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Dating doesn't need to be expensive. Falling in love doesn't need to come with champagne 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 pounds 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.

You can find out more about their likes and dislikes, and the relaxed environment means you can get to know each other in your own time.

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 or some snacks 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 friends 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 transaction, meaning you're saving money whilst you're out having fun.

5. Plan a movie night

Each of you bring your favourite film and watch them back to back whilst you're cuddled up on the couch. It's fun, it's relaxed, and you can learn a lot from a person by their favourite film! It's a cheap and romantic way to spend more quality time together.