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Budget date ideas (that won’t make you look cheap)

07 Feb 2018
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Dating can be fun, nerve-racking and exciting. But let’s be honest: it can also be hella expensive.

Movie tickets can rack up to $18 each and dinner at a nice restaurant can easily fetch up to the $100 mark. Throw in a couple of over-priced cocktails and you can kiss goodbye your weekend spending money in just one night.

Luckily, you don’t need to squander your savings to impress a special someone. There are plenty of ways to get creative with date ideas that can be done at home – all without the expensive price tag.

Besides, ‘dinner and a movie’ has been way overdone.

Candlelit home-cooked dinner

They say the way to one’s heart is through their stomach and this is yet to be disproven.

Home-cooked meals are intimate, thoughtful, and a great way to show you really care. Why not sneakily find out their favourite meal and surprise them by cooking it? They’ll find the gesture so sweet it won’t even matter if you make a wreck of it. Because it’s the thought that counts, right? Right?

To set the mood, switch off some of the artificial lighting and replace them with candles. Candles create the perfect ambience for a romantic, relaxing night. To take it up a notch, invest in a couple of your favourite scented candles to fill the house with a delightful aroma.

Throw on some Sam Smith or an acoustic playlist from Spotify, and you’ll be in for an evening of romantic bliss.

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Games night

An oldie but a goldie, board games and cards can be played all night to your heart’s content. There are plenty of entertaining, two-player ones to choose from like Jenga or Scrabble. Perhaps you could turn it into a drinking game by having the loser of each round take a drink. Alternatively, for a classier date, pair it with a bottle of red (hey, $10 bottles win awards as well) and a cheese board platter.

It might have been a while since you last played, but a game of Hide and Seek through the house can also make for a light-hearted time that will have you both feeling like kids again.

Build a fort

Speaking of feeling like a kid, why not devote an entire night to it? Building forts like you might have done when you were young is still just as fun when you’re an adult – if not more. It also makes for a completely cost-free date night. All you need to make an epic fort are the furniture pieces and bedding you already have. Use pillows, sheets, tables and pegs to put together your ultimate castle in the living room.

Deliberately build your fort around the TV and fill with comfy blankets for a spin on the classic Netflix and chill.

Massages at home

When you want to spoil your partner – or the person you’ve been dating for just a couple of months but who seems really cool – why not offer up your massage services for a night of indulgence? To step it up, purchase an inexpensive bottle of baby oil and be sure to watch a couple of massage tutorial videos.

To finish, draw them a hot bath with bath salts, lit candles and soft music playing. Not only will it be pure luxury for your date but your bank account will be feeling the same.

Water balloon fight

All you’ll need to purchase for this are the balloons! Have an action-packed afternoon in the backyard with this competitive game and see who can best the other with as many water balloon soakings as possible. The stakes could be made beforehand that the loser has to organise dinner for the night. Up your antics for the win to ensure it remains a cost-free date for yourself.

A scavenger hunt that leads to a backyard picnic

If you have time on your hands and you’re feeling imaginative, creating a scavenger hunt for your date is sure to impress. Write out clues and hide them strategically around the house for your date to find. Have the last clue lead them to your backyard where a picnic you’ve put together in advance is waiting their arrival.

This thoughtful gesture will be a guaranteed hit regardless of whether you’ve been dating 3 weeks or 3 years. Maybe not for the first date though. That would be a bit weird.

With these inexpensive, easy date ideas you’ll be sure to win over the person you’re seeing as well as keep your savings intact. And don’t worry, you can take all the credit too – we won’t tell.

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Everything coming to Stan & Netflix Australia in September 2020

26 Aug 2020

Despite warmer weather conditions creeping into the mix over the past few weeks, spending more time indoors has become the new norm for many of us, which naturally leads to a ton of content being enjoyed from the comfort of our own homes.

Thankfully Australia's two most prominent streaming services continue to deliver the goods, with Stan and Netflix once again set to debut a stack of exciting new releases this September.

Netflix's lineup is headlined by Enola Holmes. Based on the book series by Nancy Springer, the mystery film stars Millie Bobby Brown and centers upon the story of the teenage sister of Sherlock Holmes.

Meanwhile, Young Wallander is a new noir crime thriller that's well worth a look and follows the formative years of Swedish detective Kurt Wallander.

