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How to Save Money on Dates

Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.

Plan ahead

Planning ahead is a great way to save money and enjoy the date even more. For example, if you know that you’re going out for dinner, it’s easy to plan your order so that you don’t buy stuff that gets in the way of sharing. If your date wants appetizers or drinks but not an entrée, let him or her get what they want while also letting them know they are welcome to share some of yours if they want!

This can also help with impulse purchases: if you know what kind of food and drink you want before arriving at the restaurant (and if your date agrees), there will be less chance for overspending on things like dessert or extras like an appetizer sampler—plus those items may not even be available!

Do some research.

First, do some research. If you're not sure where to start, look at local events and restaurants. This way, you'll know what's happening in your area and can use that information when planning dates. You can also do a quick Google search for nearby attractions or activities (like hiking or biking), or try looking up places to shop online—you never know what kind of deals are available!

Find a theme.

One of the best ways to save money on dates is to find a theme that's easy to find things for. When you do this, you'll be able to get more bang for your buck with items you can buy at a home goods store or online retailer like Amazon.

Themes are popular because they're easy and fun! This also makes them social media gold—which means if someone asks what your date looks like on Instagram stories, everyone will know what it was all about. This is a good thing because then people will ask about it instead of asking why you didn't think up something better (like "good food" or "going out"). The point here is: if there's one thing we've learned from our past experiences in dating and relationships, it's that people want us together as much as possible so they can watch us grow as individuals while still being together in some capacity at all times forevermore amen amen hallelujah praise jesus amen AmenHALLELUJAH praise Jesus Amen HALLELUJAH praise Jesus Amen HALLELUJAH praise Jesus Amen HALLELUJAH praise Jesus Amen HALLELUJAH praise Jesus Amen HALLELULUHAH !!!!!!!!!!

Connect your date to something you're going to do later.

You can also save money on dates by connecting them to something you're going to do in the future anyway. For example, if there's a restaurant that has happy hour specials or a movie you want to see at a discounted rate, or even the theater where your favorite band is performing—you can take your date there and enjoy some of the same perks without having to pay for them again.

Do an activity that doesn't cost much money.

  • Go for a walk. It’s a simple activity that doesn’t cost anything, and it can be done anywhere. If you want to get some exercise in, go for the more exciting option of hiking somewhere new or taking the long way home from work.
  • Explore a local park with your date! There are plenty of beautiful parks around most cities that offer free access to everyone—just make sure to bring sunscreen if it's sunny out!
  • Visit a museum! Museums always have special events going on throughout the year where admission is free—just check their website before heading over there so you don't miss out!
  • Go to a free concert! Most big cities have their own free music series (like Austin City Limits or Lollapalooza), but smaller cities may have their own as well (such as LollaFest). Just make sure not every single weekend has an event like this going on because then it would be impossible for anyone else besides teenagers/early twenty somethings who don't work full time jobs anymore (aka me) ever having any fun again since they'd spend all night every weekend at these concerts instead of having actual lives outside work hours which means no one gets paid except maybe bartenders which means society will collapse into anarchy because none of us will ever eat again either thanks Obama 2020!!
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Try keeping things simple sometimes.

You can have a good time on a date without spending a lot of money. The key is to be creative and not scared of being spontaneous or adventurous. Sometimes it's nice to just go somewhere and hang out, rather than trying to make it into an expensive night out. You don't need fancy dinners and extravagant trips; sometimes you just want the company of your date and the experience of doing something together that is fun or interesting, even if it doesn't cost anything at all. Don't be afraid to be romantic or silly! You don't have to spend money every time you go on a date; sometimes spending some time together is all you need!

You don't have to spend a lot of money on dates to have fun.

So, you want to go on a date with your partner. You just got your first paycheck and you're thinking about splurging on a fancy dinner and drinks. But wait! You don't have to spend a lot of money on dates to have fun. In fact, there are a lot of ways you can save money while still having an enjoyable time with your partner.

Here are some tips for planning cheap dates:

  • Plan ahead! If possible, try coming up with ideas in advance so that when it comes time for your date it will be easy for both of you to get ready quickly (or if one of you has work early in the morning.) This also allows for spontaneity and flexibility if either party wants something different from what was originally planned out ahead of time."


Hopefully, we’ve helped you feel a little less guilty about spending money on dates. We know that it can be hard to find the right balance with dating, but there are so many ways to enjoy yourself without breaking the bank. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on dates and still have fun with your partner! Just remember that it’s important to prepare ahead of time and make sure you both have something planned so that nothing goes wrong during your date night. Also, try not overthink things too much—just go with the flow!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Shanon Sandquist

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