Dating at a social distance can be fun and budget-friendly with these money saving tips

LOCKDOWN has been difficult for singles looking for dates.

But Celebs Go Virtual Dating — now back on E4 — proves you CAN date at a safe social distance.

And it needn’t cost you a bomb either.

Picnic partner: If you need a little Dutch courage when meeting someone new, set up a picnic with plenty of fizz.

You can get Prospero Brut Non-Vintage for £6 a bottle at Tesco, down from £7.

If you don’t want to bring glasses out, plastic champagne flutes are £1.67 for ten at Asda — cheaper than the ten-pack at Wilko costing £2.50.

SAVING: £1 on prosecco

Picking up pace: If you are both fitness fans, why not make the most of the sunshine and go for a run or a hike?

You could stop off for a coffee or a spot of lunch outdoors on the way back . . . and take advantage of the Eat Out To Help Out scheme. You could save up to £10 off each.

Beach day: Nothing beats a trip to the seaside on a sunny day.

You can keep as much distance as needed and if you bring your swimming gear, a dip in the chilly water is a great way to bond.

Plus you can have a bite of fish and chips on the seafront if you get peckish. What’s not to like?

If you fancy new beach gear for the occasion, do check out the current summer sales.

Asos has plenty of options for men and women, as well as beach clothes.

The Asos beach maxi dress in dusky pink costs just £11.20, down from £28, and is a perfect fit for chilling out after a dip.

SAVING: £16.80

Paw-fect plan: If you and your date share a love of dogs, what could be better than a stroll with your furry friends?

It is sure to help strike up a conversation.

Even better, it won’t cost either of you anything.

But do stock up on dog-poo bags just in case!

If you don’t fancy the offputting sight of the bags, invest in a Petface bag dispenser, currently £1.49 at Amazon, down from £2.49.


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Deal of day

LIGHT up the room with this colour-changing Salter kettle. It’s on offer at uk for £19.99, down from £29.99.

SAVE: £10

Cheap treat

SIT back and relax with a cup of Yorkshire Tea. A box of 240 bags is £4.50, down from £6.99 at Asda.

SAVE: £2.49

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Top swap

A PICNIC basket is great for al fresco dining in the glorious sunshine.

John Lewis has one for £30, but you can save cash by buying this similar one from Hobbycraft.

It’s on sale now for just £10.

SAVE: £20

Shop and save

AQUAFRESH Big Teeth kids’ toothpaste is on offer for £1.50, down from £2, at Sainsbury’s.

SAVE: 50p

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