You’ve put in the time and effort to finding someone online; now it’s your opportunity to impress them. But if your bank balance is still feeling the strain from Christmas, you may be looking for affordable ways to spend time with your date. To help you plan a night (or day!) to remember, we’ve compiled a few budget-friendly date ideas that are bound to go down well with your partner.
Whether you’re organising that crucial first date or you’re a little further down the line, let’s take a look at some cheap and cheerful date ideas.
Host a games night
What better way to blast away January blues than a games night? Play your favourite board (or video) games AND spend time with your date, without leaving the house. Break the ice and get a second opinion on your partner by inviting along a few friends, or get snuggled up on the sofa with a bottle of wine, just the two of you.
If you don’t feel ready to invite your date over just yet, find a local bar that hosts a weekly quiz or games night. Cards Against Humanity tournament? Count us in!
Visit a museum
Museums may sound boring to some, but you’d be amazed at the cool and unusual museums you’ll find in your nearest city. Play with drones and robots at a science museum, or take a step back in time at a history museum. Combine your cultural excursion with a picnic or lunch at a local café, and this makes a great budget-friendly date idea.
Why pay for a walking tour when you could organise your own sightseeing adventure? Map out the must-see areas of your city, from bakeries that sell the best treats in town to historic spots with little-known facts, and take it in turns to be a tour guide for the day. Whether you’re dating someone from a different city or you’re both relatively new to the area, this is a great way to fill a day and get to know one another.
Want a date that’s a little more relaxing, but on a tight budget? January is a great month for restaurant deals if you look in the right places. Hunt around for discounts to your favourite restaurants – and those you haven’t tried yet – to impress your date for less this month. Just remember that some discounts may not be valid on weekends – always read the small print!
Dating doesn’t need to be expensive, if you’re prepared to put a little more effort into planning something original. From outdoor adventures to rainy day activities, these ideas offer something for every eventuality. Got a few fun and free dating ideas of your own to share? Comment below and let us know!