How To Keep The Romance Alive

Are we unromantic? New research commissioned by leading Australian group buying website,, has revealed that 71 per cent of survey respondents don’t go on a regular ‘date night’.

The online survey, which involved 567 Australians aged 16-65 years from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra, also revealed that respondents typically spend between $51-100 on a date, apart from people in Canberra, who only spend $5-50.

For those participants who do have a regular date night, Saturday is the most popular day of the week, followed by Friday. The survey also revealed that participants have some famous faces at the top of their ‘most desirable date night partner’ list. Hugh Jackman was voted top of the list by the females, followed by Eric Bana and Daniel McPherson. For the guys, Elle McPherson, Kylie Minogue, and Megan Gale came out on top.

According to Dean McEvoy, CEO Spreets, those that do have a regular date night are looking to the Internet as their source of inspiration. “Finding new or exciting things to do has never been so easy with group buying websites like Spreets, and the survey shows that 88 per cent of respondents are turning to the Internet for date night ideas,” he said.

“Dating doesn’t have to be a costly experience either. The way group buying websites work is that they do the research to identify something interesting to do in your city, and offer users significant savings”.

Here are five tips for making ‘date night’ successful:

1. Commit to a set night of the week – decide which night of the week works for you and your partner and try and stick to it as much as possible.

2. Variety is the spice of life – it’s easy to go to the same Thai restaurant and order the same noodle dish every week, but there are hundreds of different places you can try, and things you can do. If you’re going for a meal, then go to a different suburb, try a new genre of food, or order something you wouldn’t normally do.

3. Budget – there’s no need to spend lots of money, either set yourself a budget and stick to it or alternate a pricey outing with a low-key date. A low-key option is to make a picnic and go to a scenic place, or take advantage of the discounts offered by group buying sites like Spreets which offer up to 90% discount on restaurants and experiences.

4. Have fun - try to forget about all the other stressors in your life and just enjoy time alone with your partner.

5. Make an effort – get dressed up and make an effort for your partner, a little bit of effort can go a long way.

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