Why not ask a good friend if you can borrow a dress, or their smart jacket, for a special date if you don’t have anything suitable in your own wardrobe?
So long as you don’t take too much (and take care of their stuff! Better in than in It might be called ‘going out’ together, but dates can be about ‘staying in’ too.
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Cuddle on the couch and reminisce about “remember when”, telling your favorite stories of when you first started dating. Go to the botanic gardens and hold hands while you stroll. Get a pint of ice cream, hang up twinkle lights on the patio, and enjoy your ice cream outside together in the evening. We’re minimizing our spending by doing a No Spend Month.
So it makes sense – certainly financially – to start small, perhaps with a couple of drinks, and splash out further down the line when you’re more sure you’re onto a winner.
Daytime dates Who says dates have to be in the evening?
And picnics aren’t just for summer – just find somewhere with shelter, wrap up warm and pack a blanket!
Do your research Finding out your date’s interests and suggesting imaginative things they might enjoy is a great way to build a connection, but you don’t have to fall into the trap of thinking you need to impress them with expensive ‘out there’ ideas – just do some homework and be creative.
Ok, so there’ll probably come a point when you’ll want a fun night out together (or something that ends in an excuse for a nightcap! But in the early days, when you’re just getting to know each other, daytime dates are a great way to save money.
Firstly, for many it’ll mean less money spent on pints and cocktails.
Date like you’re still in high school and enjoy these fun ideas together. Have a dance party in your living room and dance to your favorite songs from high school. Borrow a movie from the library or find a movie on Hulu and make homemade stovetop popcorn while watching the classics. Pack some cheese, crackers, and grapes and your favorite old quilt and have a picnic on the lawn.