We often hear that it is not easy to maintain a good relationship. Here are some pointers on how to save money while having a healthy relationship. Guys out there, this might actually save your wallet!
1) Dining out once a month and cooking for the other days.
Dining out can be quite costly in the long run, why not choose a special occasion every month to celebrate. This way, the expenses for dining out can be cut to the minimum. Assuming it is about RM 70 per dinner. On the other days, learn to buy groceries and cook together. This can really strengthen the relationship and it is very economical. What can we say, killing 2 birds with 1 stone! But, of course, assuming that none of you suffers from food poisoning! RM 10 for groceries should be quite sufficient. So, here's the breakdown:
Fuel expenses for dinner dates a year : RM 10 per meetup x 2 days x 52 weeks = RM 1040
Dining out expenses a year : RM 70 per month x 12 months = RM 840
Grocery expenses a year = RM 10 x 7 days x 12 months = RM 840
Total dining expenses a year = RM 2720
2) Movies and IFLIX
Going to movies once a month seems to be quite reasonable considering that are not much good movies recently. Movie tickets are on an average of RM 10 per ticket. A good way to watch movie would be using IFLIX at home. It cost only RM 8 per month and has more than 17,000 hours worth of movies and dramas. all you need is an internet connection which cost you about RM 5 per day.
Fuel expenses for movie dates a year : RM 10 per meetup x 2 x 52 weeks = RM 1040
Movie ticket at the cinema : RM 20 per month x 12 months = RM 240
IFLIX : RM 8 per month x 12 months = RM 96
Internet subscription : RM 5 per day x 2 days x 52 weeks = RM 520
Total cost a year = RM 1896
3) Other activities
It is always good to have some other activities such as walking at the park, jogging, window shopping and etc. These activities are all FREE! Doing it once a week is quite good. However, of course, there will be a bit of a cost. Lets' keep the minimum at RM 5.
Fuel expenses for other activities a year : RM 10 per meetup x 1 day x 52 weeks = RM 520
Expenses of other activities : RM 5 per day x 1 day x 52 weeks = RM 260
Total cost a year = RM 780
4) Hanging out with friends once a week
Chilling and hanging out with friends at mamak could possibly cost you RM 10.
Fuel expenses a year : RM 10 per meetup x 52 weeks = RM 520
Mamak expenses : RM 10 x 52 weeks = RM 520
Total cost a year = RM 1040
5) Dining celebration for a special day
Buy grocery and cook for each other at RM 20 per person.
Valentine's day : RM 20 x 2 person = RM 40
Birthday for her (Dinner with 1 main course, 1 side dish and dessert) : RM 35 x 2 person = RM 70
Anniversary : RM 20 x 2 person = RM 40
Total cost a year = RM 150
There's a saying that "it's the thought that counts". Gifts can be very meaningful and be as priceless as a Rolex watch if you can put much thought into it. A handmade rose, a special wood carving or even a birthday card can mean so much more than an expensive gifts. So, keep the expenses to a minimum of RM 15 per gift.
Valentine's day gift = RM 15
Birthday gift = RM 15
Anniversary gift = RM 15
Total cost a year = RM 45
7) Travel / Vacation
Here's how you can minimize your travel / vacation cost:
- Limit it to once a year
- Local trip destination
- Use the public transport
- Limit expenses to RM 1000 per trip
Total cost a year = RM 1000
8) Live together
Try to live together. It really helps with the relationship and it creates a certain bond for you to understand each other better. What's even better is that you can save a lot in your fuel expenses because you don't need to drive to pick up each other anymore.
Expenses savings : RM 1040 x 5 = RM 3120
9) Develop same hobby
Limit your budget to RM 200 per year to spend on your hobby(ies). If you share the same hobby, you can share the cost together. Hence, total cost a year = RM 200
Try to look for free activities tickets, food vouchers, discount vouchers campaign, etc. Assuming that all these stuffs can help you to save at least 10% of your overall "dating" activities.
The summary for the overall cost for a year is as below:
1) Dine out once a month = RM 2720
2) Movies activity = RM 1896
3) Other activities = RM 780
4) Hang out with friends = RM 1040
5) Dining for celebration = RM 150
6) Presents for special day = RM 45
7) Travel / vacation = RM 1000
8) Live together = -RM 3120
9) Hobby cost = RM 200
Total Cost = RM 4711
10% discount on vouchers, etc = RM 4239.90
Average expenses per month = Approx RM 353.33
Disclaimer: We cannot guarantee how long a relationship will last with this kind of lifestyle. But, it is surely an economical relationship! Some of these activities can be overlap with each other. Hence, there are more potential cost savings depending on how you work it out.