Today’s post goes out to all the single guys and couples out there. My single female readers are welcome to read along today, but while this post is ABOUT you, it is not FOR you.

Dating is hard. There are two things that make dating difficult.

First, you have to find something that’s actually fun. You’re not going to impress a girl with your creativity and spontaneity if your first date is dinner and a movie. And for couples out there, it’s nice to spice it up every now and then and try something new. The same restaurant over and over and over and over and over again is getting old.

The second thing that makes dating so hard is that it can be so expensive. Not only do you have to pay for all the activities you want to do, but you might have to hire a babysitter if you have kids. If you don’t find ways to save money on your dates, you’re not going to go out very often.

I have two solutions.

Use Daily Deals for Dates

Remember the two dating problems: it’s hard to think of something new and it’s expensive. Daily Deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial solve both of those issues.

My options for Dallas groupons right now include an Archery Academy, a Piano Bar, Sailing Lessons, and Laser Hair Removal. Any one of those would make a fantastic date, and I bet you wouldn’t have thought of those by yourself. Personally I never would have thought of those things.

And of course the prices are usually 50% off or more. I honestly don’t know how much I would enjoy archery or getting hair removed via laser while lovingly holding Tag’s hand, and I probably wouldn’t want to pay full price for those activities. But offer them for half price and I’m in!

Laser Hair Removal

Create Your Own Babysitter’s Club

This second option only works for people with kids (and I’m not one of those people, so I’m guessing here), but hear me out on this one.

Find a few other couples with kids about the same age. Let’s say you can find three other couples for a group of four. Every Friday night one of the couples takes all four sets of children while the other three couples go out and have a great time.

This way you never have to pay for a babysitter, and in exchange you just have to watch a bunch of kids once a month. And that’s not even the best part.

When it’s your turn to watch the kids, you can make the kids play really fun games like “Who Can Vacuum My Bedroom the Fastest?” or “Laundry Folding Races”. Turn any household chore into a “game” and kids will be begging to play more and more. Did I mention that I don’t have kids and know nothing about what they do?

Okay, okay, so your one night a month is gonna suck. But the other three nights will be worth it.

Readers: How do you save money on dates? Are you a member of a babysitter’s club? Do your kids play household chore games?