I was talking to some of my guy friends this week and one of the topics that came up was how expensive dating can be. Through history it has always been traditional that a gentleman pays for a lady when going out. It’s an expectation that every man should live up to. It may sound unfair, but trust me, girls spend their share on getting ready and looking nice. What boys need to realize is that dating doesn’t always have to be expensive. Here are a couple of ideas that will make your girl and wallet happy.
Dining at a nice restaurant can be pricey. Not only are you paying for $20 entrees, but maybe an appetizer, and probably dessert. Even adding a bottle of wine will rack up the bill pretty fast. (FYI Wine at a restaurant is usually 4 times more expensive than at the grocery store) Instead, have your girl over and cook her something special. Grab a bottle of wine and candles to create that romantic ambiance, and kick your roommates out for an evening. Your girl will be impressed with the set up and effort and will give you mad props if your food is tasty.
Live music is the perfect date night idea, and there are always free live performances in Brazos Valley. Enjoy sweet tunes and dance the night away. It will give you the opportunity to get to know one another while also having a great time. Plus, you wouldn’t have spent a dime to hear it.
The good old going to a movie date never fails. Luckily the movie theaters in College Station are $4.00 a ticket compared to the $9.00-$15.00 in other cities. Take your girl to the newest blockbuster, chick flick, or comedy, but try avoiding the snack bar. The food and drinks are always over priced and most girls wouldn’t care less if you skipped it.
This is about the freest place you can take a date. Bring your dog, play Frisbee golf, ride the swings at a playground, or just take a walk. Going to the park is awesome for getting out the house. Try visiting all the parks in town, or head over to Lake Bryan for a picnic. You will be surprised at how much fun it is and how much you save by doing it.
When it comes to dating, girls are looking for adventure, romance, and excitement, but that doesn’t mean spending your paycheck to do it. Remember, girls are not seeing how much you spend on a date, but how much fun they had. Plus, most of the girls I know appreciate a guy who is smart with money.