Alright fellas, we all know that when it comes to taking a woman out on a date, it can get expensive. And realistically, most of us won’t think twice about emptying our pockets if there’s even the slightest chance that she’ll let us take her home at the end of night. A fancy dinner, dessert, dancing, drinks—by the end of the night, you might be asking yourself if it was really worth it.
Save yourself the trouble, because you don’t need to dish out big bucks to impress on a date. I’m going to lay it all out for you—how to impress a girl on a date without spending more than $20. The key is to plan it from beginning to end; you can’t just go with the flow, because she might catch you off guard and leave you scrambling for a quick (and expensive) fix.
Before the Date
Before you ask her out on a date, come up with your game plan. I recommend a picnic if the weather is nice. Go to the dollar store and buy two plastic wine glasses, which will probably cost you about $3 after tax.
Next, you’ll need the wine. Even if she’s a regular wine drinker, chances are she probably won’t be able to tell the difference between an expensive bottle of wine and a cheap one, so you shouldn’t need to spend more than $10.
So you now have glasses and a bottle of wine with $7 to spare. You now have two options—you can either keep that $7 you have left or you can use it to buy some cheap cold cuts to make sandwiches. If it was up to me, I would spend a couple dollars on some chocolate, but save the rest, and I’ll tell you why a little later. If you do the same, you’ll be left with about $5.
The next thing you want to do is find a beach or a lake, preferably one that has open areas or trails where you can do a little bit of walking and talking—a great way to “get to know each other better.” Once you have found the spot you want to go to, make sure you bring a blanket of some sort, just to show her that you’re courteous and planning ahead so that she doesn’t have to worry about dirtying her clothes.
Once you’ve got the location nailed down, the last thing is to figure out the time you want to go out. If you choose an early time, there’s a better chance that the date will end early and you’re left with a large gap that could lead to her saying, “Let’s go grab a drink at the bar.” But that means more money you don’t want to spend. The ideal time for me would be just before sunset or around 9:00 p.m. if it’s a nice night, which will give you a couple hours to show her a good time.
Picking Her Up
This is where you have to sell your idea to her. “No” is not really an option at this point, because then you’re screwed. The trick is to pitch as you being more interested in getting to know everything about her and that you want to build a strong rapport before taking the next step—what better way than to sit down and just talk. Most girls will eat that up and will be extremely impressed that you’re not like all the other guys who just throw money out on a date in hopes of getting laid.
Park about a five to 10-minute walk from the spot you chose and tell her, “The weather is so beautiful out tonight. Why don’t we go for a walk and enjoy some of the scenery?” She will be so impressed she won’t say no. If she asks what’s in the bag you’re carrying (your wine and glasses), just tell her it’s a surprise and reassure her that she’s in good hands.
Once you get to your spot, take a seat, and say, “You know what would make this night perfect? A blanket and some wine under these beautiful stars.” She’ll more than likely agree, which is when you tell her what’s in the bag—pure romance! She might actually tackle you right then and there.
So you make your way through the bottle of wine while exchanging stories and laughs, but before calling it a night, take her for another romantic stroll. Casually brush your hand against her and next thing you know you’ll be holding hands, or better yet, if she gets chilly you can wrap your arms around her to keep her warm. You’ve basically spent the whole night connecting with her on an emotional level and making her feel comfortable with you, so now’s a good time to initiate some physical contact.
The Drop Off
So you finally arrive at her house and have an exchange about what a great night you both had.
Do not kiss her in the car; insist you want to walk her to the front door. Make a joke about how there are a lot of crazy people out there and you just want her to be safe.
Once you reach the front door, one of two things can happen: she will kiss you good night and tell you she’ll call you (or vice versa), or she will ask you to come inside. Remember that $5 you had left over? If you were smart, you would have used it to toward buying a couple condoms to stash in your wallet, just in case you find yourself facing option number two.
There you have it—a cheap date idea that can work miracles for you. Simple planning and the right choice of words will have her melting in your hand and easily leaves room for you to top that date by actually spending money on the next one. Who said that you need to spend wads of cash to impress a girl? All you need is confidence and a crisp $20 bill.