The last time I went on a date was in February 2014.
Soon after, I was swept off my feet by a new passion……
…. that of planning, saving and investing towards financial independence and early retirement!
It’s been nearly six months since I started this blog, got my plan in place, gotten used to saving and investing more, read tons of blogs, tweets and articles, learnt loads about finances (still learning) and become part of a friendly and helpful PF blogging community.
I feel now that I can ease off the gas a little, stop checking my portfolio obsessively, ignore the doom and gloom chatter about share prices crashing, let my monthly investments tick over and enjoy being a passive (mostly) investor!
Having gotten over the madness of two months of intense social activity over the summer, coupled with 7 members of my family visiting and staying with me for a while, things in my life are pretty much back to normal, or as normal as it can be!
Perhaps it’s time for me to get interested in dating again…and stop my friends from nagging at me!
But dating will be a little different now that I have financial goals.
For starters, I’ll have to change some of the questions that I normally ask when on a date, eg:
“Where do you like to go on your holidays?“
“What job do you do?“
“What kind of music are you into?“
“What’s your monthly savings rate?“
Ok, maybe I won’t slip that last question in on a first date, haha!
As with many people who date, I have a ‘type’ and my type has certain criteria, which I won’t bore you with. However, “Financial Criteria” will now be at (or near) the top of the criteria list whereas previously, I didn’t deem it so important.
So, choose the guy who hasn’t really been saving for the future or the guy who’s got a final salary pension and all his finances in order?
My head would now tell me to go for the second one, but what if the guy with no savings is incredibly cute and maybe he could change his saving ways….and anyway, how would I find out such information without appearing to be ‘money obsessed?
Also, how to be frugal on a date without coming across as cheap? I’m a modern woman who doesn’t believe that the guy should pay for everything…better to go dutch but I’d rather not be forking out for unnecessarily expensive food and drink!
Don’t worry, I won’t be making this a blog about my dating exploits – I do have some stories to tell but this isn’t the time or the place!
However, if there’s a financial story to be told relating to my dating experiences, or say I meet a handsome toy boy with an incredibly large portfolio
(calm down, Cerridwen
🙂 ) well, that’s probably of some relevance to this blog, no?
And if I should end up with a significant other at some point, I’ll have to give him a name for this blog.
I’m sure you’ll all agree that I shan’t be using “Mr Weenie” haha!
Anyway, I have a date lined up on Saturday – let’s see how that goes before I start getting too carried away! 😉
Have a great weekend all!
[Image from clker.com]