Got a hot date this weekend?  And you’ve gone through your wardrobe numerous times and STILL can’t find something appropriate to wear?  Ok, I’m trusting that you really really really need something new and that it has been awhile since your last purchase.  I also hope that over the past few weeks you have been utilizing as many free dating tactics as possible.

 

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Happy Birthday to Me

On October 6, 2011, in Dating on a Dime, Freebies, by Cornell

So this may seem a little bit sneaky and cheap but when you have no money and still like dating in that singles for singles world, all is fair.  AND you can only use this tactic once a year so hopefully you read this around the time of your birthday.

Yup, I said it, birthday.  I don’t care how young or old you are, birthday season is still a time to celebrate all things you.  SO if you are still in that singles for singles world this is the perfect time to meet and mingle new people without having to buy anyone a drink.  Actually, you’ll probably get a couple drinks out of it, even if you’re a guy.

Let me set the scene.  For your birthday let your friends (or tell your friends) to take you to a pub of some sort and invite some friends you’ve never met before.  This will give you the opportunity to get introduced to a new network in a social and un-intimidating setting.  It won’t feel like you’re at a dating site but it will still give you everything you need to make a good impression for the future.

What makes this even more genius is that because it is YOUR birthday, people will want to be buying you drinks.  If you’re a guy even the girls you meet may buy you one.  If you want to make a really good impression buy one for her in return.  It would be rude to turn her’s down but show your appreciation by reciprocating.  You only need to get her one to make your point.  This is unlike if you’re on a date where you are usually expected to buy at least a couple.

If your friends don’t have any new people for you to meet don’t get discouraged.  There are usually tons of people at pubs that you can get introduced to because it’s your birthday.  It’s always an easy way into a conversation with a stranger.

Warning to this tip:  Don’t let yourself get loaded and become a drunken full just because it’s your birthday and you will get free drinks.  Know personals limit and when to say no.  You can always pass those free drinks onto chicks or guys you meet.

 

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Happy Hour

On October 5, 2011, in Dating Advice, Dating on a Dime, by Chong

So, I have the cutest date tonight.  It’ll be the first time we’ve gone out but we’ve known each other for pretty much a year exactly now.  He’s really adorable.  He is average height, blonde hair, blue eyes, and a surfer’s bod.  For all you guy readers I know you don’t care but for girls get it, these personals details are important.

Anyway, we met back at an old job where we worked together but never actually ended up dating back then.  Who knows why, maybe it’s because we worked together or he was involved, whatever.  We going out now.  Unfortunately, I’m still pretty broke and so is he so we decided to go for drinks.

Now I know what you’re thinking.  Aren’t drinks expensive?  The answer is a resounding HELL YES.  But we have decided to do Happy Hour instead of meeting later.  This means we are not only getting drinks at half the price but that we will also be meeting after work.  I always did like this because it means I didn’t really need to pick out a whole new cute outfit from the store.  I can still look nice but be able to just where my work clothes.

Date for Two

Instantly I have just saved money on clothes and drinks.  Yes, it’s not freedating because it will still cost money for what I do buy but it is a significant improvement on going out on a Friday night to the bar.  It also means that we won’t get sloppy drunk and end in some horrible one night stand evening, which is always good.

So, if you are doing some dating for the first time with a person, I would highly suggest happy hour.  Guys, this is directed to you as well.  Besides, girls dig a guy in a suit and if you show up in a sharp one, you’re half way there.

- Grey

 

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We are men!

On September 28, 2011, in Freebies, by Cornell

A night with the boys is like having a drama free dating scenario.  You get the company and friendship of hanging with your buddies without the drama of getting in with those crazy chick singles for singles.  You know the feeling.  I mean, I love the ladies and it is nice to be dating one but sometimes you just need a break away from them.  It gives you the chance to be everything disgusting without feeling self conscious about it because all your friends are doing the exact same thing.

Now that you’ve made the decision to have a night that is girl free night you still have to remember that just because you not “dating” doesn’t mean you can blow your budget.  Consider this guys night the same as freedating night with a chick.  Think…

 

  • what’s on the agenda
  • who’s going
  • how much is budgeted
  • where are the short cuts in the night

 

This will give you the best idea how to plan for a cheaper evening.  My suggestion is to keep this “free dating” evening with the boys as close to free as possible.  Try splitting a case of beer, take back the old ones while you’re at it so you can put that money towards the new ones.  Have a night in playing video games and watching those awesome classic movies like Rocky and The Godfather.  If you really want to get out drink first at your place then go to a pizza place or wing place for cheap food.  Look for the discount nights (this is especially true if it’s a weeknight).

Whatever you do, don’t indulge in something like poker night unless you’re playing for fake money or pennies.  You may think that this situation could end with you walking away 1000 bucks richer but it’s usually the opposite scenario and will land you eating ramen noodles everyday for a month.

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Cutting Corners

On September 27, 2011, in Dating Advice, Dating on a Dime, Freebies, by Chong

Dating on Hold (at least the expensive type)

 

Well it’s the 27th and we are all sweating for the same reason (unless your still sleeping in your space man sheets and race car bed tucked nicely up in your bedroom).  That’s right, rent is coming up.  Rent rent rent rent.  Money money  money money.  All of the sudden that shirt you bought a few days again doesn’t seem as worth it but it’s too late to take it back and deep down it is a cute shirt that will go perfect on you upcoming personals date this Friday.  So here’s what you can do to skim a few corners in your budget to make up for it.

  • go to your parents for dinners and casually suggest to take the left overs off their hands
  • sell some old stuff on ebay
  • pick up an on the side gig for cash like doing a banquet wedding or tutoring
  • say no to those small perks at the grocery store like those delicious Skinny Cow ice cream containers (you won’t starve without them.  Just maybe get a little cranky)
  • take money out of your transportation fund and take the bus a couple times
  • cancel some of your datingplans (that always sets you back)

    mmmmmmmm

Singles for Singles Lifestyle

I know none of these ideas are necessarily ideal in your life and probably would much rather ignore them.  But desperate times call for desperate measures.  You only have four days to make sure you have all the money you need for rent.  This is only temporary until your next cheque and hopefully you’ll be able to get back on budget then and re-enter your singles for singles lifestyle.

- Grey

 

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