Dating on a Tight Budget

Dating on a Tight Budget

Being broke is no joke, and it can really take a toll on your social life. If you’re short on cash and can’t do the club scene it doesn’t have to mean staying home alone. Here are a few tips you can use to keep yourself in the dating scene when your wallet is too thin to party!

First of all, be honest. Its okay to say you’re short on cash, and your date will probably appreciate your willingness to be open about the situation. Most of us go through lean times now and again and it can bring people closer if they’re willing to be open.

Look for alternatives. A picnic in the park, a walk in the woods, or a day at the beach can be low or no cost entertainment. Ask your date to add ideas and pick something you’ll both enjoy.

Consider staying in. Dinner and a movie doesn’t have to mean a restaurant and theater; you can rent a movie and cook a low cost meal. If your date enjoys gaming you can rent a game or utilize online deals and discounts to buy a low cost game you’ll both enjoy.

Ask a few friends over for a potluck dinner party. Make a dish or two and have everyone bring something, and you’ll be surprised at the feast you’ll enjoy!

Host a card party or game night. Invite another couple or two to join you for an evening of poker, or pull out a board game you enjoy. Have your other guests bring their own drinks and a snack, and you’ll be good for the evening!

Turn the tables. If you always pay for your dates it’s okay to ask your partner to take their turn grabbing the tab, but you should let them know up front rather than springing it on them when you’ve already ordered your meals.

Running low on cash when you’re dating can actually be a good thing, because you’ll see how your partner reacts when money isn’t part of the equation. If you’re date isn’t interested in you when you’re going through a rough time, they may not be the kind of person you want in your life!


Hi, I’m Victoria. I’m not a psychologist or a therapist, instead my relationship advice comes from real life dating experience and lessons learnt by trial and error. All the guys I’ve dated have been very different but I certainly came across my fare share of “Mr Unavailable” types, so if you find yourself in a situation with a guy who won’t commit, hopefully these stories will help.

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