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How to Save Money on a Date in Mumbai

Sahmi Chowdhury
How to Save Money on a Date in Mumbai

Mumbai is an expensive city and it can be difficult to find a way to show your date a good time without feeling guilty for the amount of money you end up spending. There are a number of things to do in a city as vibrant as Mumbai, and with more than 12 million people, there are plenty of new faces to meet as well. In this article, we highlight a few ways to keep your dates as affordable as possible.

Planning Is Key: Set a Budget

Every successful date starts with a well thought out plan. In this case, it is a plan to budget and spend wisely. There are multiple factors that go into creating a budget for yourself such as your income and costs outside of your dating life. Therefore, you should have an idea of what budget best fits your current financial constraints. According to a Deutsche Bank study, Mumbai is known to be one of the most expensive cities in India for dating, at an approximate cost of Rs. 3,700. The study took into account factors of an "inexpensive date," which include cab rides, a meal for two at a pub or diner, drinks, 2 movie tickets and some beers. Depending on your budget, you may be better off skipping 1 or 2 of these activities, or trying to find a more affordable restaurant.

Timing Is Everything

When it comes to dating, timing can make all the difference. For instance, dinner at restaurants typically costs more than lunch. This is primarily due to the fact that restaurants make more money by serving a higher volume of customers, and customers take longer eating dinner than lunch. Additionally, restaurants compete with smaller shops and food carts during lunch, further driving down prices. To save money on meals during a date, plan to eat earlier. Not only will this save you money, it will also give you time to plan something else with your partner.

Graph showing India’s Average Cost of Cinema Tickets by City

Another fairly common date option is to go to the movies. With movies, timing makes a significant difference on cost as well. For example, movie theater tickets tend to be cheaper on weekdays than on weekends. By changing the times of your dates, you can yourself a lot of money. Attempt to be creative and use that to your advantage, the earlier the dates the more you can actually do.

Consider Other Activities

In addition to the traditional dinner or movie date, there are many other options for you and your partner. For instance, Mumbai offers a wide range of activities if you are looking for something different to do. For example, if your date is the artsy type, you should consider the Jehangir Art Gallery. The gallery is one of the finest in the nation and has no entrance fee, making it inexpensive and a good use date spot. If you'd rather get outside, check out the Sanjay Gandhi National Park (Rs. 58 per person). These activities will be light on your wallet and still be very entertaining.

Help From Payment Options

Using a credit card to pay for your date is a surprisingly good way to save. Notably, there are a number of credit cards that can help save money on dates. For instance, the top cashback cards in India offer up to 3% cashback on all dining spends, essentially offering you a 3% discount on your meal. Additionally, some cards offer elevated rewards on dining spending. The top cards usually come with great benefits, such as, food vouchers, extra promotions for high spenders, or even discounts of up to 15% off at participating restaurants. This can really help to reduce the cost of the bill and is worth looking into if you find yourself going out on dates often.

How To Use Promotions to Your Advantage

Furthermore, it would be wise to keep an eye out for coupons, offers or special event promotions on some of the activities that interest you. A good idea would be to look at coupons online at sites like retailmenot, coupondunia and couponzguru. These sites offer coupons that can give you a discount on your next dinner date or a free ticket to a movie. Discounts and special offers can also be found during special events like Diwali, Holi or even grand openings of the venue. As previously stated, Mumbai is one of the more expensive cities in India, making promotions all the more useful. If something interests you, then you can cut your costs by doing it with a promotional offer received in a number of ways. Through the use of promotions you can also reduce the expense of the activity and your date night overall.

How to Wow Your Date Without Leaving the House

It is also important to note that you do not have to necessarily step outside to have a successful date. If you are on a tight budget and are trying to be creative, you can always stay indoors and do something fun. For instance, instead of going to a restaurant, it may be wise to cook food and make a romantic meal. This is a great way of saving money since groceries are much cheaper than a single meal at a restaurant. This can be further enhanced through the use of a grocery credit card that can earn you cashback or rewards on your bought goods for the date. Moreover, the entire date does not have to be at home, that could just be where you start. That way the cost of a restaurant meal can be avoided and now you have more funds to allocate to other activities.

You can also stay home and have a game or movie night, which may be a more enjoyable date than the regular restaurant date. Your partner may really appreciate a well thought out, stay-at-home date.

Enjoy Dating With Your New Budgeting Arsenal

Dating can be tricky and the added cost of going out in Mumbai does not help. A key takeaway is that it is possible to budget and take a date out without breaking the bank. Additionally, setting a budget, monitoring the timing of the date and using the promotions or other payment options can help set you up for success for achieving your goal.

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