You’re a poor college student. Most of your finances are allocated to food, booze, and recreational drugs, which leaves limited funds for dating and other extracurricular activities. You fall into a deep depression each time you look at your checking account balance. You eventually start to prioritize the things you purchase. Towards the end of the semester most of your money goes towards cheap vodka and Ramen noodles. You can barely afford to sustain any type of lifestyle, so the thought of having to open up your bank account to take a respectable girl on a date is nauseating. If you’ve ever been in this situation, here are a few tips to turn you into a baller on a budget.

1. REVAMP DINNER AND A MOVIE

A lot of guys settle on the dinner and a movie spiel. It’s battle tested. It’s a safe bet. It’s incredibly boring and uninventive. Not to mention the dinner portion of the evening has the potential to be expensive. How about an adaptation of dinner and a movie?

You can invite her over to your apartment for dinner and a movie. You cook the dinner. She brings over the movie. This has the potential to be a great, yet inexpensive date. It provides a more private setting. You can impress her with your cooking skills (every guy should have a go-to dish they can cook). You can watch a movie in the comfort of your own space. She’ll appreciate the effort. And if you’re lucky she’ll show her appreciation at the end of the night.

2. SKIP THE DINNER

Girls like the sweet guy. What better way to make a good impression than bringing her to a desserterie? It has everything from premium coffee, frozen yogurt (low fat/ low calories), and every delectable treat she could ever imagine.

You get a lot of bang for your buck here. You make up an excuse to get you out of paying for dinner, but you make plans to meet up for dessert and maybe even drinks after. It sucks paying for overpriced cupcakes and pie, but it sure beats the hell out of paying for appetizers and entrees. You skip the dinner talk and cut straight to, arguably, the most inexpensive part of the meal, dessert. You have some cake, some coffee, some good conversation, and BOOM, you’re in and out without spending a ton of money.

3. BUY HER FLOWERS

You can never go wrong with flowers. What girl doesn’t like them? It doesn’t matter if you are genuinely an asshole. Flowers are a kind gesture that will make any guy seem like a keeper. Find a place where you can get a dozen roses for a decent price. You don’t have to empty out your wallet here. It’s the thought that counts. But make sure the flowers look presentable. Ask a girl friend for some suggestions if you have no clue what to pick out.

Have them delivered before the date if your budget permits. Otherwise, show up for your date with a bouquet of flowers and watch her heart melt. This almost guarantees some sort of play at the end of the night. If not, the seed has been planted. She’ll tell her friends, who will automatically endorse you, which is a key component when trying to bag a classy lady. At the end of the day it’s the little things that catapult you to the next level.

4. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF DRINK SPECIALS

This takes a bit of research and planning. Invite her out to a nearby bar that has awesome drink specials during the week, but don’t make it sound like you just want to pound cheap drinks until she gets drunk enough to hook up with you. The trick here is to sell her on the drink specials before getting to the bar. Hype them up like they’re the best thing since streaming porn. If you fail to do this she might end up ordering more expensive beverages that may or may not include top shelf liquor, and you definitely don’t want that. You want to pick up the $25 tab rather than the $45 tab at the end of the night. Remember, you get the most bang for your buck with the drink specials. Do not stray away from the game plan unless it’s absolutely necessary.

5. USE YOUR CHARM

Few things are more entertaining than people watching. Take your girl on a walk around the city, go to the park, or even a nearby Starbucks. If you can carry a good conversation, it doesn’t matter how much or little is in your wallet. Having the ability to make a girl laugh is priceless. If you can do this, you won’t have to spend a ton of money to get her to like you. Use your wit and charm to your advantage. If you’re in the city, show her around and take her to the museum or even an art gallery. You come off as a polished gentleman, who enjoys the finer things in life, when it only costs $5 to get in with a student discount. She’ll appreciate the effort, and you’ll be that much closer to taking her down. Being well dressed won’t hurt either. Check out some easy fashion advice from The Campus Socialite.

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