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The average Irish "date night" costs how much?

Get saving for Valentine’s.

"How much? We'll fill up on bread and split a salad, yeah?"
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IRELAND IS THE sixth most expensive country in the EU to enjoy a date according to a new survey.

The cinema, dinner and bottle of wine can set you back more in Ireland than 21 EU states.

However, that is down three places from a similar survey carried out last year.

Consumer network OneBigSwitch says that the average cost of a night out for a couple with kids is €130 and without kids €80.

That is compared to €39 in Bulgaria and €165 in Luxembourg.

The index surveyed the cost of tickets to the cinema (which it put at €18), dinner for two (€54), a babysitter (€50) and a bottle of wine (€8).

OneBigSwitch’s Sarah Ryan says that with Valentine’s looming, consumers should shop around.

Alternatively, you could guilt a family member into minding the kids for free and eat fast food. Which may not be too romantic, but it’s cheap.

What about you? How much does “date night” set you back? Let us know in the comments

Read: The 13 agonising stages of trying to organise a night out

Read: 8 simple ways to have a cheap night out in Ireland

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