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  • finlay666
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 12:46 AM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 12:46 AM
    Decent spread of home cooked food for a picnic, bottle of wine or 2 and a trip to the park and bob is your mothers brother for 15 or less
    • thebigbosh
    • By thebigbosh 23rd Feb 11, 6:08 AM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 6:08 AM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 6:08 AM
    I recently had a date where I took my date to a couple of places where I knew (because of her job) she could get a big discount. Cue acting surprised when she stated the fact, and happily picking up the tab myself. Happy days!
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  • PoisonIvy1983
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 9:02 AM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 9:02 AM
    My Hubbie and I go out on what we call ‘10 dates’. This normally involves jumping in the car or on the Bus and going out on a day trip either to local nature reserves or free places of interest (mainly the museum) this normally only cost the petrol or the bus fare and the price of a cup of coffee and a cake and we both have a great time.
  • elliep
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 9:34 AM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 9:34 AM
    It wasn't a first date but before I married him, my hubby took me to a resturant and explained that he'd chosen that one because it had good reviews combined with the fact he had a buy one main meal and get another free voucher.
    It actually appealed to my moneysaving side, I appreciated the fact that he was taking me more upmarket than he would otherwise have done and when he explained that my meal had been free and therefore he was only buying my drink and desert I felt happier about letting him pay the lot (I was working and he was a student at the time).
    I was looking for a man who was sensible with money and the fact that he had researched and looked for a voucher was actually a big plus for me. In the end it turned out that it wasn't his usual way and his regular splashing out on things that we couldn't afford was a contributing factor in him becoming my ex-hubby.
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    • Keybilly
    • By Keybilly 23rd Feb 11, 10:48 AM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 10:48 AM
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    Last week, my date took me bowling. As it was the first date, he paid for the tickets then I paid just under half back. Also he paid for the first drink and after the 2 games he said there was a bar near by that was cheaper. He chose to take me to the cheapest pub in the town which I don't think is right for a first date. I did buy the drink in the next bar, but on a first date you really need to make a good impression. If he had used vouchers for the bowling, this wouldn't have concerned me, but going to a cheap pub does!
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  • Queen_of_Sheba
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 10:48 AM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 10:48 AM
    Saving up for our wedding makes my fiance and I very inventive. Our cheapest date was trawling Ikea to sit in the design sets and dream up our 'house of the future' then eating the Wednesday specail at the cafe - 15 meatballs and chips for 1.50 each, dessert 75p each! We love that we're both frugal and had a good laugh that we were so cheap
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 25-02-2011 at 11:59 AM.
  • Scotty1.7
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 11:16 AM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 11:16 AM
    Ha cheapest dates are ones who don't turn up
    • caitybabes
    • By caitybabes 23rd Feb 11, 12:04 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 12:04 PM
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    • 23rd Feb 11, 12:04 PM
    Going on a winter picnic is one of my fave dates. Bake up some ginger biscuits, heat up a nice hot drink to put in a flask (e.g. hot chocolate, mulled wine, spiced apple juice) and go for a walk to a pretty park/forest. Bring a rug to put down on a bench while you have your biccies and drink and cuddle up
    • flizzy
    • By flizzy 23rd Feb 11, 12:18 PM
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    I was taken on a picnic once as a second date, and he said he'd sort out all of the food. He bought loads of bits for it and conjured it all out of his backpack, included a baguette folded in half! It can't have cost much but was fun

  • Lifeschild
    Get Paid to go on a date!
    Welcome to a new extreme in dating everyone......and yes I really did stoop this low......

    Right. Casinos usually offer you a bit of something free when you join or maybe on your 2nd or 3rd visit. The Alea Casino in Nottingham offers you a 5 match bet and 5 off food for your second visit so here is the deal.

    You and the woman/man you wish to take out visit the casino the day before and register (its free) then walk out. Then the next day (officially your second visit) both of you go to roulette and use your 5 match bet on roulette. What this means is if you put 5 down the casino will match it and you keep any winnings, so: place one match bet on black and one on red on the SAME spin. This gives you a 97.3% chance of winning (due to house edge owing to zero nether being red or black) now this will mean you spent 10 of your own money on the bet but you receive back 15 if either colour comes in.

    Then we went over to the restaurant and had their 4.99 Sunday dinner they serve between 12 and 6 on a Sunday for free (due to the 5 off food vouchers).

    So we leave having had a free meal and being given 5 and to top it of we walked over to the pitcher and piano for a free pint as advertised in last weeks MSE email.

