Got Budget Cuts? Even in your love life?
And even your Love Life?
Belt buckles are being tightened. And are those belts snug. Ow!
Did you have a New Year’s resolution to spend less, cutback on the frivolous and adhere to a budget? Join the club. What’s the first thing to go under the knife? Online dating companies are feeling the pinch and the cuts. As singles buckle down and tighten their collective belts, they are looking for love in all the cheap places.
Free online dating sites like Craigslist and OkCupid are thriving.
If you’ve lost your job or have been down-and-outsized, how does your social life survive on a budget? Usually, the first things to go are the extraneous expenses: shoe shines, haircuts, movies, manicures, movies and massages. As you scan your credit card bill, that glaring online dating site charge stares you down. Bring out the hatchet?
Free Dating Sites
Word on the street is that people are abandoning expensive online dating sites and saving $30-$60 each month. You do the math.
The free sites (OKCupid, Plenty of Fish, Craigslist, etc) are more popular than ever and people are getting more creative.
It’s high time to get out of high water
Eddie, the bon vivant, got into real high water when he frequented pricey SF restaurants Aqua, Waterbar, and Flour and Water.
When his job got downsized, his wallet flattened. He decided to change his monetary modus operandi. An innovative guy, he has taken Twenty-12 to a whole new level. His goal is to find 20 Marin restaurants where dinner is $12 (beverages, extra)
With tons of restaurants – in San Rafael alone – he has myriad choices, and his work is cut out for him
Michael – aka Prince Dates a Lot, wrote that he is now on a Big Dating Budget. He canceled his account at Match.com and stopped dabbling in “themed dating and dining groups.”
Disenchanted, he calls them Table For Too Much and It’s a Whole Lot More than a Free Lunch. Michael is spearheading a potluck dinner movement in his apartment complex called, Dinner for 8 at Six. He also cut the cord with Cable-TV. Good-bye HBO, Showtime and Bravo. Hello PBS. His sole source for movies is the public library and he’s big on You Tube,Hulu.com.
It could be worse. Money can’t buy you love?
For some, the heydays of dining at Le Garage, Aqua, Grand Cafe, and La Folie are on hold. Seeking out intimate and inexpensive cafes is now more cost effective and alluring.
The concept of ‘Dutch Treat’ and single payer dates takes a little getting used to for some.
Ben Franklin was right on about the penny saved concept. The art is not making money, but keeping it for a rainy day. Get your umbrella ready.