Let’s face it, dating is expensive. Between the costs of the dates themselves, the dinner you want to take her to before each night out, and the gifts she deserves as your relationship progresses and gets more and more serious, your bank account can really take a beating. If you’re married, things can get even more expensive. Between the engagement ring and the cost of the wedding, you have already spent a ton. Not that you don’t have to spend, of course, but still – that’s your hard-earned cash. One of the best lessons we can give to men is that you don’t have to spend a lot of money just to impress a woman. There are ways to keep her interested and even make her think you’re going above and beyond to treat her to expensive things without actually having to cough up the money.
Think Outside the Box
For most dates, there seems to be a specific order that they follow. There’s an afternoon show and then dinner, or perhaps dinner and then a concert late in the night, either way those two things that you’re probably paying the bill for. If you go on dates that are a little more unconventional, you’re going to avoid spending large amounts of money and still be able to spend a lot of time together. Keep an eye out for things like arts and musical festivals, where the admission costs are low and the two of you can spend time together and bond over common interests. Even things like having a date night are good ideas if the two of you are more laid-back; you can make a theme for the night and watch a few movies and make it so that the only money you spend is on popcorn and drinks for the night. Never underestimate the romance in a movie night.
Less is More
If the woman you are with, only seems happy when she’s receiving an expensive present every time you take her out, it might be time to rethink the woman you’re dating. If your relationship isn’t serious and she wants a present at the start of every date, it’s a pretty good indicator that she might only be in it for your money. That’s not the kind of woman you want to be with. If you still want to treat her and keep her interested and impressed without breaking the bank, the key is in surprising her with a series of small, intimate gifts. No, not necessarily bedroom-quality intimate, though that is an option if a new sex toy or lingerie is something she’d really enjoy. Giving her a series of small gifts that you know she’ll love will not only show her that you care and know her interests very well, it’ll also stop you from ending up broke because you want to keep this woman happy. In this way, less is more. You’re still buying her gifts and keeping her happy, but you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on every date for a new piece of jewelry or some other expensive thing.