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15 Money-Saving or Free Date Ideas That Keep Your Relationship Alive

15 Money-Saving or Free Date Ideas That Keep Your Relationship Alive

Do you struggle to think of date ideas that aren’t expensive? Many popular date ideas can be quite expensive, such as going out to the cinema or out for a meal. However there are lots of cheap and fun dates that you and partner can do, like having a cook-off or watching the sun set together.

Check out 15 frugal or free date ideas that you can do with your partner.

1. Take a free class.

Taking a class with your partner is a fun way to do something new together without spending any money. There are lots of classes that offer the first lesson for free, so check out what your area has to offer. Popular options are fitness classes and cooking classes.

2. Have a D-I-Y photo-shoot.

Set up a tripod (or simply balance your phone on a flat surface) and have fun being silly together while taking pictures. You can use props from around your house to make sure you end up with some unforgettable pictures.

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3. Watch the sun rise or set together.

This date is totally free and a great way to experience the beauty of nature together. Pack a blanket and a thermos to make sure the evening or morning is cosy and romantic.

4. Make a time capsule.

One of the most fun date ideas is to make a time capsule together. Gather together all of the romantic memorabilia from your relationship, such as train tickets, pictures and notes—and don’t forget to include a note for the person who finds the time capsule!

5. Throw a 90s board game night.

What were your favorite board games as a child? Check out your attic and basement and bring out all of your old board games for a fun, throw-back game night.

6. Have a slumber party.

One of the most romantic date ideas is to have a slumber party with your partner. Bring your duvets and pillows into your living and set up for a night of cosy fun. Fairy lights, snacks and movies will help you to make this the perfect date.

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7. Create a bucket list together.

Sit down with your partner and write down all of the things you want to do together, from going on holiday to taking a salsa class together. Doing this will even help you to plan future date ideas!

8. Have a cook-off.

Have a cook-off with your partner using only things you already have in the fridge. One of you can make the main course, and one of you can make the starter—and the winner gets to boast all night!

9. Go for a breakfast picnic.

One of the most romantic times to go for a picnic is during the morning. The park will be quiet, the sun will be bright and you can bring all of your favorite morning snacks and a Thermos of coffee.

10. Have a spa night.

This is one of the most relaxing date ideas that you can do for free. Run a bubble bath for you both with candles, and then give each other oil massages and scrubs. You can even do manicures and pedicures if your both feel skilled enough!

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11. Go to the library together.

Visit your local library together and show each other your favorite childhood books. Talk about why you love them, and which books you never liked. This is a great way to strengthen your bond with your partner.

12. Have a movie marathon.

Make some popcorn and settle on the sofa with your partner for a relaxing date night. Some movies are made for movie marathons, such as trilogies, comedies and animated films.

13. Have a karaoke night.

A karaoke night with your partner is a great way to have some fun together without being too serious. Try choosing songs for each other to guarantee a silly evening!

14. Take a walk through nature.

Going for a walk somewhere beautiful has always been one of the most popular date ideas. Check out the nature in your local area—many beaches, woods, forests and rivers are all stunning and free to visit. This is a great way to connect with nature while relaxing and making memories.

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15. Play strip scrabble.

The rules to strip scrabble are pretty simple; whoever scores the lowest word each round has to take off an item of clothing. The winner can make any request to the loser, and they must do it—let the date night begin!

Featured photo credit: altanaka via shutterstock.com

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Last Updated on February 21, 2019

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

The Secret to Effective Conflict Resolution: The IBR Approach

In business, in social relationships, in family… In whatever context conflict is always inevitable, especially when you are in the leader role. This role equals “make decisions for the best of majority” and the remaining are not amused. Conflicts arise.

Conflicts arise when we want to push for a better quality work but some members want to take a break from work.

Conflicts arise when we as citizens want more recreational facilities but the Government has to balance the needs to maintain tourism growth.

Conflicts are literally everywhere.

Avoiding Conflicts a No-No and Resolving Conflicts a Win-Win

Avoiding conflicts seem to be a viable option for us. The cruel fact is, it isn’t. Conflicts won’t walk away by themselves. They will, instead, escalate and haunt you back even more when we finally realize that’s no way we can let it be.

Moreover, avoiding conflicts will eventually intensify the misunderstanding among the involved parties. And the misunderstanding severely hinders open communication which later on the parties tend to keep things secret. This is obviously detrimental to teamwork.

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Some may view conflicts as the last step before arguments. And they thus leave it aside as if they never happen. This is not true.

Conflicts are the intersect point between different individuals with different opinions. And this does not necessarily lead to argument.

