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- February 9, 2007

How to date on a budget

Think EAT - eating, activity and talking

While the Beatles and others may have sung that the best things in life are free, dating can be expensive and especially tough on those with a tight budget.

"I believe a great date doesn't have to be expensive," says Lori Gorshow, a dating coach and owner of Dating Made Simple, a Colorado company that helps people build their social and dating skills.

Gorshow offers these helpful tips for dating when you only have limited funds:

Planning properly will help ensure that you won't spend too much money and that your date will be successful, so your companion will want to go out again.

"When planning a budget date think 'EAT' - Eating, Activity, and Talking," she says.

When it comes to eating, consider such low cost options as happy hours, dessert, picnics, lunch, brunch or cooking for your special someone.

For activities, focus on a common interest but check out free or cheap alternatives like free local concerts, two-for-one opportunities and outdoor activities like hiking or hobbies.

"Keep the talking on a date focused on the present," Gorshow stresses. "This is especially true for first dates and when a couple is just getting to know each other. Present-focused refers to talking about the activity the two just shared and can expand from there."

If all goes well, your budget dating might turn into a long-term relationship.

(SPM Wire)

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