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Date Ideas That Seem Cheap But Aren’t

February 3rd, 2016 - By Julia Austin
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Maybe you’re flat broke, or maybe you just want to prove to yourselves that you can do it, but either way, you need to come up with cheap date ideas. And yes, they do need to be dates because, while watching Netflix and Chilling is (mostly) free, it doesn’t give you and your partner the chance to engage. So you have to get creative. But don’t fall into the trap that so many well-meaning, thin-walleted couples do and believe that these dates are cheap. They only seem cheap at first. But, like most times that you venture out in the world, you encounter that the world just wants your money! And that you’re all too willing to give it up, especially once you already got all dressed up, found parking, and made your way through the crowds to be there. So here are eight date ideas that seem cheap but aren’t.

Being Cheap Is Attractive? Men And Women Prefer Penny Pinchers Over Big Spenders

August 25th, 2013 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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MN recently reported that one’s credit score is as important as looks on the dating scene. Well, a new study goes hand-in-hand with these findings: men and women prefer a partner who is more money-conscious with their spending, Time reports.

Frugal spenders were once shunned in the dating community; now after trudging through a money-eating recession, men and women appreciate someone who can keep a tight hold on their finances. “[M]any surveys and studies have shown that being responsible with money — perhaps even to the point that you might be considered cheap — bodes well for your love life,” Time says.

Nearly 25 percent of adult daters pulled out a coupon to pay for romantic outings–on a first date! But 73 percent wouldn’t mind the penny-pinching gesture; they reported that they would pursue a second date with the bargain hunter.

Another recent study, titled “A Penny Saved Is a Partner Earned: The Romantic Appeal of Savers,” finds that men and women perceive savers to be more attractive than spenders. Why? Because daters assume that partners who have high financial self-control will translate that discipline into other areas of  their life such as commitment.  They also believe that they are less likely to “impulsively say hurtful things or cheat on a romantic partner,” Time says.

“You would think that spending would be more attractive, because things like flashy watches or purses are so visible,” said Jenny Olson, co-author of the study. “Those things can also be perceived as wasteful and lacking in self-control.”

The researchers conclude that the perception of spenders has been transformed. Maybe at one time, probably during the pre-recession era, spenders were more desired. Presently, more Americans have learned the hard way about financial responsibility.

Would you date a frugal man? What about someone who used a coupon on the first date?

Dates that Won’t Break the Bank

February 14th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Bankrate) — People on a blind date and longtime married couples alike are finding ways to date for less. In fact, having a frugal mindset could save money while helping you make a positive impression.  “They’re not (avoiding) dating anymore because of money; they’re just doing some clever and some inventive things,” says Whitney Casey, author of “The Man Plan” and a contributor to online dating site “It’s cool to be frugal in a recession.”  Cheap and even free dates can be just as memorable, without taking a big chunk out of your paycheck or creating credit card debt.  There’s no evidence of a correlation between how much money you spend on a date and the kind of memory that’s created, says Jeff Yeager, an author based in Maryland whose books include “The Cheapskate Next Door.”  “Never hide or be shy about your attitude toward money, even when you’re first dating,” he says.

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