You can thank the women’s liberation movement for the expectation that you must pay for your own share on a date, or you feel it keeps you from feeling obligated at the end of the date. You can still have fun and share great times with your special someone on a budget. You don’t have to break the bank for some great food and great times with a great person.
Whether you are just starting out or have been on the dating scene for a while, you know how pricey things can get for a night out on the town, or a romantic evening. The trick is to beat the system by coming up with creative yet fun ideas to spend quality time with your love interest. No matter how small your budget, or how limited you feel your choices are in your hometown, you won’t need a trust fund to enjoy your dates.
First thing is getting someone to take care of your children while you’re out. Instead of opting for a babysitter, consider a close friend or family member that might be willing to trade time instead of money. There’s also the option of having a night in and inviting someone over after you put the kids to bed – only if you know them well enough and have to qualms with sharing your address. A few snacks, some drinks and a great movie won’t cost you much.
You may also consider seeing an older film that has made its way to the dollar theater, or choosing an earlier time to enjoy matinee prices. This can slash your costs considerably and leave you a little extra for a new dress or handbag to show off to your date. Money is always tight as a single mom, but thrift shopping for a new outfit shouldn’t cost you much.
Life is full of stress; don’t complicate things when it comes to your personal life. Be open to going to museum openings and taking walks downtown. The goal is to connect with someone and build a relationship and spending a lot of money you may not have will not make the person more likable. Remember your priorities and don’t be so proud that you won’t allow your significant other to pick up the tab when they offer. Furthermore, be wise enough to make sure your fun times don’t infringe on other responsibilities that have – like bills, childcare costs and recreational time with your children.
If you are lucky enough to begin dating again, and find yourself willing to feel things you haven’t felt in a long while, don’t let money get in the way. There are always free activities for couples, and low cost events happening in the city. This also gives you an opportunity to learn more about the person you’re with and keeps your focus on what is most important.
As a single mother, it can be difficult to carve out some free time for yourself, but it is essential. If you are happy, your kids will be happy. This makes for a more peaceful environment in general. You’ll thank yourself as you invest in yourself and your happiness.