Trying to get out with inflation? Smart tips for spending more time together and less money

Dating in the age of inflation can be tough — but it’s still more than possible amid the higher costs of almost everything right now.

Dear Gopman appeared on “Fox and Friends Weekend” on Sunday mornings to share smart tips for spending time together, rather than spending a fortune.

“Yeah, dating these days has gotten a lot more expensive,” said Gopman, a dating and relationship adviser.

“But dating can still be so much fun.”

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“It’s time to get creative,” she added.

A young woman reserves you here a flowery surprise of a tryst. Spending time together doesn’t have to cost a fortune in the midst of today’s inflation. (iStock/iStock)

Among the smart tips she shared are some tried-and-true classics our parents and grandparents may have used years ago — and should be reconsidered today.

Her first piece of advice: bring your own drinks and have a romantic picnic together at sunset.

Bring your own drinks and have a romantic picnic together at sunset.

It can be “so much fun,” she shared – and can cost a fraction of what it would cost to go to a restaurant or bar.

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It’s not just romantic — it also allows you to “really start that conversation” with a partner, she said.

Another tip: “Be active and enjoy a bike ride together” — or a game of tennis, she said.

active couple riding a bike

An active couple is pictured with their bicycles near the beach. (iStock/iStock)

“It lets you show your active side” to your date or partner, she said, and “can also be a lot of fun.”

She said going to the gym together could also work – “and maybe have a smoothie afterwards.”

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Yet another tip for couples today: “Make your own meal together at home.

cooking an omelet in the kitchen

A man is shown cooking an omelet in the kitchen at home – or couples can make pizza together rather than spending money eating out. (iStock/iStock)

Ideas include making pizza together as a way to get to know each other – or any favorite dish to share.

Then, after the meal is over, a couple can listen to music or watch a movie together.

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It’s about being creative and thoughtful about things to do and ways to spend time together, Gopman suggested, rather than spending a fortune amid today’s higher prices.

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