Originally Posted by MindfulAgony
This. Be honest about it and relax. You'll both have more energy to be creative on how you connect once you can do that.
I agree with Mindful; being open about your financial situation with your girlfriend is very important I think. Honestly, I think one of the most important things to figure out in any relationship is, what is it that your partner(s) need? Do they need financial support, or are they fine? If she, you, or both can't afford to be going out on dates too much, then as someone mentioned, perhaps it'd be best to go to each other's places instead, cook up a meal, something like that. If you think about pure economics and the relationship is serious enough, one thing that you might consider is all moving in together; accomodation expenses are generally cheaper that way. This, ofcourse, is seeing things purey from an economic perspective; it may not work well in many situations.