Dating is expensive, regardless if you are a man or a woman. Many times, we overlook the cost of dating, but doing so can very quickly put us into a bad financial situation. Just taking a few women out to dinner in a month will run you a few hundred dollars. Trust me, in my quest for how to find love, I found out that a handful of first dates in a month can wreak havoc on your budget.
Therefore, when dating, you need to be smart to keep the cost of dating to a minimum. Here are a handful of ideas to help you keep the cost of dating to a reasonable level.
Keeping The Cost Of Dating In Check
Online Dating: There are many online dating sites to find a potential match on. Many of these sites cost money. Instead of buying subscriptions to them all, do a little research and compare them on a website dating chart. Find out which ones are most likely going to meet your needs and have members of the opposite sex that have the qualities you are looking for.
Be Smart With Dates: Not all dates need to go to a 5 start restaurant for dinner. You can easily go for coffee, a walk in the park, or other fun activities. Learn to think outside the box. As long as you are enjoying yourselves, it doesn’t matter what the setting is for your date.
Don’t Buy New Outfits: You don’t need a new dress shirt or new heels for every date. The man or woman you are meeting for a date knows nothing about your clothes. You don’t need to buy new things for every date. Doing so is a waste of money.
Plan Ahead: By planning ahead, you can save yourself a good bit of money. If you live in a large city that runs “Restaurant Week”, you can eat at a nice restaurant for very little money. Additionally, you can research fairs or festivals that are in your area and go to these. The more you plan ahead, the more money you can save.
Split The Bill: For me, as a man I always pay the bill. This is true regardless if I plan on seeing the woman again or not. But for many, splitting the bill has become common if you aren’t planning on seeing the other person again. I’m not sure exactly how you bring this topic up, but I have read a lot that it is acceptable. In fact, I’ve read stories of the women requesting to pay half – and not just out of courtesy but because they really want to pay half.
Be True To Yourself: Related to the point above about being smart with dates is to be true to yourself. What I mean by this is to not try to impress the other person by going to places that cost hundreds of dollars. You are selling them a false idea of you. I’m not talking in the sense of “gold-diggers” but rather having the dating turning into a relationship and them realizing you are in debt because you were simply trying to impress them.
As I said before, dating is expensive. You have to be smart when dating so that you don’t go into debt. It’s better to present your true self than to lie and try to impress the other person with money you don’t have. After all, if you start the relationship off on lies, how can you ever build a solid, trustworthy relationship? Odds are you can’t. Think outside the box and find clever ways to keep the cost of dating to a reasonable level.
Hi, my name is Jon and I run Compounding Pennies. I’ve been interested in personal finance since high school and love writing and talking about it. You can learn more about me in the Authors section of this site.