Date Can FAQ
WHAT IS A DATE CAN?
It's a little paint can designed for couples that includes 24 different date ideas inside. In this 2017 Edition, there is roughly $150 worth of savings, at 12 local Ottawa businesses.
WHY SHOULD WE BUY ONE?
Having a third-party hold you accountable is such a refreshing element. I've turned this into a program, with prize incentives and even a gala I'm trying to plan in November exclusively for my date can clients. You get savings just for loving each other. How sweet is that?!
SHOULD WE REGISTER OUR CAN?
I would, yes! You get automatically put into my "PRIZE CAN" this way.
WHAT'S WITH THE HASHTAG: #adatebykatecan ?
If you share your experiences so that I can see them & re-post, you get extra ballots into the "PRIZE CAN" ... ;) You don't need to add your faces. It could be photos of something neat you saw, the food you enjoyed, etc.
HOW DO WE KNOW HOW MUCH EACH DATE WILL COST US?
When you pull a white envelope out of the date can, it will tell you how much money you need on-hand to accomplish this date as a couple. The envelope will also tell you the neighbourhood and any special notes to consider.
EX. Budget: $45 / Area: Downtown / Notes: Call to make a reservation
Then you open up the envelope to find out where you're going, and what you're doing.
WHAT'S THE DEAL WITH THE SAVINGS?
To be super honest – I didn't want this to be the focus, so I printed any savings in very small font. I wrote that you've saved $8-$14, or $5, or any other amount that the businesses graciously wanted to offer you.
#1 – #12 are dates at local businesses. Please bring your envelope AND date card inside to their locations to redeem any savings.
#13 – #24 are ones that are done at home, or with more freedom to choose your location.
WHAT IF WE'RE ON A TIGHT BUDGET?
I had calculated it at one point, and if you did every single one of these dates within the 2017 year, it would cost $800 for a couple. That's $400 each person = $33/month to throw into your date can every month to invest in your love life!
If you don't have the funds to do something, you can always throw it back into the can and save it for later or mail it to a friend. ;)
IS THIS DATE CAN SUITABLE FOR UNDER 18 YEAR OLDS?
There is one place they wouldn't be able to go for sure. I kept alcohol a separate cost otherwise.
IS THIS DATE CAN SUITABLE FOR OVER 60 YEAR OLDS?
Sure is! There are one or two you may say, "nahh, we'll skip this one." That's all up to the discretion of each couple.
WHAT IF WE CAN'T FIND A BABYSITTER?
Your kids can always be a part of your dates. Except for #21 ... ha. BUT – if you do want a night alone, I found you a trusted daycare provider that offers DATE NIGHT service. It's called ProCare and is just off Parkdale Avenue. Here's the video I made to show you their space: click here.
WHAT IS THE "FEEL THE LOVE FUND"?
When couples purchase a date can, $1 from each can sold up until February 14, 2017 is going into a fund so that I can send a deserving couple out on one of my customized dates. I'll post an application for this soon, and you can nominate a couple that you think deserves a special pick-me-up. Maybe they're going through a rough patch, perhaps they have a sick kid, or they are struggling financially.
WHAT'S COMING NEXT?
I'm working on an expansion pack called: Sippin' & Dippin'. Stay tuned!