AD | Romance doesn’t have to be stressful and expensive. Sometimes, it doesn’t even have to cost a thing! Although a fancy meal out is a nice treat every now and again, a lot of people these days are opting for more chilled out and even free options when it comes to going on dates. Let’s not beat around the bush, money isn’t always flowing and budgeting can be difficult. When your income goes on bills, rent and food, sometimes we don’t have the luxury of a romantic night out.
But that’s totally fine and definitely nothing to be ashamed about. I’ve vowed to talk more honest and openly about money this year, not only how to make it but also the nitty-gritty side too. And the fact is, sometimes, we’re skint. Dating doesn’t have to cost a bomb. If you’re looking for love, then you can be using totally free dating sites too – such as WeLoveDates.com – which don’t require you to pay a subscription. Lots of couples like to have regular date nights (with the exception of my boyfriend and I – whoops) so here are some cheap or free date ideas for those who are on a budget!
A picnic in the park
Simple but effective. If the weather is right, then there’s nothing sweeter than making all your favourite food, grabbing a comfy blanket and heading to your favourite grassy spot for a picnic. Cheap but cheerful and if you can’t make it out anyway, then your garden is always an option too!
Making a fort and having a movie night with a takeaway
A takeaway and a movie is my favourite kind of night. But if you’re really going all out to make it special for a budget date night, why not try making some sort of fort in your bedroom or living room, add some fairy lights, comfy cushions and your laptop and there you have a super cute but romantic date night!
Have a board games night with another couple you know
Let’s make it a double! My boyfriend and I love having games night with another couple we know. They’re not date nights for us but they’re super fun and always end in lots of laughter. So if you’re thinking of maybe mixing things up and doing something different, make it a double date. And don’t forget Cluedo.
Visit free museums
In most cities, museums are free to enter. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum in London both are and they’re both spectacular places to visit. Although the train fare will cost you, visiting museums is a great option for a chilled out and budget friendly date idea!
A walk or a bike ride in nature
If you’re a more active couple, then use that to your advantage. This could be a totally free date idea which required nothing more than you, your partner, a helmet if you’re riding a bike (don’t forget, safety first) and some snacks. Find a local nature reserve if you have one and go wild. If you’ve got a dog, even better!
What free or budget friendly dates have you been on? I’d love to hear your suggestions!
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