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12 February 2013

Five date ideas for around $50

Looking for a wallet friendly, romantic and original date?  Here are five ideas which focus more on spending time than spending money.

1. Moonlight cinema

Take date night outside and head to Moonlight Cinema for a romantic al-fresco movie experience under the stars. Two tickets, two glasses of wine and popcorn to share come in at $50 – simply bring a blanket and turn up early to get a great spot!

Moonlight cinema takes place in various cities throughout Australia – check out for details.

2. Go tandem

Exercise is far more enjoyable if you do it with someone else, so divide the hard work and share the fun by taking to the water in a double kayak.

If you prefer to keep your feet on dry land, then how about hiring a bicycle made for two? Explore your local area with a self-guided sightseeing tour – all you need is lots of energy and great conversation for a romantic afternoon with a difference!

As a guide, tandem hire at Manly Bike Tours is $46 for two hours. Tandem kayak hire is $40 an hour at Sydney Harbour Kayaks.

3. Picnic in the park

Whether you prefer to soak up the sun during the day or watch the sunset in the evening, a picnic makes for a classic, romantic and affordable date.

$50 won’t get you very far in a restaurant, but it can go a long way when it comes to a cheese and antipasto platter for two.  Grab a rug and head out to your local park for gourmet fare on a budget.

4. Dance to the beat

Whether you’ve got the rhythm or have two left feet, take to the dance floor for a fun, energetic and romantic evening learning salsa. Either sign up for a class at around $20 per session or make your way to one of the many free salsa evenings in the city where you can learn the basics, soak up the Latin atmosphere and get some inspiration.

As Shakespeare said, “If music be the food of love, play on!”

5. Cook dinner at home

A romantic home-cooked meal is always a winner – even if you’re culinary skills aren’t quite up to scratch it’s the thought and effort that count! A quick scan of should leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to quick and easy recipes; or choose an Italian theme and stick to a pasta dish – add a bottle of wine, light some candles and you’ll still have change for $50.

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