From the outside, dating appears no less than a romantic movie filled with love songs and slow-motion kisses.
It seems to be all about romantic date nights, heartfelt confessions and steamy make-outs. It’s the time when you don’t have to third-wheel with your friends any longer or try to make small-talk with every girl you see at the bar.
However, the flip side to this near-perfect depiction of what love is in films, is that movies often fail to show just how much money is spent in sustaining all of this.
We are talking about the number of bills and expenses that keep piling up as soon as you start dating because now, you not only have birthdays and anniversaries to celebrate, but also spare cash for date nights, vacations, gifts and let’s not forget – Valentine’s Day. And from there. it doesn’t take long for your bank account to hit minimum balance.
However, that is not how it needs to be, especially with these tips to not go broke while dating a woman:
It’s not necessary for both the partners to come from a similar financial background, and that is okay.
In fact, it’s better to be upfront about how modest you are when it comes to spending money because once that conversation is out of the way, you would not have to worry about being judged.
Men face a lot of pressure for taking care of bills when on a date. While that was okay back in the day when men used to be the only ones earning, things have certainly changed now.
The best way to not burn a hole in your pocket every time you go out is by proposing the practise of splitting the bill. This way, dates will be much more comfortable and economical.
Not every date night or catch-up has to be in a fine-dine restaurant or the coolest club in town. Especially not if they cost you a quarter of what you earn in a month.
Try to get a little creative and plan date-nights either at home by cooking for each other, or perhaps by taking a stroll in a museum instead of a bar. Sometimes, simple things turn out to be far better than anything fancy.
This requires you to be proactive and play smart when needed.
Thanks to digitalisation, there are now several apps that tend to offer great deals when stepping out for a dinner or two. Keep an eye out for coupons or lucrative offers that might allow you to have a fancy meal at half a price and without getting robbed blind.
Perhaps an apt solution, especially during this pandemic where meeting your other-half physically is not as easy as it was before.
Rather than stepping out and spending money, another idea is to have virtual zoom dates (in moderation), where you both decide to catch up over a cup of home-made coffee and not always an expensive Starbucks.
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