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“Creativity Is Intelligence Having Fun.” – Albert Einstein
Published July 9th 2013
How to have FUN dates without breaking your bank
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Romantic dates do not have to equate to expensive dates. Here are some delightful date ideas for romantic dates on a budget. Enjoy.

ACMI
The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) located in Federation Square, Melbourne is a hub for exciting and fascinating free exhibitions and expos throughout the year. The awe-inspiring shows will keep you and your date busy for hours as you pick your way through the vast ACMI premises. Open seven days a week, ACMI can be accessed from 10am to 5pm. Visit this website to check out the events calendar and plan your dates now and find yourself walking arm-in-arm with your date through the very many astounding offerings of ACMI.

Banks of the Yarra
Nothing can inspire more romance than the flawless beauty of nature. Take a walk along the banks of the Yarra and revere the beautiful landmarks, amazing skyscrapers and the occasional boats and kayaks on the Yarra. And once your legs start complaining of exhaustion, relax on the spick and span benches on Birrarung Marr next to Federation Square. The abundance of fabulous objects all around will ensure that you will not be short of conversation topics. The presence of beauty all around will indubitably provide fodder for a remarkable, romantic time with your date.

Movies
Take your date for a chick flick, an action movie or a thriller by paying a visit to the cinemas. Monday is discount day in Cinema Nova with tickets costing $6 for sessions before 4pm and $9 for sessions after 4pm. Take advantage of the Super Tuesdays in Hoyts on Tuesdays to watch a movie for $11. Astor Theatre offers Wicked Wednesdays, enabling you to purchase movie tickets for $10.

Picnic
Pack a picnic basket with a blanket and some fruits, dips, crackers, cheese, carrot and celery sticks as well as some bubbly and march to one of the myriad parks in Melbourne. Take your pick from Carlton Gardens, Alexandra Gardens, Botanical Gardens, Fitzroy Gardens and so forth. Acres of greeneries with ample fresh air and occasional appearance of wild life can all add spices to a romantic yet cheap date.

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Happy Hours
Regale your date with a few drinks by celebrating happy hours in various bars and pubs dotted all over Melbourne. The Little Red Pocket Cocktail Bar in Little Collins Street offers $5 wine/cider/beer from 4pm to 8pm on Fridays. Veludo Bar & Restaurant in St Kilda provides happy hour from 5pm to 7pm on weekdays, $4 -$5 wine/corona/cider with the provision for $10 cocktails. HQ's on William on William Street, Melbourne has happy hours from 4pm to 6pm on weekdays where you can sample $5 sparking/wine/spirits/schooners. Some Dutch courage can do wonders in striking up wonderful conversations with the date.

Dinners
Head to Bimbo Deluxe on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy for a delicious $4 pizza. The options are diverse and the dim, party like ambiance will undoubtedly put anyone in a good mood. Alternatively, show a predilection for sushi since a big sushi box can be procured for $6-$10. Sharing the sushi will not only vanquish your hunger but will also make for a good bonding scenario. Have a read of Hot Meal Deals from $1.45 in Melbourne for more cheap dinner options around Melbourne. And if you are absolutely broke and will prefer some free food then check out Where to Eat for Free in Melbourne.

Once you have exhausted all the above date ideas then feel free to satiate your hunger for more date ideas by visiting Top 6 Dating Ideas in Melbourne and Best Free Things to do in Melbourne.
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