When in doubt, go to happy hour
If you don’t want to remain homebound, meeting a woman for after-work drinks is a safe and cheap bet. Most bars offer happy hour specials, allowing you to pick up the tab and appear at least modestly well-off. Plus, suggesting a date before the sun sets says you actually like this person, and you’re not just looking for a booty call.
Get a sugar mama
As Drake says, YOLO. If you’re thinking of being a well-kept fuckboy, dependent on the whims of a rich widow/divorcee, that’s your Zuul-given right -- and something you might want to consider until you get back on your feet again. Crank up the end zone of your Tinder to 50, and prepare yourself to be wined and dined by cougars who are not only DTF, but who will also foot the bill.
Remember: just because you’re not feeling like a baller -- because, well, you aren’t one -- doesn’t mean that you can’t date. I get that if you’re feeling shitty about your financial status, a drop in self-confidence will affect your dating life. But still! Don’t be afraid to go out there, meet new people, and have some fun. Yes, some people will reject you based on your income (or lack thereof). But who needs people like that? The key is to remember there isn’t anything to be ashamed of, and that your bank account doesn’t define you. Besides, chances are your latest Tinder date is also rolling in more debt than dough. Thank you, economy!