The guy you’ve been “hanging out” with suggests an official first date. Sounds awesome, but do you really want to blow off a few hundred dollars on a dinner? Let’s be real, most of us are struggling with finances right now. But that doesn’t mean the only thing left to do is Netflix and chill. Here are some ideas that are perfect for the first date.

Bring out your inner child
Stop at a children’s toy store and get exploring! There’s absolutely no pressure and you’ll even learn more about each other’s childhoods. Maybe you could even pick up an outdoorsy fun-filled toy like a kite or a Frisbee.

It’s a drink off
Instead of blowing half your pay checks over a night out and about, have a night in. Agree to both buy a bottle (or two) of wine under a certain price limit and have your very own wine tasting session at home. Half the price, twice as romantic.

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Get artsy with a museum date
People often forget about this tried and true classic because museums are thought as boring and frumpy. But there’s something magical and peaceful about contemplating a piece of art with someone – revelling in its beauty and uniqueness. If art isn’t your thing, then try a history, sport, or cultural museum. The possibilities are endless. Best of all, admission to the National Museum of Singapore is free, save for specific exhibitions!

Dinner date with a twist
Ditch the reservation and cook dinner together instead. Get adventurous and try out a recipe for ramen, lasagne or even pizza. Either you’re a perfect kitchen match or are totally awkward together, you’ll be in it for an interesting time.

Create signature cocktails for each other
Set aside time to experiment, throwing in different mixtures of alcohol and flavours until you find one that’s well suited for each other. It’ll be a fun giggly time for all involved, and hey, you might even have a good story to tell one day at your wedding.

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Text: Ashley Ahn
Additional text: Hidayah Idris