In 2001, Jennifer Lopez released the classic Love Don’t Cost A Thing.
We appreciate the sentiment, but it’s easily said when the singer in question is thought to be worth $360 million.
Plus, a lot has changed in the last 17 years, leaving a lot of people with a budget not exactly designed for sweeping their crush off their feet.
In fact, a survey by Glowing Embers found that more than half of single Brits don’t think they can afford to go on a date, 1 in 10 have cancelled a date due to lack of funds, and a fifth avoid looking at their bank statement after going on a date.
According to the research, the average British singleton can only afford to spend £22.22 on a date, so we rounded up our favourite date ideas under £20.
1. Visit a board game café
Explore your playful side with a date to a board game café.
Draughts in Hackney, east London, costs £5 per person for unlimited time on hundreds of board games, leaving £10 for drinks.
2. Test yourself on the driving range
A game at Topgolf is £6.
Test yourself out on the driving range with microchipped balls and find out how accurate your shots are.
Whoever fares the worst can make the dinner on date two.
3. Have a laugh at crazy golf
If you’re not really into getting the technique right, try crazy golf instead.
Globalls in Brighton is an indoor mini golf course complete with ultraviolet lights and dinosaurs.
A game will set you back £5.50 each.
4. Jump around
For a more active date, try the trampoline park Jump360 in Newcastle.
It’s £10 each for an hour’s session. Test who is the most competitive out of you and your date on the Ninja Warrior course.
5. Borrow a dog
Admittedly this is one that will take some planning, but it will definitely be worth it.
Sign up to BorrowMyDoggy for £1 a month and borrow a dog for the day and take a nice walk together.
The only way your date won’t be impressed is if they’re a cat person, and if you’re not too keen on each other, at least you’ll have the dog to shower with affection instead.
6. Beer tasting
Get cosy in The Porterhouse in London’s Covent Garden where an evening of Irish craft beer education will only set you back £7.50 each.
If you don’t fancy an over-the-top dinner, this will be a great two-hour ice breaker.
You’ll sample a number of craft beers and also get a 10% discount on any food and drink you order.
7. Watch the racing
You may have thought a day at the races was a lavish affair but it needn’t be.
Head to Epsom Downs where you can watch all the racecourse’s action from the Hillside Enclosure for free, leaving your budget for food, drinks and maybe a little flutter.
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