3 Cheap Yet Romantic Date Ideas

by Moneymax, on category "Lifestyle"

May 20, 2014

Being sweet doesn’t mean being broke.
Sometimes we try too hard just to impress that special someone. If you could just have a date with her to the moon, even if the clouds don’t let you. We wonder: does a light budget sacrifice the romance? Surely not. Here’s a story:
Money isn’t everything, so as they say but, working eight hours a day in a Third World (but emerging) country basically entitles me to a decent-but-not-excellent salary. My obligations, both personal and financial, are a never-ending pile, and I am only left with a small sum of cash for other priorities. By priorities, I mean depositing money in my savings account or spending quality time with my loved ones. All of these, however, still involve shelling out money, and I really don’t have much.
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Being in a relationship comes with expectations that we need to fulfill. Commitment comes with physical and emotional attachment; and whether we like it or not, your finances can be of real expense, too. I hate to break it out loud, but these expectations can get really crazy – crazy expensive. Sounds familiar?
Don’t drown yourself in frustration because I found some ways on how to surprise my partner without breaking the bank.

#1. Free Movie Passes

We watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier for FREE. My partner thought we weren’t going to watch the movie that weekend because I cannot afford to pay for tickets. Hold your thoughts. We alternately pay for dates, and I was responsible to pay for that weekend. And, I was ashamed that I couldn’t even afford to buy two movie tickets for us. Yes, desperate times will come to you as it did to me.
I got the free movie passes from a membership card, and all I did was exchange our previous tickets. If you watch movies every weekend, then you should ask a staff member from your favorite cinema if they have the same membership card. It’s like a frequent moviegoer’s card with perks. I’m glad I paid P150 for it several weeks ago.

#2. Affordable Fun Run

“Fun runs” are trending because it’s a good source of raising funds for important causes. Almost everyone I know is eager to participate and make their own part, beating their own records and all these health stuff.
For sure, I thought of a nice (and healthy) way of being with her for P300 for a 3K-“run”. We’re not there to win the race, but to be together and experience a unique activity and support a worthy cause. We woke up at around 4am, have cheap breakfast and making superb conversations while running – sometimes, walking. I’m looking forward for more fun activities like this.

#3. Discounted Hotel Room

Some people think credit cards are evil. Well, It could be, but it really depends on how you use it. In my case, I recently found out that I can use my credit card for our dates – romantic dinner, travels, name it. Every time I use my credit card to whatever I buy, I accumulate points every time. Last week, I just booked a room in one of the hotels here in Metro Manila using my credit card for 50% less than the original rate because of the points I acquired by using it.
What are other cheap dates you can suggest?
– Anonymous

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