Maybe you’ve held on to your job during this economic downturn, maybe you’ve had to dip into your 401k or maybe you’ve even had to move back in with your parents as you try to save money. It doesn’t matter how the recession has affected you, if you’re single and dating then you’re not going to stop going out no matter how hard your wallet’s been hit. Whether you’re dating for the fun of it or seriously looking for someone to share the rest of your life with, the type of dates you’re now going out on have to change because of the country’s financial mess.

In the long run, a JDate membership isn’t expensive and is worth keeping. Think about how many drinks you’d have to buy at a bar in one month for yourself, your friends who you dragged out with you and the girls you’re hitting on. JDate is definitely cheaper than all that fuss. Instead, save your money for an actual date with a great girl/guy you met on JDate.

Other tips:
-find less expensive but tasty hole-in-the-wall restaurants instead of the newest, trendiest, fanciest place
-split an appetizer and a dessert, it’s romantic
-women should offer to go dutch and be prepared to actually pay up although it’s nice for the man to say no
-plan a daytime date with a picnic on the beach or a hike in the mountains
-after a few dates out, offer to cook and stay in for the night

Since this recession doesn’t seem to be ending anytime in the near future we all need to make lifestyle changes. It’s not gonna be fun, but in the end you’ll feel rewarded. Not only will you have saved money, but you’ll have landed a significant other who appreciates your responsible ways. It’s a win-win.