All it takes is a little scrounging.
It's a good idea to keep a stash of greenbacks handy.
Prices aren't the only factors to consider.
Dress warm, turn down the thermostat and watch your bill shrink.
Be sure to give your concoction a trial run before your big date.
It's easy to dine cheaply (but don't skimp on the tip).
One key to success: Maintain your sense of humor.
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