    Net profit 5 with which I went into tescos and bourght my girlfriend some a few red roses. I know, I know, I really am an old romantic.

    In the words of Neil Bucannon: "Try it yourself!"

    (on your third visit they give you a free 10 bet so take your next date there and place on red and black again for a 97.3% chance of making a free tenner!)
  • Mulrey
    food vouchers
    My second date with my lovely partner invloved us going to a curry house because he had a bogof voucher.

    A few months into our relationship we went away with two couples he knew very couple stayed in the Hilton, one in the Ibis; guess who stayed above the kebab shop? Albeit across the road from the Hilton & dead centre in the city :-)
  • Pee
    I think it all depends on your view of making a good impression. I can think of places I've been where the drink prices have been ridiculous and nothing to make up for it in terms of view or atmosphere and if I was in one of those places, I would really welcome someone knowing there was somewhere cheaper around the corner.

    It is of course hard to talk about these things before a first date, but much easier after a few dates when surely noone would mind vouchers being used, unless they were looking for someone to pay their way through life. In that case I would be happy for my vouchers to put them off.

    I've been with my boyfriend years but he appreciates that we get to visit nice places at a much reduced cost, including the hotel and restaurant reviews that I do where it is effectively free.
    • Deanied
    • By Deanied 23rd Feb 11, 1:38 PM
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    I love cheap dates. I find the deals and then my boyfriends pays. On Monday we went to the Science Museum (free entry), then Sophies Steakhouse for a two course lunch (bogof), then to see 'I am number 4' at the cinema (free tickets). Dates shouldn't be about the amount spent, but the fun had.
  • FabSascha
    I love Les Miserables and my date knew this, so he arranged for us to go and see it. I was really excited until I realised that he knew the ushers and had arranged for us to sit in the usher's seats (right at the back facing down the stairway) so the ushers had to sit around our feet as we'd taken their seats. Then when anybody walked out to go to the bathroom or for the half-time break, they were giving us some very strange looks....I could've swallowed this following the theory that it's the thought that counts, but he guilt-tripped me into buying ice cream, sweets and drinks (really expensive at the theatre!) because he'd 'arranged' the date. So the date cost him nothing, but cost me quite a bit more than I'd planned for. It didn't work out with us, sadly....
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  • bare foot hippy
    The first proper date with my boyfriend was a trip to the cinema....It was Hot Fuzz, it was released on Valentines Day and that happened to be an 'Orange Wednesday' so it was a 'cheap date'. We had also agreed before hand that neither of us were into Valentines Day and the forced spending associated with it, so we would just ignore the calendar and enjoy the movie. 4 years later we are still together, we don't do Valentines but we regularly make use of bogofs, vouchers, freebies and 'creative' entertainment/gifts. He tells me one of the things he loves about me are my frugal ways And if any of my friends makes a 'poor you' face at the lack of Valentines gifts... I point out that their other half only spoils them on VDay, mine spoils me every month or so 'just because'
    • caedle56
    • By caedle56 23rd Feb 11, 2:48 PM
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    Totally free date. One boyfriend I had many years ago arranged to meet me at the gates of a local large park, I thought we might be going to the Hotel which was in the park for a meal or a drink. Wrong, we walked around the lake and then he steered me to some trees just out of sight of the general flow of the park and proceeded to grope me! It was clear he expected a lot more. Surprisingly, I didn't see him again.
    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 23rd Feb 11, 4:43 PM
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    Last week, my date took me bowling. As it was the first date, he paid for the tickets then I paid just under half back. Also he paid for the first drink and after the 2 games he said there was a bar near by that was cheaper. He chose to take me to the cheapest pub in the town which I don't think is right for a first date. I did buy the drink in the next bar, but on a first date you really need to make a good impression. If he had used vouchers for the bowling, this wouldn't have concerned me, but going to a cheap pub does!
    Originally posted by Keybilly
    Are you seeing him again, maybe you can get a discount in the cheap bar if you're regulars.
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    • bebebelle
    • By bebebelle 23rd Feb 11, 4:48 PM
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    Art Gallery was free. Nice few hours.
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    • vesper
    • By vesper 23rd Feb 11, 4:57 PM
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    My partner took me out one year for my birthday, for a meal, at a restaurant that gave you your meal free if it was your Birthday. So he only had to pay for his own meal (which was also on special offer as it was a lunch time deal) and a couple of drinks. It didn't bother me that much though, was glad that he saved the money and could spend it on something more useful.
    Last edited by Former MSE Penelope; 25-02-2011 at 12:04 PM.
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