Thursday, March 3, 2016

Five First Dates on a Budget


Spending time with a significant other needn’t be expensive. Often, just being with that person is enough. You don’t need a fancy venue or an expensive meal. Sometimes nights just spent talking for hours on end are the most memorable.

Your first date is a little different, though. There are certain expectations and a need to impress. You want to show your best self and make a good first impression. If your date becomes an important part of your life, then you will never forget that first date. Of course, if it is a total shambles it’s likely you won’t forget that either. But we’ll gloss over that for now.

The following are sure-fire ways to impress him/her that don’t cost the earth. They are not extravagant or showy. Just simple, ways to have a good night (or day) out.

Dinner and a Movie


Ah, the classic first date. This is one of my favorites. It’s especially good if you’re a little shy, and you’re worried about making conversation all night. And the movie will give you something to talk about.

Movie tickets, popcorn, ice creams and a meal can be expensive, though. To make a few savings opt for dinner/movie special offers. Sometimes local restaurants team up with cinemas to offer special promotions.

And if you are worried about making conversation this article will help you out.

Theme Park

If you’re looking for a fun first date, then you won’t go wrong with a trip to the fairground or theme park. You won’t be short of things to do. You can walk around, enjoy the performances and hold hands on the rides. Look out for special promotions like these 2 for 1 Blackpool tickets.

Savings can also be made on food and drinks. Depending on the park, you could always pack a picnic and some drinks.

Eating In


This can be a tricky one for a first date. It implies a certain amount of intimacy. However, if your date is someone you’ve known for a while, then this would work. Set the scene with dim lighting and fairy lights. Note: Not too dim, though. You don’t want to give the wrong impression!

Try to prepare as much of the food as possible in advance. You don’t want to spend your night in the kitchen while your date sits at the table. Make sure you’re aware of any dietary requirements beforehand. This website has some delicious recipes that won’t break the bank.

Drinks needn’t be costly if you shop wisely at your local supermarket. Or, why not go for something different with a few cocktails.

Quiet Drinks

Sometimes a meal can seem a little too much, especially if you have just met. Instead, why not opt for a few drinks. Find a quiet bar or coffee shop and settle back to good conversation and good beverages. Check out the place first to make sure it’s up to scratch. Check the menu. Look for cozy seating and flattering lighting. I like those places where someone is playing the piano in the background, but it’s not too loud to drown out the conversation. All very Casa Blanca.

I mentioned coffee shops in case the date takes place during the day. Or if coffee is more your thing. Again, check for quiet booths and comfy sofas. If the date goes well and you talk for a while, you need to make sure that you’re comfortable.


The theater is often perceived as being an expensive night. And it certainly can be. However, there are cheaper alternatives. Fringe theater is much less pricey and is a rich and vibrant source of entertainment. You don’t have to sit in the best seats in the house. It’s important that you’re not too far back of course. Make sure you have a good view of the stage.

Many theaters offer discounted rates for day performances. Also, look out for theater/dinner combos.

First dates can be a challenge. Conversation can be stunted, and it can feel forced and awkward. There’s an element of ‘being interviewed’ in that you feel as though you’re presenting the best version of yourself. Though there’s nothing wrong with this it can be uncomfortable. Our best advice is not to overthink it. Prepare a little but don’t go overboard.

If you make it past those first uncomfortable minutes and find a connection with that person, that’s where the magic happens. Above all, just have fun. Try not to take it too seriously. It will either go well, or it won’t. Either way, you’ll have something to talk about at your next dinner party.

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