Top 10 Ideas For Dating On A Budget

So you’ve met a person you have a spark with and you’re ready to woo them.  You don’t want them to know your financial situation or maybe you wheedle out materialistic partners.  A perfect date doesn’t have to cost the Earth, although I’m not suggesting a trip to your local McDonald’s drive-through.  Don’t do that.  You’re not going to impress anyone with your BigMac.

The Picnic

picnic date

It’s a bit of an obvious one, but a picnic during the warmer months goes a long way.  Pay attention to details.  Handmake the food and package it beautifully.  Take along a comfy rug and a couple of cushions.  Orchestrate a romantic playlist on your chosen music device and you’re away.

Al Fresco Dining

al fresco date

It’s pretty unlikely you’ll have a view like the one in the photo above, but work with what you have.  Set up a table in your garden with your best linen, whip out your finest crockery and cook up a storm.  Impress them with your prowess in the kitchen.  Don’t forget the candles, fairy lights and soft music.

The Beach

beach date

How about good old fashioned fish and chips followed by a moonlight walk on the beach?  Who doesn’t feel happier being beside the sea?

Movie Night

movie night date

Pick a movie you’ll both enjoy, get some yummy snacks in and settle down for a romantic night.  This is a firm favourite for once you’ve already met a few times and know he’s not an axe murderer.

Watching The Sunset

sunset date

Pack a flask of coffee or maybe a bottle of prosecco and a couple of glasses and spend the evening talking whilst watching the sun go down.  Mother Nature’s free movie.

A Drink In A Country Pub

pub open fire date

Find a homely country pub with an open fire.  Having a drink in a pub doesn’t have to cost the earth.  Also great for a first date as it’s neutral territory.

Dog Walking

dog walking date

A dog is a brilliant distraction if you’ve a bit nervous.  It’s a good sign of how things are going if the walk is further than your normal route.  If your date doesn’t like dogs, run a mile – who doesn’t love dogs? (I might be a bit biased here…).

The Penny Date

A friend of mine told me about this.  It’s from the Heart website.  The instructions are on the photo but it looks like it could be a lot of fun.

penny date

Museum Or Gallery

Personally, I could spend hours wandering around a gallery.  I really enjoy art.  It’s free to visit galleries and museums so it can make for a really inexpensive date and it’ll give you a sneak peek into their personality type too.

Being At One With Nature

nature date

There’s something so calming and peaceful being immersed in nature without the constant buzz of people and electronics.  Once again, not ideal for a first date, but spending time with your favourite tipple and a blanket such a perfect venue.  You could even combine it with catching your own dinner if you’re not the squeamish type.


It’s really important to make sure you’re safe when on a date with a stranger.  If it’s super early on in your relationship or a first date, also stay somewhere public and let someone know where you’re going.

If you haven’t yet met the right person, there are some great ways to meet people online, for example, Edinburgh dating siteover 50s datingYork dating, Hereford dating or Galloway dating.

Thanks for reading,

Lu Lovely

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  • Reply August 31, 2017


    A picnic and the beach sound lovely but we usually always stick to movie night especially with having kids and then we don’t have to worry about having a babysitter either. xx

  • Reply September 9, 2017

    Katie Halsall

    Some really great ideas here! I love the penny one – you’d have some random days out with that method.

  • Reply September 9, 2017

    Sarah Humphreys

    Hubby and I try to make a date night now and again, usually it is the pub or a meal and the cinema but a moonlit walk is my favourite, I used to love walking along the beach where I used to live.

  • Reply September 11, 2017


    I love the penny idea! And anything food related, even home made, is always a winner in my relationship!!

  • Reply September 12, 2017

    good date questions

    i love your blog and always like new things coming up from it.

  • Reply September 17, 2017

    five little doves

    Great tips! We often sacrifice date night because we are skint but this shows you don’t need money to date! Dog walking was an interesting one, we have a dog but I never really thought about that as a date before!

  • Reply September 19, 2017

    Chloe Ciliberto

    I love this list!!! We’ve tried every single one of them so far apart from museum/gallery. I must add that to our things to do! 😀 Our favourite is the beach or al fresco dining with a picnic! 🙂 xx

  • Reply September 20, 2017


    Great ideas! I love watching the sunset with my husband – though it is often through a window these days, as the children go to bed so early 🙂

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