How to date on a budget.

5 free first date ideas

First dates are exciting, exhilarating, nerve wracking…..but also can be expensive too.

Leading an active social life can be quite draining on your financial resources if you are not savvy with your spending. Watching Carrie Bradshaw lead a envious, though thoroughly ridiculous single life, is sadly not realistic for everyone.

Dating is about getting to know the other person and seeing if you click. Searching for your forever lady should never be restricted by your finances.

This article is going to give you 5 fantastic first date locations which are 100% for free.

After all, who doesn't like an affordable date ladies?

Go for a hike or dog walk together at a local shelter

This first date idea has two options in case your date isn't a dog person. Going for a hike is actually a really fun idea. Wind in your hair and eyes sparkling with the exercise, picking a fun location to walk can give you lots to see and talk about.

Whether you are going to admire a breath taking view or cruise around the city at night to adsorb the bustle and noise, your surroundings will inspire you both.

Picking up a happy chappy from a dog shelter can also combine doing a good deed and an awesome first date. A dog walk is bound to end up with smiles and a good mood since you both have done something selfless together.

Go to a free gallery or museum.

We are surrounded by culture and free exhibitions — if we take the time to look them up. Search online for a local art exhibitions and get to know each other while musing over art or having a giggle.

Your surroundings will give you both lots to talk about and can be a conversation starter if you are left grabbing at straws.

Take a fitness class

A nightmare for some but a fun date for others. Most fitness centres offer your first tester class for free. If you are sporty, this is a great opportunity to have some fun and build up a sweat with your date.

Working out puts us in a great mood and releases happy endorphins. Plus, trying out something new together is a great experience for a first date and something for you to bond over. There’s lots of classes to choose, from spinning if you are an adrenaline junkie to yoga if you are more laid back.

Give it a go!

Play some board games in the park

If the weather’s good, take the date outdoors! Find a scenic meeting space and invite your date for a board game in the park for an original date idea.

As an added surprise you can take along a mini picnic or even bring them a coffee or tea on arrival to break the ice as a kind gesture.

Playing games brings out our playful side and can be a super alternative to staring at each other across the table having a drink. Make your date interactive to make sure she won’t forget you easily!

Go to a local market or fair

Most weekends there are local farmers markets, flea markets or community organised events. Why not ask your date to meet you there and walk around and soak up the atmosphere? Markets and fairs are a low pressure location for a first date and can be really fun! Not only will there be plenty to see and do, but you can also sit down and have a nice chat and get to know each other.

The best thing to keep in mind about first dates is be creative! If you are short on cash use this as a positive and think outside the box to really wow your date and give them a refreshing first date.

Remember — having limited funds does not mean you cannot sweep your date off her feet!
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