Ten dates for under a tenner

Teddy bear picnic in sunny park

In this cash-strapped economy it can be difficult to find extra cash to splurge on expensive dates for the object of your affection, so we thought we would give you a few:

  1. Take a picnic to a local green space

Picnics can be inexpensive, but are often considered weather dependant. Depending on your locality, you might want to have a backup plan just in case it rains. Sticking with the picnic idea you could always move furniture around and have an indoor picnic in your lounge or bedroom. Its fun, low stress, and shows that you aren’t going to let a little thing like bad weather get in the way of having a great time.

  1. Take a walk along a canal or river

Taking a walk together can be a great way of enjoying each others company. For one its free, you get to choose the scenery and its a very low stress way to spend time together.

  1. Find a hill or beach and enjoy the sunset together

Lets be honest, sunsets are just romantic. Its lovely to have the excuse to cuddle up as the air gets colder. If you pick the right day and time of year you can have an incredible and memorable date for free and gratis.

  1. Volunteer together

Choose a cause that you both believe in and get active. Whether that is anti fur protests, pro choice campaigning or becoming active in a trade union, it will give you a chance to do something together that you both believe in. This will bring you together in more ways than one, and its likely to make a lasting impression for both of you.

  1. Borrow the same book from the library and read it at the same time – plan time to discuss it

Books are a great way to set your imagination alight. Reading something together is an intimate experience. You get to share your ideas and views on the book as the plot develops, and at the same time you get to support your local library!

  1. Paint each others bodies

So we are getting a touch more expensive, and a little more risqué. Buying some inexpensive watercolours and brushes and painting your lovers body is an intimate and romantic way to spend a few hours. Whether you are a gifted artist, or, like me, someone that hasn’t picked up a paint brush since school its guaranteed to be a memorable date.

  1. Spend the afternoon at a café people watching

Find a spot to spend the afternoon overlooking a busy street or walkway. Sit and watch the world go by together. Make up interesting stories about passers by, and enjoy being quietly together over a cup of tea or coffee.

  1. Visit a gallery or museum – there are often local artists displaying work, see if there are any near you.

Lots of places have galleries, museums or shops displaying art that is for sale. In larger cities like Dublin, London and Birmingham it will be easy to find somewhere, but even in small towns there are often artists communities and occasional shows.

  1. Enjoy bath time – light some candles, run a bubble bath and enjoy lathering up your sweetie

For a date that doesn’t require you to leave the house hook up some music, light the candles and run a bubble bath (it might help to check that the object of your affection isn’t allergic to the candles or the bubble bath. After all you don’t want your date to be memorable for the wrong reasons!). Spending time lathering up your sweetie is likely to be a treat for both of you!

  1. Find a local farmers market or flea market and enjoy a slow stroll around it.

Local markets are a great place to take someone. If you can find a flea market you will almost always discover quirky trinkets, and you may even find that your date has a hobby or collection that you didn’t know about. Farmers markets on the other hand tend to be colourful, and rich in smells and sounds. You might even find some great ingredients to take home with you so you can impress with your culinary skill.

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