Strathclyde Telegraph

Dating on a Budget

With little money and time, trying to keep the dating game new and exciting can often be difficult as a student. Especially with Christmas around the corner; money may be tighter than usual. Yet finding cheap but thrilling dating ideas without breaking the bank may not be as difficult as you think.

As a student, you are entitled to many discounts from shops, restaurants and even thrilling experiences. If you are of the adventurous kind or possibly just wanting to try something new with your partner, student discount sites such as UNiDAYS offer a variety of money-saving deals so you don’t have to miss out on having fun. With 20% off Virgin Experience you can get cheaper deals on adventurous days out such as Go Ape and paintballing, as well as short breaks to get away from the stress of studying.

Many other thrilling activities such as go-karting with Scotkart and Escape Rooms Glasgow offer cheaper deals for students so always make sure to check for offers before you pay outright. These adrenaline-fuelled activities may not seem like typical romantic dates but they can be a great way to break the ice if you’ve not been together long or simply a great way to make exciting memories.

If you’re looking for something more romantic and simple, why not make the most of the cold winter nights and get cosy with a movie and some snacks. Cooking together whether you are practically a chef or terrible at it can be a great way to bond and have a good laugh. To make the most of Christmas time, you could make Christmas goodies together such as gingerbread men, decorated Christmas cakes or sweets. Although they may be rare to find in Scotland, a walk or drive through Loch Lomond on a nice winter’s day could be great for a completely free yet romantic date.

And of course, let’s not forget about the beautiful sights and smells of the Christmas markets. If you have a slightly bigger budget, the Edinburgh Christmas markets are a great attraction to visit, or simply stay closer to home by taking a stroll through the markets at St. Enoch Square and George Square.

This time of year may be tough when trying to save money, but there is no need to worry for as long as you look out for offers and make the most of simple ideas, you can both still be romantic and fun without overspending.

By Alana Lockhart