In a world that has been hit badly by bank failures and a deep recession, there is something to be said for finding ways to save money yet still infuse some joy into our lives!

The prospect of paying for a date to win the affection of that special girl can really take the excitement out of those first few hours together. If this is something that has been bothering you, then just remember that a good date doesn’t have to be a costly one! You could try taking that special girl for a picnic. A bottle of wine is much cheaper from a supermarket and some simple sandwiches and dishes prepared at home will be much cheaper because you put them together. Maybe even precede the event by doing some “window shopping” at her favorite stores, you don’t have to buy anything simply showing an interest and utilizing some great conversation can go a long way without damaging your bank balance.