Dating On A Budget – Why You Should Try Dating Locally


Dating can be expensive – we all know that. But it doesn’t have to be. So much money is spent on dating nowadays from the outfits and the makeup to the date itself. But what expenses people forget to tell you about are the travel to and from the date, the potential hotel stays. We’ve all heard the stories of people who have met The One on an online dating site only to find out that one of them lives at one end of the country and the other lives at the other end.

It is important to keep to your budget if you are strapped for cash and we have one simple idea for how you can date on a budget – date locally.

If you use your local dating sites (such as the Strathclyde dating site if you’re living in Strathclyde), then you have a much better chance of keeping to a budget. You don’t need to stay at a hotel in order to meet someone, you know the most affordable places to eat or drink without looking too cheap and you both know the free stuff you can also do to make your date fun – we all have local parks and sights, after all.

Perhaps you are from Northern Ireland and looking to date Belfast singles – you would surely use a Belfast site to find local men and women who may be interested in you. You may be in Fife in Scotland and want to date Fife singles – why would you be looking at southern England for dates?

If you’re in the Midlands, there are plenty of single women in Birmingham looking for someone – don’t go searching further afield!

Dating locally is not only much better for the wallet but it can also be so much more fun. How many of us have gone on rubbish dates where it wasn’t actually your dates fault but the venue or location? With both of you living locally, you know what places are the dives and which places are much better to visit. You don’t want to be wasting your hard earned money in a place that isn’t going to appreciate you and that will tarnish your date. Knowing the area really helps to minimise the chances of this.

Whether you are looking for love or a little bit of naughty dating, using your online dating sites will surely help you find the right kind of people that you are looking for. You will find people who know what you know, who like what you like, who understand the area just like you do.

If you are keeping to a budget, why not try dating locally instead? Give up on the national dating and meeting guys or girls from across the country and find people who live close by who don’t require a ton in travel expenses in order to see them! This will definitely help lighten the load on your purse strings without you compromising on having fun when dating.

What is a no spend week?

If you’re still feeling the pinch after enjoying the festive season, now is a perfect time to consider doing a no spend week. Not only will this help you save some money, but it’ll help you to spot any bad financial habits you’ve gotten into.

A no spend week is a week where you don’t spend money on anything, other than your weekly shop, transport costs and other essentials. Although this might sound like a challenge, the financial experts over at icount, the prepaid MastercardⓇ providers, have put together their top tips for making it through no spend week. Read on to find out more!

Top tips for making it through a no spend week

These simple tips and tricks will help you to breeze through a week without spending any money.

Clear out your cupboards

A no spend week is the perfect opportunity to clear out your cupboards and discover what treasures you’ve forgotten about. There are likely to be lots of tempting treats hidden at the back of kitchen cupboards, which will help you with your food prep during your no spend week. Who knows what you’ll uncover!

Ditch the coffee

If you’re guilty of grabbing a coffee on your commute to work – stop! Not only will this cost quickly add up over the year, but plastic cups are bad for the environment too. If you can’t go without a little caffeine boost in a morning, try taking your own coffee in a reusable flask to save some money during your no spend week.

Make your own entertainment

A week without movie downloads, trips to the cinema or nights out can be tough, but there are easy ways to have just as much fun whilst still saving money. Invite friends over for a potluck dinner party, where everyone brings their signature dish, or opt for a night in instead of your usual date night. Make sure to also look at what free events are available in your local area during your no spend week.

Try homemade alternatives

No matter what product you need, there’s probably a homemade version that can be made. From skincare products, to washing powder or dishwasher rinse aid, you can make your own versions for a fraction of the cost, with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards. Have a Google for recipes, or take to Pinterest for even more inspiration.

Make the most of freebies

There are plenty of freebies available to take advantage of if you know where to look. Scour local Facebook groups for free events or items, look on Gumtree for household items you may need, and make the most of competitions or giveaways from your favourite brands.


Do You Save For Special Occasions?

As many people do, I have savings accounts for various different things. I currently have my main savings account which I save money in for all different things – whatever I need to save for at that exact moment – and then I also have the savings account connected to my current account where I place 25% of my income for tax. Until this past year, I had never made enough to pay tax but I know that I definitely will be in a position to pay tax when it comes to my next tax return so am saving up to have the funds ready.

But do I save for special occasions? Do you? I do, depending on the actual situation. When you have one child born exactly three weeks before Christmas, then Christmas, then your daughter’s birthday exactly two weeks after (and then my birthday exactly three weeks after that!!), sometimes you do have to save a little to make that money stretch a little further. We have other birthdays in and around December and January also but our main focus is making sure we have money for presents for the children and then focusing on others afterwards – however, when it is your siblings and parents birthdays so soon after, you do have to spend a little and get them a nice present.  are currently in the process of creating an infographic talking about how we spend money on these occasions. Women are more likely to save money for gifts and men rarely do save. This is definitely true in my case – I am always the one saving up for gifts whereas Steve just tends to buy based on what is in his paycheck that month that doesn’t need to be spent on bills. With 68% of people saying there are societal pressure, I would have to agree. However we only buy for a select few people and a select few occasions and try to ignore any societal pressure that comes out way.

They have even found out about people’s thoughts on Christmas gift giving. 38% of people give food and drink as gifts – making these the most popular type of gift given, Whilst we don’t always give food, I can honestly say that drinks form a large part of our gift giving at Christmas, whether it be whisky, vodka or coffee! Gadgets are at 28% and I do buy those occasionally – but only for Jack and Steve – we don’t fork out for anyone not in this household unless we are splitting the cost with someone else.

I now save money and vouchers throughout the year for the kid’s birthdays and Christmas – if I didn’t, I’d never get them anything once the time rolls around. I also enter competitions for things I know people like and would want and give them as extra gifts. When it comes to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter, we just see what is in our budget and what gifts we can afford – we have never had any complaint yet.

Do you save for special occasions?