Instead, proper handling of conflicts can actually result in a win-win situation – both parties are pleased and allies are gained. A better understanding between each other and future conflicts are less likely to happen.

The IBR Approach to Resolve Conflicts

Here, we introduce to you an effective approach to resolve conflicts – the Interest-Based Relational (IBR) approach. The IBR approach was developed by Roger Fisher and William Ury in their 1981 book Getting to Yes. It stresses the importance of the separation between people and their emotions from the problem. Another focus of the approach is to build mutual understanding and respect as they strengthen bonds among parties and can ultimately help resolve conflicts in a harmonious way. The approach suggests a 6-step procedure for conflict resolution:

Step 1: Prioritize Good Relationships

How? Before addressing the problem or even starting the discussion, make it clear the conflict can result in a mutual trouble and through subsequent respectful negotiation the conflict can be resolved peacefully. And that brings the best outcome to the whole team by working together.

Why? It is easy to overlook own cause of the conflict and point the finger to the members with different opinions. With such a mindset, it is likely to blame rather than to listen to the others and fail to acknowledge the problem completely. Such a discussion manner will undermine the good relationships among the members and aggravate the problem.

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Example: Before discussion, stress that the problem is never one’s complete fault. Everyone is responsible for it. Then, it is important to point out our own involvement in the problem and state clearly we are here to listen to everyone’s opinions rather than accusing others.

Step 2: People Are NOT the Cause of Problem

How? State clearly the problem is never one-sided. Collaborative effort is needed. More importantly, note the problem should not be taken personally. We are not making accusations on persons but addressing the problem itself.

Why? Once things taken personally, everything will go out of control. People will become irrational and neglect others’ opinions. We are then unable to address the problem properly because we cannot grasp a fuller and clearer picture of the problem due to presumption.

Example: In spite of the confronting opinions, we have to emphasize that the problem is not a result of the persons but probably the different perspectives to view it. So, if we try to look at the problem from the other’s perspective, we may understand why there are varied opinions.

Step 3: Listen From ALL Stances

How? Do NOT blame others. It is of utmost importance. Ask for everyone’s opinions. It is important to let everyone feel that they contribute to the discussion. Tell them their involvement is essential to solve the problem and their effort is very much appreciated.

Why? None wants to be ignored. If one feels neglected, it is very likely for he/she to be aggressive. It is definitely not what we hope to see in a discussion. Acknowledging and being acknowledged are equally important. So, make sure everyone has equal opportunity to express their views. Also, realizing their opinions are not neglected, they will be more receptive to other opinions.

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Example: A little trick can played here: Invite others to talk first. It is an easy way to let others feel involved and ,more importantly, know their voices are heard. Also, we can show that we are actively listening to them by giving direct eye-contact and nodding. One important to note is that never interrupt anyone. Always let them finish first beforeanother one begins.

Step 4: Listen Comes First, Talk Follows

How? Ensure everyone has listened to one another points of view. It can be done by taking turn to speak and leaving the discussion part at last. State once again the problem is nothing personal and no accusation should be made.

Why? By turn-taking, everyone can finish talking and voices of all sides can be heard indiscriminantly. This can promote willingness to listen to opposing opinions.

Example: We can prepare pieces of paper with different numbers written on them. Then, ask different members to pick one and talk according to the sequence of the number. After everyone’s finished, advise everyone to use “I” more than “You” in the discussion period to avoid others thinking that it is an accusation.

Step 5: Understand the Facts, Then Address the Problem

How? List out ALL the facts first. Ask everyone to tell what they know about the problems.

Why? Sometimes your facts are unknown to the others while they may know something we don’t. Missing out on these facts could possibly lead to inaccurate capture of the problem. Also, different known facts can lead to different perception of the matter. It also helps everyone better understand the problem and can eventually help reach a solution.

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Example: While everyone is expressing their own views, ask them to write down everything they know that is true to the problem. As soon as everyone has finished, all facts can be noted and everyone’s understanding of the problem is raised.

Step 6: Solve the Problem Together

How? Knowing what everyone’s thinking, it is now time to resolve the conflict. Up to this point, everyone should have understood the problem better. So, it is everyone’s time to suggest some solutions. It is important not to have one giving all the solutions.

Why? Having everyone suggesting their solutions is important as they will not feel excluded and their opinions are considered. Besides, it may also generate more solutions that can better resolve the conflicts. Everyone will more likely be satisfied with the result.

Example: After discussion, ask all members to suggest any possible solutions and stress that all solutions are welcomed. State clearly that we are looking for the best outcomes for everyone’s sake rather than battling to win over one another. Then, evaluate all the solutions and pick the one that is in favor of everyone.

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