Every single man (and many single women too) knows it: dating is expensive. A dinner for two can cost a pretty penny and the price of a movie ticket is astronomical. Add to this the fact that dating apps like Tinder make it very easy to get into the dating game these days, making the risk of being out-of-pocket before the end of the month all the more likely.
Forget expensive dinners and impersonal movie dates, we take a look at some dating ideas that won't leave you with an empty pocket.
Visit a local art gallery
Show your cultural side by visiting a local art gallery. Not only will you be supporting local artist, but you also won't run out of things to talk about.
Tour a local brewery
Craft beer is all the rage and with good reason. Microbreweries are popping up all over the country, so why not pop in and see how the golden nectar is brewed.
Go for a hike
We're lucky in South Africa to be surrounded by nature, and getting away from the city is only a short hop away. Take your date on a romantic stroll while you take in Mother Nature's beauty and get some fresh air.
Have a game night
Despite the popularity of video games, classic board games are still loads of fun. So, grab a glass of wine (or some craft beer from your recent visit to that microbrewery) and cosy up next to your date for some friendly competition. Just make sure you choose your game wisely... many friendships have been tested by a couple of Monopoly hotels.
Attend a local food market
Foodie markets like the Neighbourgoods market happen all over South Africa. It's a great way to meander through the aisles while sampling some of the delicious wares on offer. Pick a few of your favourite delectable goodies and make a lunch of it.
Test drive your dream car
This one is straight out of a movie. Ever dreamed of driving a convertible with the top down on a sunny day? Choose your dream car, then dress up to look the part and pop over to the dealership. Make up your own little back story to make things more fun...
Have a picnic
Summer is around the corner, so when the weather is good why not pack some sandwiches and head over to a botanical garden for a romantic picnic? It's a great way to enjoy being outside and away from everyday distractions.
Bake a cake
Baking is fun and it only takes a couple of ingredients to create something decadent. Find a recipe online for something you both like and whip it up together, then enjoy the results of your handy work afterwards.
Go to a playground
Playgrounds aren't just for moms and kids. Head to a public playground and ride the swings and merry-go-rounds like when you were kids. It's also a great way to work off the calories from that cake you just consumed.
Give back to the community
Whether it's walking dogs at the SPCA, helping at a soup kitchen, or tending to a vegetable garden in a poor neighbourhood, helping out in the community is a great way to connect with the community in a meaningful way together.
Dating isn't necessarily about money spent, and a relatively inexpensive, yet creative date might be a lot more appealing than a standard candle-lit dinner.
Do you have any inexpensive date ideas to share with other readers?