Dating doesn't need to be expensive. Falling in love doesn't need to come with champgane and lobster, sometimes it can come with cheap beer and board games. The key to a great date it having fun, so here are a few ideas on how to have fun without spending all your rent money.
1. Plan a walk
Trust us. Depending on the city you live in, this can be a great idea to explore a place you both know and see it from a different angle. You can see it at street level, at your own pace, and without spending more than you can afford. Walking like this is relaxing, it’s fun, and the stimulating surroundings will give you something to talk about in case you’re a bit tongue-tied.
2. Street food
Choose a cuisine neither of you have ever tried, and go crazy. Find a local food market and spend a few quid on buying the most exotic looking or sounding dish you can find. New date, new experiences.
3. Cook for them
Not only is this great because it's relatively cheap, but it actually helps you learn more about each other. It's also a great way to break the ice because both of you are busy preparing food and so it leaves no time for awkward silences.
4. Game nights
If you’re at that stage where you want to introduce them to your friends, it’s a really cheap and social way to get everyone together. Organise an evening around yours, get everyone to bring a bottle of wine, a few beers, or some snack food and settle in for the evening. It also really takes the pressure off your new partner because it’s not intensive one-on-one time with only one of your mates and so they can relax a bit more.
There are also some great pubs that now stock loads of board games, so if you don’t have enough space at home you can get everyone to meet at the pub and do games night there. If you do go to the bar make sure you have set up your Oval round-up step so that OVal can set aside your spare change with every transaciton, meaning you're saving money whilst you're out having fun.
5. Plan a move night
Each of you bring your favourite film and watch them back to back whilst you're cuddled up on the couch. You learn a lot from a person by their favourite film and it's a cheap way to spend more quality time together.