For those looking for a good thriller to sink your teeth into, check out Charlie Kaufman’s psychological film I’m Thinking Of Ending Things. Starring the talented duo of Jessie Buckley and Jesse Plemons, the film brings some rather interesting themes to the table around escapism.

On the documentary front, keep an eye out for Chef’s Table: BBQ. The acclaimedseries returns for its latest iteration on September 2, delving into the smoky world of barbecue.

Oh and before we forget, did we mention all ten seasons of Friends will arrive on September 17? Bless you Netflix.

Check out the complete list of new shows and movies coming to Netflix Australia this September and get ready for another huge month of at-home streaming.

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    Netflix Australia Original TV

    • Young Wallander (3 September)
    • Away (4 September)
    • Record of Youth (7 September)
    • Get Organized with The Home Edit (9 September)
    • The Gift: Season 2 (10 September)
    • The Duchess (11 September)
    • Family Business: Season 2 (11 September)
    • Close Enough (14 September)
    • Taco Chronicles: Volume 2 (15 September)
    • Baby: Season 3 (16 September)
    • MeatEater: Season 9 (16 September)
    • Signs: Season 2 (16 September)
    • Criminal: UK: Season 2 (16 September)
    • Sing On! (16 September)
    • The Last Word (17 September)
    • Ratched (18 September)
    • American Barbecue Showdown (18 September)
    • Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 4 (22 September)
    • Romance On The Menu (24 September)
    • Sneakerheads (25 September)
    • The School Nurse Files (25 September)
    • Country-Ish (25 September)
    • Whose Vote Counts, Explained (28 September)
    • Private Lives (Coming in September)

    Netflix Australia Films

    • La Partita (1 September)
    • Freaks – You’re One of Us (2 September)
    • Love, Guaranteed (3 September)
    • I’m Thinking of Ending Things (4 September)
    • Mignonnes (9 September)
    • Corazón loco (9 September)
    • The Babysitter: Killer Queen (10 September)
    • Se busca papá (11 September)
    • The Paramedic (16 September)
    • The Devil All The Time (16 September)
    • Enola Holmes (23 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Comedy

    • Felipe Esparza: Bad Decisions (1 September)
    • Afonso Padilha: Alma de Pobre (3 September)
    • Michael McIntyre: Showman (15 September)
    • Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (29 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Documentaries

    • Chef’s Table: BBQ (2 September)
    • Bad Boy Billionaires: India (2 September)
    • My Octopus Teacher (7 September)
    • The Social Dilemma (9 September)
    • La Línea: Shadow of Narco (9 September)
    • Hope Frozen: A Quest to Live Twice (15 September)
    • Challenger: The Final Flight (16 September)
    • GIMS: On the Record (Coming Soon)
    • A Love Song for Latasha (21 September)
    • The Playbook (22 September)
    • The Chef Show: Season 2 (24 September)
    • A Perfect Crime (25 September)
    • American Murder: The Family Next Door (30 September)
    • ARASHI’s Diary Voyage ep12 (Coming Soon)

    Netflix Australia Kids & Family

    • The Boss Baby: Get That Baby! (1 September)
    • True: Friendship Day (1 September)
    • Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices (1 September)
    • Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy: Part 2 (4 September)
    • StarBeam: Season 2 (8 September)
    • Julie and the Phantoms (10 September)
    • Pets United (11 September)
    • Izzy’s Koala World (15 September)
    • Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous (18 September)
    • Chico Bon Bon: Monkey with a Tool Belt: Season 3 (22 September)
    • Mighty Express (22 September)

    Netflix Australia Original Anime

    • The Idhun Chronicles (10 September)
    • Dragon’s Dogma (17 September)

    The Rest

    • A Star Is Born (1 September)
    • The Theory of Everything (4 September)
    • Ride Along (4 September)
    • Friends: Season 1-10 (17 September)
    • Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) (28 September)
    • Instant Family (28 September)

    Stan Australia - September 2020 Release Schedule

    Stan has been dropping nothing but gems in 2020, with exclusives such as Yellowstone, Better Call Saul and Billions keeping plenty of Aussies entertained throughout the winter months.


    September's lineup is looking spicy, with a spin off to the hit series Power set to premiere exclusively on Stan on September 6. Power Book II: Ghost picks up after the events of the Power season finale, as Tariq tries to deal with the aftermath of his father's death.

