Date Like A Gentlemen On A Budget

Money can be tight, especially for Millennials. With student loans to pay and a tough job market, it's hard to find the money to do the things you want to do. That's especially true when it comes to dating. Of course, Millennials don't buy into the idea that love has to be expensive. Even traditional pillars of romance, like diamond rings, are on the decline in this generation. Still, you want to make that special girl in your life feel like a princess. You just want to do it without breaking the bank.

Movie tickets are expensive and don't give you a chance to get to know each other. Five-star restaurants? Out of the question. On the other hand, if you take her out for fast food on the first date, she's going to think you're cheap and don't really care. So how can you treat a date to a good time without spending all of your money, but still seem like a gentleman? Try these inexpensive date ideas that won't make you look cheap.

Go for a walking coffee date.

Coffee can be expensive, but it's definitely within the price range for a date.

Grabbing a cup to go and then walking around town meets two goals for a first date: it's cheap for you, and it gets you and your date talking.

Let her order what she wants, but you can stay in your budget by just ordering a plain coffee with cream and sugar. It'll only cost you a few bucks.

If she doesn't drink coffee, suggest tea or something similar. The key here is to avoid alcohol, which can be expensive and isn't a very gentlemanly way to start a relationship.

Going for a walk while you sip on your drinks will give you a chance to talk without having to sit at a crowded table. It can also spark some interesting conversation as you talk about your favorite places in the city. This will help you come up with ideas for your next date.

Grab a quick lunch together.

You probably have a cheap place to grab food that most people don't know about. There's just something about these little-known restaurants that makes their food so great.

You know the type--the hole-in-the-wall diners that serve the best French toast or the tiny cafes with $5 pad Thai. These are fun places for a short date that you know won't empty your wallet.

If you don't know where to look, ask your friends. They probably know the cheapest place to find authentic tacos or pizza by the slice.

Tell your date you want to meet her at your secret lunch spot while she's on break at work. You'll both have a chance to escape your bosses, and she'll feel special that you've let her in on a well-kept secret.

Have a picnic in the park.

There's nothing more gentlemanly than old-fashioned courtship. Take a page from a 1950s guide to dating and treat your date to a picnic in the park.

A picnic beats a restaurant lunch date because it's more thoughtful and easier on your wallet. It also takes some planning but doesn't seem like you were overthinking.

Pack a simple lunch with some of her favorite foods and maybe even a bottle of wine (or beer, if she likes it better.) She'll love your attention to detail and know you were thinking of her.

Sit back on a nice blanket in the park and spend the afternoon with just her. There won't be anyone to interrupt or overhear you, so you can get to know her better.

This date is just as romantic as a candlelit dinner. She'll be talking about it for weeks.

There are so many ways to impress a date without draining your savings. Be creative--she'll appreciate that you thought to do more than a generic dinner and a movie.

Dating like a gentleman doesn't mean throwing your money around. It's about putting thought into spending time with your date. She wants to feel like you really care about her, not that you're trying to buy her affection. If it doesn't work out, it won't be for lack of trying.

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