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The Great 'Cheap Date' Hunt

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Marriage, Relationships & Families
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Marriage, Relationships & Families
Spring may be long passed, but single men and women of all ages are still on the look out for romance (ok, ok not always romance, but my grandma may be reading).  

Unfortunately impressing a prospective isn't always easy if you're budgetting, so I thought it time to tap the collective knowledge and creativity of MoneySavers to see what we could come up with - to help all those looking for love (see grandma comment above).

Stories of successful past cheap dates most welcome too
Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
Please note, answers don't constitute financial advice, it is based on generalised journalistic research. Always ensure any decision is made with regards to your own individual circumstance.
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  • SG has got this one ........half a lager and a packet of crisps ;D
    Cheap,maybe not successful :o
  • Mrs_ThriftMrs_Thrift Forumite
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    You can't beat a good ole' fashioned pic-nic! :D

    Even if it's only a bag of 5 for £1 jam doughnuts in the city park! That was one of my favourites, especially as it was for no particular reason and Mr Nearly Thrift made me close my eyes as he drove me there so it was a surprise.

    That's got to be a favourite summer date.

    And in the autumn I love feeding the ducks in the park with leftover bread (love the trees in the park as they're turning.)

    Visiting botanical gardens is perfect in the spring when the sun's shining but it's not that warm outside yet.

    Walking is good at any time of year, but in the winter you can't beat walking in the sharp cold, especially if it's frosty or snowing - in the park, round the streets, in the countryside, anywhere - all wrapped up warm and holding hands, followed by a nice hot chocolate. Mmmm.... ;D ;D ;D

    Ms Thrift
    (Secretary of the Midlands Branch of Romantics Anonymous)
  • derondaderonda Forumite
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    A nice walk along a beach (if you have one nearby) does not matter if it is cold - you can keep each other warm. Followed by a nice hot cup of tea. Not heart stopping stuff but really nice.
  • DarrylDarryl Forumite
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    Are you trying to tell us something Martin... ;-)

    Darryl.
    ... Fool's Gold ...
  • SarahsaverSarahsaver Forumite
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    Cheap? Free! For women anyway...
    The man should pay for everything on the first date
    And every subsequent date until you are married
    Otherwise it isnt the date thats cheap, its the relationship.
    Women - we need moneysaving men but not skinflints.
    controversial and old fashioned maybe but ive had my fingers burnt (and pockets emptied) by a couple of men who wouldnt have bothered if I didnt then have gone halves or paid for everything.
    Come on I can hear it now, someone gearing up to have a go at me... ;D


    IMPORTANT NOTE INSERTED BY MARTIN
    The above question is an interesting and important one - however to keep this discussion on track on "cheap dates", i've started a separate discussion on 'who should pay" - to go there instead please click here
    Member no.1 of the 'I'm not in a clique' group :rotfl:
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    To avoid all evil, to do good,
    to purify the mind- that is the
    teaching of the Buddhas.
  • rachrach Forumite
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    i once went on a first date where the guy suggested (when we were already out) eating at Burger King, and when i declined we ended up settling on pizza hut....and he then insisted on checking out whether he could get 10% off woth his (mature) student card before we went in (it was only the £6 buffet at the end of the day!). i'm all up for moneysaving but i think thats taking it a bit far... needless to say we never progressed to a second date.

    i think that the picnic idea is a nice one, and i'd be up for a bike ride or similar on a date (as long as they weren't loads fitter than me!!)
    Mum to gorgeous baby boy born Sept 2010:j
  • Mrs_ThriftMrs_Thrift Forumite
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    Oh Rach, I'm not surprised there was no second date! Burger King is definitely NOT the way to impress a lady!

    OTOH, when Mr NT and I were really struggling in our first flat on about tuppence ha'penny a week (or thereabouts) we would make a big deal out of saving up our pennies to go to a cafe for lunch, or to the cinema on cheap night, or out for a drink during happy hour, and always had a fantastic time.

    Depends on the way you deal with the cheapness, I suppose, and wether only one of you or both are cheap...... ;)
  • MSE_MartinMSE_Martin Money Saving Expert MoneySaving Expert
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    I was wondering why my Kentucky with a voucher technique was failing :(
    Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert.
    Please note, answers don't constitute financial advice, it is based on generalised journalistic research. Always ensure any decision is made with regards to your own individual circumstance.
    Don't miss out on urgent MoneySaving, get my weekly e-mail at www.moneysavingexpert.com/tips.
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  • FranFran Forumite
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    It's not the voucher that's the problem as some people have less money than others and some save their money, but it could be that KFC isn't appealling, especially on a first date, though it could give you something to talk about for a long time afterwards. But if you want a date I would avoid the topic of KFC altogether.

    For true romance, it wouldn't matter how much anything cost, but I would expect interest to be shown in some way. Something as simple as good old flowers or something that makes the other person think you have thought about them. (Though check out whether the person likes flowers, someone I know can't stand them and she would be better wooed with a present of weedkiller!)
    Torgwen.......... :) ...........
  • Edinburghlass_2Edinburghlass_2 Forumite
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    Martin, you are with Orange.......text 241 with the word film and next Wednesday you can take a "friend" to the cinema for free ;)
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