Being #Frugal Doesn’t Mean You Have to Be Cheap!
We all would like to plan the dream date and treat our special boyfriend or girlfriend to all kinds of exotic foods and exciting entertainment. Unfortunately, unless you have a substantial income you must resort to being resourceful and think outside the sometimes stereotyped dating box.
There’s a fine line between being creative and coming across as a cheap tightwad. The last thing you want to do is give the impression that your date is not worth the money you spend. Some do expect you to spend the big bucks. Maybe it’s good to discover this early on.
Planning dates with variety is the answer. If you consistently choose cheap dates you’ll fall in the category of being thought of as consistently cheap. Save on one and splurge a little on another. Preparation and research go a long way toward a lasting relationship.
Keep them guessing. Start off with a couple of inexpensive but fun dates to get to know each other. Then, blow her socks off with a night on the town and drop a few extra well placed bucks. Just be careful it’s her socks you blow off and not your entire weekly dating budget.
Take a hike or a bike. What a great way to be together and have an opportunity for conversation. Walking through a botanical garden or arboretum can be quite romantic.
It can also be free but not perceived as cheap. Same thing with a bike ride. Don’t go on a biking marathon or race. Just a leisurely peddle through the park will do. At the end of the walk or ride enjoy refreshments as the bonding continues.
Sporting events are always a fun way to let your hair down and release your inhibitions without her thinking you’re a nut. Major league sports can be pricy but check out athletic events on the college and local level. One of you might have brothers or sisters playing on the little league teams and showing family support is a great way to win a few points.
Popcorn and peanuts for munchies won’t strain the budget either.
Be social and attend a friend’s house party. Surely, one of you has a friend or family member who’s throwing a get together some evening and you’re invited. This is a good way to meet the other’s friends or family in a less intimidating setting. Probably everything will be provided but don’t go empty handed. Be the gracious guest and spring for a bottle of wine or whatever is appropriate.
Research the bar scene. If you feel taking your date out for a drink is in order and you dread paying for expensive fancy drinks, check out the bars that offer happy hour drinks and free snacks. You can do this by scanning the newspaper or local “on the town” magazines.
When in doubt, call the bar and ask what they’re offering. Even if the happy hour drinks stretch into the regular price drinks, you’re at least off to a good money saving start.
Fun dating doesn’t have to be expensive. You shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money to enjoy each other’s company.