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How to Plan Your Next Date for less than a Penny

June 26, 2019

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You’ve survived another Canadian winter and now it’s summertime! The sun is shining, birds are chirping and the beaches and pools are open for business – so, what better way to get out there and enjoy it than with someone you love?

We know that the last thing you need to do is add another pricey line-item to your budget this month – and dinner and drinks on a patio or a drive-in movie and popcorn can quickly add up! Luckily, there’s a fun, new trend emerging where you take that lucky someone on an exciting and unique date that doesn’t have to cost your more than, let’s say, a penny!

Summertime Penny Date Guidelines:

  1. First things first, find a penny. This may prove to be a little tricky in today’s digital age, so roll up your sleeves and dig between your couch cushions, check your cup holders in the car or raid your kid’s piggy bank while they’re at a sleep over.
  2. Roll the dice. You can also have your date pick a number (shh, don’t tell them what it’s for!). This is the number of turns you’ll take throughout your date.
  3. Hop in the car or start walking and pick a corner to start on.
  4. To start your adventure, have your date flip the penny. If it lands heads up, turn right. If it lands tails up, turn left.
  5. Start walking or driving in whichever direction the penny instructs. Stop and flip again each time you reach a stop sign, stop light or intersection.
  6. Continue flipping the penny, turning left or right at each juncture, until you’ve reached the number you rolled at the beginning of your date.
  7. Once you reach that number, stop the car or your probably tired little legs, and wherever you are – that’s where the magic will happen!

If you happen to look up and find yourself in a beautiful park, with a gazebo overlooking the ocean – lucky you! But we’re pretty sure this only happens in romantic comedies starring Ryan Gosling. There’s a much higher chance that you’ll end up at 7-11, which doesn’t exactly ooze romance. But that’s all part of the adventure, right? The best part about the penny date is in the mystery and the hilarity of your time together and where you end up. It’s about doing something different, being open to a little adventure, a lot of laughter and ending up with a couple of really great stories. Besides, like any good relationship, a penny date is about the journey — not the destination.

If the penny date doesn’t sound like it’s up your alley, here a few other inexpensive ways to have fun this summer without emptying your wallet:

  • Pack a picnic
  • Get out for a hike or a bike ride
  • Hang out at your local coffee shop
  • Break out the board games
  • Go through old photos
  • Put together a puzzle
  • Pop some popcorn and have a movie night

At the end of the day, date night is about spending time with the one you love. Although a fancy dinner out might be nice, you’ll be thankful when your evening ends with a goodnight kiss, rather than a hefty bill! So next time you find yourself reaching for your wallet, remember: date night doesn’t need to cost money.

At Smythe Insolvency, we understand that spending money can sometimes be out of your control. Let’s face it, the cost of living in this province is incredibly high. If you or someone you know is struggling with a mountain of debt that is too high to overcome, contact us today at one of our 13 offices conveniently located throughout the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island. Our Licensed Insolvency Trustees are trained to work with you to determine the underlying cause of your financial difficulties, as well as assist you in improving your financial management skills, and provide you with effective budgeting strategies to help you achieve your monetary goals.



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