By no means are we asking you to put a monetary value on your relationships with your loved one... but we’re still recovering from Christmas and now we have to pay for Valentines?! Forget expensive flowers and gifts to show your affection for your chosen beau we have found FREE (or nearly) alternatives for everything dating.
No longer a whispered word in the dating industry, online dating is now mainstream and a credible way to meet new people. Research by Metaflake* found that in 2012, online dating contributed £170 million to the UK economy, that two thirds of Britons used mainstream dating sites and a third of all new relationships started online. There are whole ranges of dating websites for whatever you’re looking for. However, if you don’t want to have to pay for the service, we have listed free sites to sign up to.
Creating the right impression for a date is crucial and you don’t want to get it wrong and ruin everything. However, you don’t want to spend a fortune on how you look either, after all, it’s only the first date and you don’t want to go through this every time you go out. We have tips on how to look sharp for less.
Volunteer to be a hair dressers’ model, where trainees practice their hair cutting skills on you. Trainees are always supervised but very rarely you may not be happy with the outcome or something could go wrong. However, this is rare and the salon will have procedures in place to rectify mistakes- make sure you understand what these are before you take part!
Do you have a stylish friend or an older sibling who always looks good? Why not borrow clothes or offer to swop clothing, like for like. Alternatively, there are plenty of places online where you can swop clothing instead of buying it- some even deal in designer outfits. We’ve listed some below:
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Salon Guinea Pig is a great site which matches you up with beauticians in your area who are recently qualified or starting their own business. Just say what treatments you're interested in and the site will match you up. Sometimes these treatments are for free, other times they're discounted- definitely worth a look! Alternatively, go to the beauty counters in department stores, which usually give you a make over there and then for nothing.
Instead of buying an expensive card, why not make your own? If you’re expected to make some declaration of love, write your beau a poem or a ditty (think along the lines of ‘roses are red, violets are blue...’) or even find a love poem and copy it out. Why think of ten ways to say ‘I love you’ when there’s plenty of good (and many more bad) ways to say it already out there. Plus you’ve taken the time to write it out, yet another personal touch.
The best things in life are free, so instead of spending money on expensive meals and trips out, why not appreciate the nicer things in life?
Remember your childhood days, go for a walk, buy some bread and then feed the ducks. You may get attacked by seagulls, swans or geese, but it’ll be a great story to tell the grandkids presuming you survive the experience and spend the rest of your lives together.
Get your wellies on and find some country side to walk around. It could be a local wood, canal or park. Take a picnic or just enjoy each others’ company. The Walking Englishman has a list of walks in your area.
Grab a sandwich or two and find a picturesque spot for a picnic. Remember insect repellent and wasp spray. Oh and take an umbrella and water proofs in case our glorious English weather makes an appearance.
For those clear, summer nights. Grab a blanket and some tasty snacks then watch the stars for signs of life. If you’re not sure what the constellations are called, have fun making up your own.
Go for a play on the swings or just take a football and have a kick about.
Buy a paper, find a comfy seat and try your word skills, just don’t bicker with each other when you can’t figure out the answer to the clues.
Who wouldn’t want to be in a house filled with boxes of competitive fun? Whether you’re a monopoly capitalist at heart, or a wannabe surgeon with a shaky hand, release your inner competitive streak and see how far you get.
Nobody’s expecting you to channel your inner Heston Blumenthal or Delia Smith. Just choose a recipe you’ll both like then follow it. If it’s a disaster it’s a fun story to tell people, if not you’re showcasing your talents.
You choose a DVD, they choose a DVD. Get some tasty snacks and enjoy. Alternatively, revisit a childhood favourite and reminisce about the good old days before the internet.
If you’re feeling slightly more cultural, drop in on an art gallery and check out the exhibitions. Even if you snigger all the way around, it’s something to talk about!
If the free date ideas aren’t bringing inspiration, what about discounted dates? Paying for a meal with voucher codes is a great way to save money and still get a treat. We’ve listed the voucher code sites below.
Alternatively, why not celebrate Valentines on the 15th? Many of the valentine’s gifts will be discounted and attractions may even have discounts too.
Do you have any other tips for free dating? Let us know below!