Dates nights don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Whether you’re trying to impress a new Tinder match, you’re celebrating one year of a shared Netflix account with your partner, or you just want to take your mum somewhere special for her birthday – there are plenty of cute dates that’ll get you brownie points for effort, without breaking the bank and sacrificing your Friday night pizza delivery.
1. Rent a canoe or kayak, and soak in some Vitamin D
Most places near the water rent out canoes or kayaks for dirt cheap. Impress your date with your paddling prowess while soaking up the sunshine and enjoying the summer weather. A few hours out on the water sure beats another night in arguing over which movie you should watch – and you’ll get bonus points for all those Insta worthy photo-ops out on the water.
2. Volunteer together
Go to an animal shelter and volunteer by walking some puppies. Nothing says romance quite like staring lovingly at each other while walking some cute dogs or playing with kittens. Studies also suggest that acts of generosity increase happiness… we’re just saying…
3. Find a cheap (or free!) class to take together
Impress your date (or, your mum) by learning to cook Italian, or trying your hand at pottery (avoid any attempts to recreate that scene from Ghost in your pottery class… don’t be that person). A class will impress your date with your newfound cultural flair and appreciation (even more than that time you watched a foreign film together) and your skills could save you money in the future when you whip up a meal for your date at home, instead of splurging on an expensive Italian restaurant.
4. Bowl them over with a night of… yep you guessed it, bowling
Bowling is a relatively cheap date activity, and you’ll be putting your best foot forward by wearing those ridiculously trendy shoes (yeah, you know the ones). If you’re a student (or, you’re dating one!) that magic student card can come in handy to get discounts on your entry. Most bowling alleys also do cheap Tuesdays, so enjoy a midweek night out and save some money.
5. Go to an arcade
Impress your Tinder match with unparalleled foosball skills, or your ability to shoot down zombies in record time. Also, who doesn’t like the idea of winning their date a comically oversized teddy? Finally, all those video game skills come in handy.
6. Go on a picnic
Pack up some perfectly thought-out snacks and enjoy having a deep and meaningful conversation over a vegemite scroll and your finest cheese platter. Who needs a fancy restaurant when you can turn your local park into your own romantic dinner for two.
7. Hire a bike and explore
If you and your date are the adventurous types, bike hires are a cheap way to explore the city while finding your 30 for the day. If you want to amp up the cheese factor some places even have tandem bikes available, the perfect ride to your romantic picnic in the park.
If these dates don’t make the cut for that special occasion (or, you like, really, want to impress your Tinder match), Nimble offers a range of cash loans that’ll help you take your date to see that band they won’t shut up about, or treat your mum to a meal at her favourite fancy restaurant. A Nimble car loan can help you ditch the bike hire, and finally purchase your own pair of wheels to pick up bae and whisk them away for date night.
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