    Other September highlights include The Comey Rule. Based on the New York Times bestselling book A Higher Loyalty, the two part mini-series dives into the events surrounding the 2016 American presidential election and is shaping up to be a must watch.

    Finally, before we wrap things up, if you've recently watched Tenet or are simply a fan of Robert Pattinson, you'll be stoked to hear the entire Twilight film saga will be coming to Stan on September 17.

    Check out the complete list of new content coming to Stan in September 2020 below. Happy streaming!

    September 1
    • Breathe
    • Daddy’s Home
    • Tropic Thunder
    • The Terminal
    • Mapplethorpe
    • Geordie Shore: Season 20
    September 2
    • Hey Duggee: Season 3, Set 1
    • Down Under
    • Material Girls
    September 3
    • American Pastoral
    • The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
    • Day And Night
    • German Angst
    September 4
    • A.P. Bio: Season 3 – Premiere
    • Cheers: Seasons 1 – 11
    • Canada’s Drag Race: Season 1, Episode 10 – Final
    • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Season 1, Part 2
    • Paddington
    • The House of Magic
    • Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
    September 5
    • Natural World: Hippos – Africa’s River Giants
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 25
    • Broken City
    September 6
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 2
    • P-Valley: Season 1, Episode 8 – Final
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 1 – Premiere
    • Below
    • The Extraordinary
    • Proxima
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 26
    September 7
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 12
    • Be Kind Rewind
    • Selma
    • Porn To Be Free
    September 8
    • The Daughter
    • Apocalypse Now
    September 9
    • Red Dawn
    • Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
    • Rosalie Blum
    September 10
    • China’s Artful Dissident
    • Goon
    • Cutthroat Island
    • Furry Vengeance
    September 11
    • The Voices
    • New Amsterdam: Season 2
    • The Blinky Bill Movie
    • Planet 51
    September 12
    • The Biggest Little Farm
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 27
    September 13
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 3
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 2
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 28
    • Wyrmwood
    September 14
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 13
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 46
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 10 – Midseason Premiere
    • Everybody Loves Raymond: Seasons 1 – 9
    • The Lunchroom
    • Dogs Don’t Wear Pants
    September 15
    • Clueless
    • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    September 16
    • Mirror Mirror
    • Terminator 2: Judgement Day
    • The Aviator’s Wife
    • The Queen of Spain
    September 17
    • Catfish: Season 7
    • Twilight
    • The Twilight Saga: New Moon
    • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
    • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1
    • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2
    • The Host
    • Rambo: First Blood
    • Rambo: First Blood Part 2
    • Rambo III
    • Everybody Wants Some!!
    September 18
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 47
    • Ghosts Of Girlfriends Past
    • Hummingbird
    • Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
    • Astro Boy
    • Dino Time
    • High Tension
    • God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya
    September 19
    • PEN15: Season 2, Part 1 – Premiere
    • The Impossible
    • See Spot Run
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 29
    September 20
    • Love Fraud: Season 1, Episode 4 – Final
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 3
    • Summer of Rockets: Season 1
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 30
    September 21
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 14
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 48
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 11
    • Brothers
    • The Sweeney
    • Woyzeck
    • Where the Green Ants Dream
    September 22
    • Nerve (2016)
    • U-571
    September 23
    • Charmed (2018): Seasons 1 – 2
    • Red Planet
    • An Unexpected Love
    • The Dancer
    September 24
    • Fist Fight (2017)
    • Man on a Ledge
    • Aurora
    • Just To Be Sure
    September 25
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 49
    • Deutschland 89: Season 1 – Premiere
    • Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds: Season 1
    • Something Borrowed
    • Maggie
    • Petra
    September 26
    • Mechanic Resurrection
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 31
    September 27
    • The Comey Rule: Parts 1 & 2 – Premiere
    • Power Book II: Ghost – Season 1, Episode 4
    • Sleepless
    • Berry Bees: Season 1 (Part 2)
    • Monster Beach: Season 1, Episode 32
    September 28
    • The Circus: Season 5, Episode 15
    • Desus & Mero: Season 2, Episode 50
    • Our Cartoon President: Season 3, Episode 12
    • St Trinians 2 – Legend of Fritton’s Gold
    • L.A. Story
    September 29
    • The Fighter
    • I Am Wrath
    • Elsa & Fred
    • 70 Big Ones
    September 30
    • Grey’s Anatomy: Season 14
    • Lock Up
    • Intimate Parts

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