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A memory of a great date hanging on our wall

Going on a date can be an expensive proposition these days. According to a survey done in 2016 by the online dating service, the average single person spends $1,600 per year on dates.

A lot of this increase is due to a lack of creativity when it comes to date ideas. The most common date format is still dinner and a movie. It would seem that restaurant and movie theater owners are aware of that face because the prices of movies and meal prices have increased dramatically.

The average cost for a “traditional” date that includes 2 movie tickets, 2 entrees and a bottle of wine is more than $100. If you order dessert, popcorn or have to pay for parking you could be looking at two bills pretty quick.

The Type Of Date Your Partner Suggests Can Tell You A Lot About How They Manage Money

In a previous article, I wrote that the type of date your partner suggests can give you clues about how well they manage their finances. Do they always suggest a traditional date that involves spending a lot of money like going to the movies, going out for dinner or going out for drinks?

Or do they get creative and suggest low cost or “free” dates like a picnic, a walk in the park or a trip to the beach? When you do go out for a fancy dinner who picks up the check? Is there even a conversation about it? These are the type of clues that can be revealing about your partner’s relationship with money.

Apart from the financial cost of “traditional dates” it shows a lack of creativity. There are endless ways we can entertain ourselves, surely we can do better than dinner and a movie?

In my opinion, the perfect date should meet two criteria.

  1. It should be fun
  2. It should be inexpensive

You want your date to be fun for obvious reasons. You want your date to be inexpensive so that you can replicate that date or activity frequently without breaking the bank. A good date shouldn’t put you in the position of choosing fun or money.

Paint Night Makes For A Fresh, Fun Date Night

Last weekend Trish suggested we do a “paint night”. It is something I have never done before, and frankly something I would not think of suggesting. I am bad at art. I have the handwriting of a second grader and the extent of my drawing capabilities is stick figures.

It’s human nature to stay away from things we suck at. That’s why it makes the perfect date night activity.

Sticking exclusively to things we are already good at is a great recipe for being a mediocre human. There are two benefits to trying something you currently struggle with.

  1. You might surprise yourself and find that you have the capacity to pick up new skills.
  2. You might actually really suck at it. Which is fine. Learn to laugh at yourself when you suck at something. Even if you stink at something like are, you can still have fun. People who can only have fun at things they excel in are usually boring or miserable people to be around.

With this in mind, I was very happy that Trish suggested paint night and went into it with an open mind. I’m glad I did because it was a hell of a good time. We laughed, we had wine, and best of all we have a physical memory of this fantastic night that is currently hanging on our wall.

Paint Night sounds great, but how much does it cost?

Great Question I’m Glad You Asked

The cost of a paint night varies depending on where you live. Where we live, the closest paint night location cost $35 per person plus $40 for a bottle of wine.

So all in we would be looking at least $110 for a paint night date for two.

Hold on, wasn’t this article supposed to be about finding an inexpensive date?

Don’t Worry, I’m Getting There

As fun as a paint night can be, it is surprisingly expensive so it does not meet both criteria I had set out for a great date.

Except, Trish is a beautiful, amazing person who knows my frugalness all too well, she surprised me with a DIY paint night in our kitchen. What is required and what did this DIY paint night cost?

  • We found a DIY paint night video quite easily on YouTube
  • Canvasses- $10
  • Pack of paint brushes- $5
  • Pack of acrylic paint- $20
  • Bottle of Wine- $10


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