Dating on a Dime
Finding time and funds for dating is a challenge for singles and couples alike. It’s my humble opinion that while getting to know each other, less truly is more. By carefully choosing activities and moments that are more simplified, you allow for more communication and awareness.
The latest in my series of affordable dating articles, this article features simple tricks for dating on a dime, including creative couples’ events and tips for using coupons discreetly in ways that won’t make you look tacky or cheap.
Flowers on the fly
When on a leisurely snack and stroll type of date, or if you just want to arrive with flowers, consider the “flowers on the fly” approach. A single rose from a street vendor or wildflower gathering during an outdoor adventure are both thoughtful gestures. For those who prefer a more modern type of flower arrangement, a bouquet of narcissus blooms or day lilies from the back yard tied with a fabric ribbon also make a nice statement. This gives you a way to add an element of style to the date, while keeping things appropriately in balance. Wise Bread’s own Andrea Dickson has written a great piece on DIY flower gifts, suitable for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year.
Double dating can be particularly affordable under circumstances such as camping, making dinner at someone’s place, or glamming up the evening with a progressive snack party. It provides an opportunity for cost sharing that’s discreet and “built in” to the experience, so to speak. It’s also an economical use of time and energy, since someone else is shouldering some of the logistics. Think glamping at a campground with amenities or renting a romantic mountain cabin for the weekend. Double dating keeps things small and oriented towards getting to know each other, where larger parties tend to be more about event planning. This can take the focus off the person you were trying to provide a quality event for in the first place. So couple up for savings and a superior dating experience.
Personally, I think this is the perfect way to work in coupons and other savings opportunities without looking tacky. As I said in my recent article relating to classy dating on a budget, hauling out a restaurant coupon on the first date is just plain tacky. That being said, picking up something on the way over to watch movies at your date’s apartment, or when you’re picking them up for a day hike is very considerate. It also allows coupon use without pointing it out. Two for one breakfast sandwiches and a free coffee with purchase? Great! Just call your date and let them know you’ll be picking up breakfast on the way and ask how they like their morning coffee. Five dollars off an entrée at your favorite Thai restaurant? Same thing. You can use this same sort of strategy for discount event tickets. Pick them up ahead of time and look like the best boy scout ever.
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