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How to pull off a budget date in this economy

 How to pull off a budget date in this economy (Photo: iStock)

For some time now, the economy has been putting extra pressure on us. Something as simple as going out for lunch or dinner has become a threat to people's monthly budgets.

This is actually a real concern because it seems that only millionaires are able to have a successful dating life while everyone else just watches. But the truth is, you don't need a lot of money to have a thriving dating life.

A little bit of creativity will stretch your dating budget a long way, so explore these different ideas on how you can still have fun dates on a budget:

Go out when it's BOGOF season

Buy-one-get-one-free seasons are a lifesaver, not just for people planning dates, but for everyone. There's nothing more exciting than knowing you will get two for the price of one, and this is perfect when you're trying to save a few coins and still go on a date.

You could try out different eating spots and maybe even be on the lookout for happy hours. In some restaurants, they have offers every week so you can plan dates anytime.

Go to a place with many activities

Traditional dates involve going out for a fancy lunch or dinner. Most of the time they end up being expensive, and sometimes even a little bit boring.

You could shake things up a bit by trying out entertainment spots for adults near you, where there are different activities all in one location. You will be able to have fun jumping from one activity to another and save money at the same time.

Go for a romantic walk

Walks might seem very basic and boring but actually, they are very intimate. There is something about being outdoors with no distractions that really helps people connect.

During your walk, you will have a chance to open up to each other with no pressure. Plus, you could bring some snacks along when you get hungry.

Have an at-home date

A humble at-home date is also a very romantic, but budget-friendly date you could consider. Although your home might have this monotonous feel to it, you can instantly transform it into a romantic location to give it a new vibe.

With some candles, petals and romantic music in the background, you will forget that you're even in a space you're in on a daily basis. Also, try and prepare a special dish that will enhance the experience instead of making something you eat often.

Go for an event

An event date could also be a fun experience that's also friendly on your pockets. You could check some of the latest inexpensive events your favourite artists are talking about and schedule your date around that.

The event will keep you busy and engaged and if you need to eat, you could easily buy some affordable snacks from the vendors around. You will be able to pull it off well if you go with a plan so you don't end up overspending on drinks and food.

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