by the local council it cost nothing to attend, but was easily on a par with some paid for festivals that I have attended in the past.
TV and radio recordings
Attending a live performance is always a wonderful thing to do with a date, but tickets can be expensive. The thrifty way of doing this is to get on the mailing lists of the production companies that provide audiences for TV and radio recordings. Over the years I have seen some top performers and brilliant shows this way and if you live near where they are recorded it’s a brilliant option for a cheap night out. There’s a small element of risk as they often give away more tickets than they have spaces (so that the audience doesn’t look empty on TV if people don’t show up) so I advise getting there a bit early to be near the head of the queue, but it’s well worth it.
If you’re looking to find that someone special then take a look online for the best dating sites. It might be that you’re looking for a Bedfordshire dating site, or just over the boarders a Hertfordshire dating site or a dating agency Cambridgeshire. Further afield there are sites like Dubbo dating to cater for your needs. Whichever site you use at least you can do so safe in the knowledge of how not to break the bank whilst dating.
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