Have you ever sat down to review your finances and realized just how much money you were spending on things like buying coffee and going out to dinner? It’s scary how quickly those charges add up—especially now since what used to be a manageable $4 latte is now close to $7 in the bougie coffee shops we love to frequent. Rising prices are not only affecting our budgets and choices, but they are affecting all aspects of our lives, including dating.
According to a poll that Plenty of Fish conducted with its members, 43% of all singles are suggesting going on less expensive, budget-friendly dates due to inflation. And while we know that economic trends aren’t a sexy topic, infla-dating (going on less expensive dates due to inflation and the current economic environment) is changing the way that singles are dating, and we need to talk about how the heck to navigate the new scene.
So, we asked Plenty of Fish’s resident dating expert, Kate MacLean, to break down how you can make the most of your dating experience now that infla-dating has entered the chat.
Explore different places to meet people
I always used to say that I wanted to meet a guy the good old-fashioned way—like at a bar or a coffee shop—but since fewer people are spending their money at places like these, meet-cutes aren’t so easy to come by. The solution? Head out to affordable, or completely free places like parks, libraries, or community and volunteer events. Depending on the types of places you go to, you might be more likely to meet someone who is interested in the same things as you anyway. For example, you are less likely to meet someone in the wild who enjoys volunteering at animal shelters than you would be if you met someone while you were actually volunteering at an animal shelter too.
Suggest budget-friendly date ideas
“There are still so many options out there that can make dating fun and welcoming without breaking the bank,” says MacLean. Start to brainstorm free romantic date ideas now, so when it comes time to make plans with someone, you aren’t at a total loss for what to do or worried about how much money you have in your budget. Think about the things that you like to do on dates and come up with affordable alternatives. Do you enjoy going to concerts? Look for free live music events near you instead. Enjoy going out …….