1. Swap a dinner date for a breakfast date
This is an outright obvious money saver. Breakfast is cheaper than dinner. When I go out for breakfast with my husband, we really splash out and regularly order the most expensive thing on the menu, like Eggs Benedict Royale or American pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Even with drinks we generally still get change from a £20 note. Try doing that on a dinner date! The added bonus? You’re more awake and alert and therefore give each other the best of yourselves.
2. Try something new together
“Do you remember the time we…?” The memories that stick out most in the mind are often the first time experiences or out of the ordinary events. I can’t remember the last dinner date I had with my husband, but I sure can’t forget the time we went stand up paddle surfing or the time he took me climbing for the first time. Trying something new together will give you a new story to tell. Will it be funny, adventurous, fraught with mild peril, who knows? But it will bring you closer together. And perhaps you’ll come away with a new hobby you both love.
3. Save the world over a coffee
If I said fashion, you wouldn’t think corsets. If I said film stars, you wouldn’t think Charlie Chaplin. So if I say board games and you think Monopoly, Risk or Snakes and Ladders, then like corsets, you could be stuck in the past. The board game scene has seen a huge revolution over the last 20 years, and there are now tons of different games that appeal to pretty much anyone. Don’t believe me? Then try date night option three; visit a board game café.
There are so many types of two-player game, you are bound to find one you’ll enjoy. Be that saving the world together, racing hot air balloons or just fighting each other in a head to head battle of wits. And don’t worry if you’ve no idea where to start. The staff in board game cafés not only recommend games, but explain the rules and then serve you coffee and cake or beer and nachos while you play. Typically you’re looking at £5 entry each to play as many games as you can fit into four hours. Even after food and drink, that’s pretty money savvy. And what’s more, you might find a game you both love, order it online the next day and voila! Loads of free date nights playing board games at home.