Odds of meeting a match are greater in areas more highly populated by single people.
If you’re an outdoorsy person, your chances of meeting other outdoorsy people are greater in cities well-recognized for their outdoor-orientation (e.g., Boulder; Portland, Oregon), which might attract similar, like-minded people.
Likewise, some cities are noted for having a relatively larger percentage of single people.
In addition to being relatively low-cost, these types of dates also have the added advantage of being easy to end naturally and without the, potentially awkward, requirement of waiting for a check.
Alternatively, if you “click,” you can easily extend the date by finding an easy option for a meal or other activity.
If we are looking at financial advice specifically related to dating, assuming you are looking for a long-term partner, it is important to remember that the goal of dating is to get to know the other person.
A large financial investment into the first date may get a second, but when it comes to determining long-term compatibility, simply having coffee or going for a walk is likely to be as, or more effective than a fancy dinner.
“You ought to have a wife, Calvin,” Martin had said more than once.
Philip Melanchthon once noted that John Calvin seemed uncharacteristically silent and absent-minded at the end of a day-long conference.
“Well, well,” said Melanchthon, “it seems to me our theologue is thinking about a future spouse.” By this time, Melanchthon had been married for nineteen years, and his marriage was also a happy one. Melanchthon, who had a rollicking sense of humor, took good care of Philip in every way.
His only complaint, which he undoubtedly relayed to John Calvin, was “She always thinks that I am dying of hunger unless I am stuffed like a sausage.” Calvin, too, realized that he needed somebody to take care of him.
If your goal is to get to know someone and you're on a budget, prioritize dates that allow for conversation, rather than dates that have steep price tags but limited chance for meaningful self-disclosure.