Thrifty Ways To Date In This Economy

By:  LaToya Fletcher-Abram

      I know you are probably thinking the same thing I was a couple of minutes ago.  How can anyone be stressing about squeezing romantic dates into their budgets when bills seem to crowd your kitchen table, junk drawer, and closet space?  With the unemployment rate in 2010 being 9.8% and the 2011 results looking the same, it can seem depressing.  How can anyone think about how to wine and dine someone, when so many are without jobs?  Or, how can I wine and dine someone on a minimum wage salary?  It sounds impossible, but it can be done.  Dollar Movie anyone?  You can manage to have a great date for $10 or less with this thrifty idea.  All you need is $2.17 to get your movie tickets, make a quick stop by The Dollar Tree Store for refreshments, and put the rest in your gas tank or stash away for a rainy day and you’ve got a date.  This is one of many ideas that were collected from a survey posted by yours truly on Facebook.  I asked, and within 2 hours, I had 31 plus comments on thrifty ways to date in this economy.  I can’t name all 31, but here are some of my personal favorites that were suggested…

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