Login to your account

Home Blog Money to tight to mention? Don’t let the cost of living crisis ruin your love life

Money to tight to mention? Don’t let the cost of living crisis ruin your love life

Tuesday January 10, 2023

Main Image

Dating during a cost of living crisis can be a bit tricky. With finances tight, it can be hard to come up with the funds for Michelin starred dinners or extravagant outings. But don't let the cost of living crisis get you down! There are plenty of ways to have a great date without breaking the bank.

One of the first things to keep in mind is that the cost of living crisis is affecting everyone. So, don't be afraid to talk to your date about finances and to come up with date ideas that fit both of your budgets. Nobody worthwhile would expect you to over extend yourself to pay for a whizzy first date.  

It's important to be open and honest with each other, and to not let finances get in the way of building a connection. Honesty between parties is a pillar that all good relationships are built upon.

The great news is there are plenty of free or low-cost date options available. For example, going for a walk in a large park or the countryside and bringing the having a picnic is a cheap and easy way to spend some time together – whist the weather isn’t the greatest this time of year even a walk in the rain can be romantic if you are both properly attired. Similarly, visiting a local museum or art gallery is a great way to explore and learn together without spending a lot of money. Consider bringing a flask of coffee or dare we say a hip flask for a hot toddy.

If you are comfortable with one another, it's also worth considering activities that you can do together at home. A jointly home-cooked meal and a movie night, or a game night with friends, can be a great way to have fun and bond without spending money on going out.

If you're looking to save money on transportation, consider dates that are in walking distance or in a place that's easily reachable by public transport. This could include a stroll along the river or a trip to a local market.

Additionally, consider less expensive alternatives for typical dating activities, like having a coffee or a drink at a local café or a cosy pub rather than a fancy dinner.

It's also important to remember that a date doesn't have to be a one-off event. It can be just as fun to make plans to do something together over a series of weeks or months, rather than trying to cram all of the excitement into one night. This way, you can plan activities that you both look forward to without feeling pressure to spend a lot of money in one go.

Finally, remember that the most important thing is to enjoy each other's company and learn about each other. The cost of living crisis may make things more difficult, but it doesn't have to get in the way of having a good time. Be creative and don't be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to date ideas, and you'll be sure to have a great time together.

Overall, dating during a cost of living crisis can be challenging, but it's not impossible. With a little bit of creativity and a lot of communication, you can still have a great time together without breaking the bank. It's all about being open and flexible, and not letting finances get in the way of building a connection with your date.

And if you’re still looking for that special person to date you might consider attending a speed dating event or singles party. After all, with tickets starting at as low as ten pounds you can meet a bunch of potential dates in one night. When you meet someone in person you know right away if there’s likely to be any future with them. The best bit is that our events are guaranteed so if you don’t meet anyone you wish to see again, your next event is totally free of charge.



The beauty of Speed Dating London lies in its no-nonsense approach. You take an equal number of single girls and guys, put them in a room and give them a few minutes to chat with every other member of the opposite sex.

When you get there

Original speed dating events in London normally begin at 7.30pm. You will need to register with our hosts and to begin with they will issue you with a score sheet. This will help you to keep track of the singles that you would like to meet again and perhaps go on a date with. After a short period of mingling, your host for the evening who will run through detailed instructions and give you your starting position if you are a guy or table for the event if you are a girl.

Meet & Mingle

A London speed dating event is split into two halves, each lasting around an hour, there will be an interval at half time of about 15 minutes for speed dating London. You will have between 4 and 5 minutes with each person, after which you need to tick a box on your score sheet - "yes, I would like to meet this person again" or "no. Thanks but no thanks". Or "friend" if you'd like to get to know them platonically. Make sure that you do this after each date to keep track. Afterwards there is an opportunity for everyone to meet and mingle informally - this is often where the real action begins, so make sure you don't disappear too quickly!

Complete your score sheet

After the event you simply tick who you liked on the Original Dating website and the site works about your matches automatically. If the dates you have ticked as a "yes" have reciprocated you have a match. You will be able to view the first names and message them via our site online without revealing your email address until you are ready to. You'll be having proper first dates in no time.