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Do It For Less: The First Date


Seven ways to impress for less.

A first date is a shot in the dark, so relax. If you overdo it, you'll appear desperate, needy and less than competent - all killers when a woman is assessing you as a prospect.

But if you go too far downscale on a first date, you'll snuff your chances as surely as if you'd showed up with a dozen long-stemmed red roses, an expensive bottle of champagne and a wretched sonnet of your own composition.

Why is this man-woman stuff so complicated? A first date is, as they say on Wall Street, a question of properly allocating your resources. Keep it simple. Be open and upfront. No expectations – a first date is just a chance to say, "Hi, how are you?" Ask about interests. Talk about topics other than work. Then do something unusual for those with a "Y" chromosome: think!

If there's no spark, you won't have to hock your stereo to pay the rent. Following these seven tips for an inexpensive date will keep you from being branded a cheapskate - and may set the stage for something lasting.

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