Many of us are nervous
over dating, particularly if we have not done it much in the past. Not only is
it important for us to consider how we are acting while we are out on a date,
we also want to make sure that the surrounding environment is setup properly.
That is why it can be quite overwhelming if you are on a tight budget, yet you
want to impress your significant other with a night out on the town. Here are a
few cheap ideas that can help you to have a great evening without breaking the
One of the first
things that needs to be considered is the type of day that is going to be
enjoyed. If you are going out on a first or second date, it is likely that you
are going to go out and have a meal at a restaurant. It is possible for you to
choose from among the best restaurants in San Francisco without going over your
budget. That can be done by using one of the specials that may be available or
perhaps a coupon for the area. You may find that you are saving quite a bit of
money in the process.
restaurants are going to offer specials from time to time but they are not
going to make it public knowledge at all times. They don’t want to tarnish
their reputation as being a high-end restaurant by cheapening it in any way.
That being said, they also want to attract new individuals who will use their
restaurant time and again. They may offer coupons to a select group of people
and if you have access to those coupons, you can enjoy those high-end
restaurants at a discount.
If you have been
dating for quite some time, perhaps you would enjoy a night on the town that
was a bit more intimate. Enjoying a couple’s massage is something that is
always going to be memorable. Many married couples enjoy having a massage but
it can be quite expensive, if you don’t use massage coupons. The same places
where you can find information about discounts on the better restaurants in
your area may also have coupons available so that you can get a massage on a
budget. It is a great way for the two of you to enjoy an evening together or it
can be a start to an even better evening.
One thing that you
will want to keep in mind if you are dating on a budget is the fact that it
does not need to be announced at all times. Just because you are saving money
using a coupon or special in your area does not mean that your significant
other needs to know that you are saving money. Make the arrangements ahead of
time so that you can save money and you don’t have to pull the coupon out in
advance in front of your date. That can help …
I was writing this
article on my laptop when my nine-year old came into the room and asked what I
was working on. I barely looked up and grumpily muttered that I was writing an
article on finding Financial Peace. He happily responded “Great Dad I want
some Financial Pizza too!” I immediately realized that now, like so many
times in my life, I was distracting myself from the very thing I was seeking.
To honor the wisdom of my son and all the pint-sized geniuses that bless our
world each day this article is published as Financial Pizza.
I was fully ready to
educate you on the wisdom of making more, spending less and wisely investing
for cash flow so you could reach some magical number that allowed you to sit on
the beach, drink Margarita’s, never again worry about money and fully explore
and share financial peace with the important people in your life. “You
just have to be in it for the long haul,” “Nose to the
grindstone,” “stay the course,” and “save for a rainy
day”. That’s all a load of crap. If you do not have financial peace today
regardless of your income, assets and social status, there is no amount or
secret formula that will help you!
It is simply
impossible to find outside of ourselves anything that does not already exist on
the inside. My life has been an endless quest for more; more money, more power,
more love all while desperately hoping to finally experience peace by reaching
the mysterious goal of enough. I have finally realized enough and more cannot
coexist no matter how many people buy into and share the delusion.
Shortly after the
Pizza discussion my wife and I were babysitting our 5 month old grand-daughter.
She is our first and only grandchild and lights up the room with her presence.
I sat gently rocking her and giving her the last bottle before bedtime. As I
looked into her eyes and watched as she drifted off to sleep I could feel her
peace and contentment. How long till she took her place on the treadmill of
life and started framing her happiness in terms of “when”, “if
only” and “someday”. When did I officially decide financial
peace was a destination with a ticket that could only be paid for in cash? When
I know you are
probably thinking this whole conversation is well and good for people with lots
of money but you have bills to pay, kids to care for, and the local economy is
a real mess. Someday when you get caught up, the kids are a little older, save
a few bucks or have a little extra time to think about this financial peace
stuff… Sound familiar? Yeah, me too, we can’t get back those anxious moments
spent in fear, doubt and worry. Fear, doubt or worry cannot exist in the
present and serve as a warning we are focusing our attention …