How To Date When You’re A Broke Millennial

By Christen A. Johnson
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) You can find love on a budget! One relationship expert suggests try being a tourist in your town. Fran Greene says, “There are places in your city you haven’t taken advantage of because you live there,” she said. “It can become such an adventure. If you live in the suburbs, go on a city bus and explore, or check out museums on the free days.”

Chicago Tribune

Editor’s note: Meet. Assess attraction. Court her. (Or him. Or them.) Confess feelings. Discuss monogamy. Marry, maybe. Make babies, if you want.

In many ways, the mechanics of dating are universal, regardless of whether you’re black, white, brown or “a colorless person,” as Raven-Symone famously described herself to Oprah in a 2014 interview.

Still, race can color dating experiences in minute and major ways. Many say there are common, cultural threads, and we’re here to tease them out. Call it a labor of love.
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On the ever-growing list of “things millennials killed,” dating fell victim long ago.

And how could it not? Practices like “ghosting” and “cushioning” have made trying to find love a childlike game, leaving most millennials just wanting a timely text back, and a date that doesn’t involve Netflix and chilling.

For the millennials who don’t partake in the pettiness, is a real date even in the realm of possibility, meaning in the budget for this month?

After all, unless you’re among the one out of six millennials who have stacked up $100,000 in savings, according to a 2018 Bank of America report, chances are you fall in the “broke” category.

While many millennials (ages 18 to 34) find it hard to take “future bae” out for a nice dinner, black millennials, specifically, can find dating to be a hefty undertaking.

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