What Are Some Tips For Dating On A Budget?

By Karyn Markwell | 13-Feb-09 in Dating
Karyn Markwell

Like the rest of us, you’re probably strapped for cash from time to time. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t have some memorable dates with your boyfriend or girlfriend!

In the months before you become engaged to someone, and then in the following months before you get married, it’s important to spend a lot of time together to build a solid foundation of love for your future relationship. Whenever you date, you should seek activities that will draw you closer to one another, and to God.

  • Sharing a meal is an ideal way to date, as eating meals together have always been a sign of friendship. You don’t have to eat out at a restaurant; home-cooked dinners or picnics are ideal
  • It’s a great idea to involve your families in a lot of activities as well. It’s exciting to spend time just with your boyfriend or girlfriend, but it’s important that your family gets to spend time with him or her as well – especially if you do later marry

Here are some wallet-friendly dating suggestions, for those times when your finances are tight:

  • Pack a picnic for yourself and your boyfriend or girlfriend and spend the afternoon in your local park. You could also turn this into a family occasion by inviting your families. Bring some balls and frisbees and make a day of it
  • Spend the day together at the beach. It’s the weather’s warm enough, you can swim. If it’s too cold, collect sea shells and walk instead
  • Snuggle up together on your back verandah for some stargazing. Looking at the night sky inevitably leads to a sense of our own minuteness. Spend the evening contemplating God’s hugeness and glory. Praise Him for sending His Son to die in our place, so that we might live
  • You and your boyfriend or girlfriend could lovingly prepare a home-cooked meal for your entire family. Banish everyone from the kitchen and dining room until you’re ready to serve. This will add to the sense of novelty and anticipation. Cook something that you know everyone loves, but which you don’t eat very often. If younger siblings (or Dad) sneak in for a peek, give them a job, like peeling potatoes. Set the dining table with the best cutlery and crockery and don’t forget a centrepiece of flowers or pretty leaves from the garden
  • Host a dinner or afternoon tea for both sets of parents, to encourage them to get to know each other better. You and your boyfriend or girlfriend can serve everyone and just allow your parents to talk. An occasion like this will demonstrate to your parents that you are both serious about your relationship together
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