Monday, September 6, 2010
Dating on a dime.
With people throughout all walks of life feeling the effects of the dismal economy, families and individuals alike are cutting corners wherever they can. Just about everyone these days is trying to spend less and save more. Whether that means brown bagging your lunch to work or cutting coupons, every little bit adds up. So how does one date in this economy without breaking the bank? Well, a little research and some creativity can be the difference between making you look original rather than cheap.
The idea of dating on a budget can be a difficult obstacle for guys to navigate through, considering women expect men to pick up the tab especially on a first date. In this particular case men should try to find out as much as they possibly can about the woman they are about to go out with. There are plenty of other things to do in such a big city like L.A. besides dinner and a movie, which nowadays can add up to be 2 weeks worth of groceries. Planning an activity that the both of you can enjoy like a scenic hike followed by a simple picnic lunch or early dinner can take you out of the traditional first date “20 questions” routine, which often feels like the two of you are interviewing one another for a job rather than getting to know each other.
Seeking out creative alternatives like walking through a Farmer’s Market or a local festival can alleviate some of the pressure that comes along with a first date. It can also provide common ground and can stimulate natural conversation. If anything “people watching” is always free and can sometimes be very entertaining.
“There’s no correlation between a good date and an expensive date. If she thinks there is, she is probably not the right person for you” –says Marc Katz, a Los Angeles Dating Coach.
Museums can also be a more practical way to get to know someone. The most interesting museums in L.A. like The Getty, Norton Simon and LACMA are either free or practically free to get into, and almost always have small inexpensive restaurants or coffee shops that the two of you can go to if the night is going well. And if it doesn’t workout, at least you won’t be left feeling like you just spent a small fortune on a complete stranger.