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Cyber Dating Tips in a Recession

With the economy on shaky ground and the multiple aftershocks of banks disappearing on a weekly basis, how does one manage to court, date, and look their best in the cyber-dating world? With love being recession-proof, one needs to be creative when getting ready for an online date.?

Holiday Makeover: Paul Mitchell School
Holiday Makeover: Paul Mitchell School

Just this past weekend, I wanted to look my best for a date and was fortunate that I could attend the ?Holiday Makeover? event held at the Paul Mitchell School in the Los Angeles Area, hosted by An Empowered Woman, a woman?s networking group that I belong to.??

Going to a beauty school for haircuts, makeovers, and grooming treatments is a terrific way of looking your best on a budget. I arrived at the school wearing a stunning purple cashmere Diane von Furstenberg wrap dress that I acquired at her new outlet store in Cabazon, California. With 40% off retail and an additional 10% of coupon from my AAA card, I was wearing the color of the season and no one knew it was practically free.

My makeup was done by a team from Arbonne, and I had my hair styled by a student at the Paul Mitchell School. Going to a local beauty school for grooming treatments is a smart thing to do in a troubled economy. At the salon I went to the charge for a haircut is only $12 and a color treatment costs $35. And the best part is, they take appointments.

My date arrived with one single rose. A man should know that just one rose will make a lasting impression and has the same impact as the entire dozen to a woman, and of course costs only 1/12th of the price. These days you can stop by a local supermarket and pick out a rose of your choice on your way to a date.

If you are a theater buff, make sure you are on the email list for the ? price ticket offers that are available in most cities. With less people buying theater tickets these days, there is an overflow of discounted tickets available. I recently saw the musical Wicked at 40% off the regular price of the tickets.

Remember, love is recession proof. A woman can look sophisticated and fashionable, and a man can still be a hero when you are being both creative and practical. For more tips on getting ready for a date, check back with us frequently at

Julie Spira is an author and cyber-dating expert. If you like this article, you have permission to reprint or repost it in its entirety with the bio and link intact.

Julie Spira is America's Top Online Dating Expert. She's an award-winning dating coach who's been helping singles find love online for 25+ years. Follow @JulieSpira on IG.

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