Dating always appears to cost a fortune on the surface of it, but it really doesn’t need to. In this post I’m going to share some top tips to date without breaking the bank.

Firstly, start local! Choosing a local dating site means that your prospective matches and connections are much closer to you, thus preventing expensive travelling or long distance relationships if it works out. All you need to do is search online for your nearest town or city and dating site (so for example Leeds dating site or dating sites in Leeds).

Another option is to look at free dating sites. There is so much choice out there so don’t feel limited or restricted. The more flexible you can be about your dating pool the greater the chance of success.

Once you’ve found someone you want to go on a date with, find somewhere that’s not going to break the bank. That doesn’t mean stick to McDonalds (don’t get me wrong – I love my fast food but there’s a time and place for it and you are trying to impress them after all). There are plenty of lower cost restaurants, or even think outside the box and go somewhere like a walk or a picnic. There are plenty of cheap or free activities you can do that won’t cost a fortune.

This hint is a bit controversial – but once you’ve decided on a location – look online for a voucher or discount code. Some people think this will make you look cheap, but why spend money you don’t need to? In every other social situation, vouchers and discounts are totally acceptable so I don’t understand why they can’t be used on a date. To me it shows that you are sensible with your money.

When planning for your date – be sensible. You don’t need a brand new outfit for every date. Check the back of your wardrobe, there’s bound to be something there that you’ve forgotten about and which will feel like a new outfit to you. Another option is go to the charity shops. I love going to the charity shops to find bargains. You can find new or nearly new items at a fraction of the cost price. Even if the item isn’t brand new – it will be new to you and so you will feel able to shine! Another option is to borrow something from a friend – particularly shoes or accessories – as this can save a small fortune. Swap shops for sustainable fashion are getting more and more popular so keep your eyes out for one of those – you take in up to ten items of your clothing and get to choose up to the same number of items that other people have brought along with them to the event. They can be really fun and social events, you can get clothes and accessories for free and they are great for the environment.

Whilst it can be appealing to agree to share a cab or get a lift – if you are meeting someone new then you need to think about your safety though. Meeting in a public place close to good public transport is a must, and good transport will make it easier and cheaper to get home.

Categories: Frugal Living

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