Impress Her On A Budget
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Dating is very much a like job interview: you’re applying for a position (often “horizontal”), and it’s available. Seinfeldian philosophy spots the difference: It’s very rare after a successful job interview for both parties to end up naked. The essence, however, is the same — you’re trying to impress. In these tough times, no one has a job interview, and roughly the same amount of people can afford to splurge the amounts that will impress a woman who watches Sex in the City (in other words, every woman). So, if we’re not appealing to the one weakness that our double-x-chromosomed counterparts show for all things costly, we’re going to have to attack on the other front — their weakness for sentiment and emotion. The best bit about it: they’re both free.
The standard foolproof date idea is to spoil a girl. We do this by taking her to a top-notch (read: expensive and extravagant) sample of something she enjoys. However, this is not a credit crunch dating strategy. Let’s take a look at some of the things girls enjoy — the typical second-mortgage-inducing splurge — and the thoughtful, emotion-capitalising credit crunch alternatives. More good news is that you won’t come off looking cheap, we promise.
Move the dinner date to your manor or the park
Dinner dates are a win. You have time to perform your best “I’m everything you need” act and she can relax by enjoying a drink or two. If she’s a foodie, you’d have to take her to either the latest, or simply one of the greatest, eateries to score points.
Instead of abusing your Visa card for food that comes in little towers, if you give it a bit of thought, a picnic or a dinner cooked at home can trump the restaurant any day of the week. Alternatively, combine the two and have a picnic at home! Not only are you impressing her by making the effort of cooking (or making snacks for the picnic), but the entire concept is intimate and romantic. You’re a guy who can plan ahead, and that makes you a good prospect. She can invest in a romantic man, and you have the loot to show for it.
Chat isn’t forced if you’re busy cooking, or if you’re admiring a picnic’s view. Plus, every goody you whip out of the picnic basket can feel like a present. And we know who likes those.
Sub the Hit Musical for the comedy club
If she’s the artsy type who likes going to shows, that’s your cue to foot the bill for one. Even if the show isn’t great, you get to share your opinions as to why it was a dud afterward. Typically, the biggest thing to hit town is the most impressive. Generally, these West End-style big shows come with an even bigger tab. To the cheap-date rescue: the comedy club!
Credit crunch dating can mean fresh air and good times for both of you …