Yes, there are many tricks and schemes for dating on a budget, from where to purchase cheap coffee that doesn't taste too much like oil, through to how to order fast food without looking totally classless. What about dating options for those souls with poor forward planning skills who sell our bodies to science for the faintest flash of circular gold?
Is there any love for those of us who stare despondently at our ATM receipts, perhaps even take the time to scream at the evil machine and its lack of generosity, that is if we are sufficiently well-nourished to make the effort. What about the artists, the writers and the professional students? Fortunately Adelaide provides.
For starters, our Botanic Gardens are the best. Yes, Sydney siders have flying foxes, but we have the lakes, the space, the ducks, the statues and plenty of romantic little hot spots that are quiet, private and, well, free. We also have the Adelaide Hills, a beehive of frugal dating spots. Take Windy Point, for example. It is a billion dollar view and it costs nothing. A torch and a sensible jacket are all you need to set the scene.
If your body isn't rake thin and sickly through lack of funds we have beaches where you can show if off for that potential mate with more than a minimum wage. Not to mention bush trails and the plentiful rivers and wetlands. Plus the River Torrens has a path weaving at its side.
If the city is firmly your thing, keep in mind that Adelaide is a planned city, broken into neat squares of park that are all safe, central and far more romantic than the pricey east end on a Friday or Saturday night. Adelaide is a very pretty lady so if you feel that food and water should take priority over romance, take a ride or a stroll with the one you love. Bonus: If you can't afford petrol, the date lasts longer.