We therefore turned to a panel of experts for advice on money, examining the characteristics of a prospective city to call home and drawing singles to those areas.
A large financial investment into the first date may get a second, but when it comes to determining long-term compatibility, simply having coffee or going for a walk is likely to be as, or more effective than a fancy dinner.
If your goal is to get to know someone and you're on a budget, prioritize dates that allow for conversation, rather than dates that have steep price tags but limited chance for meaningful self-disclosure.
By opting for contexts that allow for easy conversation (e.g., going for a walk in the park, meeting for coffee), you're giving yourself an opportunity to get to know your date, rather than spending money on a date that limits conversation (e.g., for a movie).
Walks on the beach (or in the park) make for a great first date and provide opportunities for unscripted interactions and conversations.
On our second date, my wife and I went to a bookstore and browsed together while having coffee, which naturally brought up shared interests and opportunities for conversation.