How to Not Let low-funds interrupt your romantic journey.
Even though we often feel the need to spend a lot of money on first dates, a bigger personality will leave more an impact than a bigger bill. If you’re low on cash, or simply do not want to let your date know about your finances– a creative inexpensive first date may be in order.
Crossing out anything that costs money upon entrance and eating out may seem intimidating, but in the end, you can show off your innovative thinking, unique interests, and your openness to new experiences. Every city holds events in public spaces that can be explored. Start by viewing your town as a tourist would. Consider checking out a tourist book to give you a new path through the city you may never have thought of. Parks, libraries, or even city buildings with beautiful architecture can provide enough for you and your date to engage with.
You can take advantage of museums that often have a day every month when you can go for free or gallery walks with free wine and cheese!. Check your local newspaper for free events. Your date will appreciate doing something different and cultural, instead of just seeing the latest movie.
When all else fails, look around your home, and kitchen, and use what you’ve already got. Try creating your own scavenger hunt that will take you and your date around to interesting areas. A spontaneous picnic on the grass, or a midnight game of truth-or-dare poker with your own rules will show that you are never bored, and thus never boring.
Any and all of these ideas cost little to no money, and yet will show off your creative and spontaneous side. If the chemistry is off, you will still have new surroundings or an interesting subject with which to engage. If you two hit it off, then there is no pressure to enjoy the expensive background, and leaves plenty of space for the date to become more intimate. Either way, ‘no money’ does not have to mean ‘no fun’.
Share YOUR creative, inexpensive date ideas with us in our comments section! Until the next date, this is Drew signing out.
A while ago, we released “Love in the Time of Microeconomics,” a special report on dating and the economy. We wanted to know: does the national singles’ pastime – i.e. dating – stagnate with the GDP? The results showed that singles do alter their behavior in times of hardship, but not in order to hinder dating. Rather, singles adjusted their expectations to allow for more dating, not less. While currency values and bank statements can fluctuate, the value of love remains the same: priceless. For more on this topic, check out the news package we put together for you as a fun ZooskTV extra! This and other videos are available on our YouTube page. Continue reading →
Gone are the days when we would throw on our best apparel and drop hundreds of dollars each week on dinner, drinks, and entertainment as part of the standard operating procedure of the dating game. In times of economic trouble, everyone is talking about how online dating has become a cheaper and effective alternative to what was once the status quo.
This got us thinking. Singles are not willing to cut love out of their budgets. So, exactly how much do economic realities influence a person looking for Mr. or Miss Right? We took a poll fielding 1,009 responses from singles in the United States who use Zoosk.
We touched on some sensitive topics covering unemployment, living with parents, and going on dates that revolve around free activities, rather than being wined and dined. The response was an overwhelming consensus that economic hardships are not a deterrent when love is on the line!
So if you happen to be out work at the moment, you might not be out of luck. Our poll found American singles are still interested in dating even if the person is currently unemployed.
Still living at home with Mom and Pop? A substantial 80% of our responses assured us that living with the rents is not a “dating deal breaker.”
Finally, we wanted to know if our members would consider a date focused on a free activity a turn-off or turn-on. The result? Our members think that an excessive rendezvous that leaves you broke is not necessary to have a great time.
We are happy to report that in the face of economic trouble, Zooskers are not deterred from dating. According to our findings, it’s ok to indulge in a little love, recession style.