Looking to impress someone without spending a lot of money but don’t want to look like a cheapskate?  Here are a few suggestions on how to have a cheap date without looking like one.

DINNER

There are many websites where you can get discounts if you plan ahead. On restaurant.com you can purchase gift certificates for less than their printed value.  How to settle the bill without looking like a bargain-hunter? Tell your date you have to use the restroom, grab the check, and take care of it while you’re up.   Then you’ll seem like someone who knows how to handle business efficiently and they will still feel taken care of, even if it cost you 15% less.

CULTURE

Many museums have “free days” where you can enter at no cost.  Usually it’s a little busier than other days but that just means your date will have to snuggle up close to you to get to see the exhibit.  You don’t have to tell them that you knew about the free day just say “Hey, want to go to the modern art museum on Wednesday.” Play it off as a surprise, whatever you need to do but as long as it doesn’t seem pre-meditated.  Sometimes these museums take donations instead of charging a specific amount. Even if you give a “generous” $10 donation you’ll still pay less than admission for two but you’ll look like a philanthropist…very sexy.

BARS

A lot of bars have adjusted happy hours to go later or run on the weekends.  Research which places in your area have happy hour during a date appropriate time and get yourself a reservation.  If the place is busy, it’ll just seem popular and you’ll have to get closer together to hear one another.

OUTDOORS

Emphasize how into fitness and/or the outdoors you are and invite them to go on a hike with you.  After the hike you can surprise your date with a pre-packed picnic basket and blanket and turn the day into a romantic outdoor retreat.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a good impression.  Effort should trump amount any day.

Learn effective ways to get the results you want from your dating in my “5 Biggest Online Dating Mistakes video”. I have easy strategies to avoid the most common dating mistakes (almost everybody makes them), and find your ideal mate. – Damona (Dear Mrs D)

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