Dating Is Expensive, But It Doesn't Have To Be

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 12/30/2014 | 01:00 PM EST

Centric guides you to dating on a budget

Who doesn’t love to date? Dinner and a movie. Trips to the museum. Enjoying the sweet sounds of a jazz orchestra. The romantic options are limitless. But one thing that does have a limit is your pocketbook.

Depending on how often you go out on dates, the receipts begin to pile up after a while. Very seldom do people talk about just how expensive an active dating life can be. Whether you’re in an exclusive relationship or dating casually, you have to admit that dating will exhaust your coins--and quickly.


But just because you’re conscious about your spending doesn’t mean you can’t still have a healthy and active dating life. You just have to date and spend smart.

Netflix All The Way

Sometimes seeing the latest movie in the theatre just isn’t worth it. Most of us don’t even go for the actual movie but for the experience and quality time. If that’s the case, why not bring the movie to your living room with Netflix? Cut costs by purchasing a bottle of wine, cooking at home and enjoying a film while snuggled up on the couch. You’ll elude those overpriced movie tickets and popcorn and ultimately have a more intimate experience this way.

Go Dutch

This approach is more so for the benefit of the men. Many women expect their male companions to wine and dine them by covering the bill all the time. As great as that may be, you shouldn’t take advantage of someone else’s pockets at the expense of protecting your own. A thoughtful approach would be to go dutch when least as often as possible. Many men complain that dating women have become far too expensive, so why contribute to such financial strain? Splitting the bill not only gives his bank account a break, but it shows him that you’re thoughtful and not some jaded gold digger. Not to mention it’s just the fair thing to do.

Restaurant Discounts

Many people don’t know that many restaurants offer coupons for designated evenings and specials like “buy one get one free.” If you really want to save a dollar, it would be in your best interest to take advantage of such deals. Some restaurants also offer special menus where appetizers are half-priced or drop in early for happy hour. You can also cut liquor costs by dining in at a BYOB (bring your own bottle) restaurant. Trust us. Bringing your own bottle of wine is a lot cheaper than paying for an average of four glasses between you and your date. If the weather’s nice, another romantic date idea is to have a picnic in the park. Make sandwiches and pack some fruits. You’ll be amazed by how much money you’ll save.

Plan a Group Date Potluck

Make things interesting by planning an occasional double-date or group date potluck. This is usually reserved for those who are married or in long-term relationships. You get to socialize with other couples and you can split the costs. Have your guests bring dishes over to the home and have a romantic and festive dining experience. You can even make things interesting my switching up the themes like “Mexican Night” or “Breakfast for Dinner.” You can also play games or watch a movie/television program, making it an evening of frugality and friendly fun.

Being economical shouldn’t have to impede on your dating life, so make use of some of these tips you’re sure to save a few extra cash. Your welcome.

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