Money is such a loaded topic, and too often in my life, money has been attached to emotional strings.
So, on a first date, I always want to divide the bill, fair and square. That’s my way of avoiding any conflict about money, so I hope.
Yet, I’ve talked to some women who say, “Well, if we hit it off, I let him pay.”
And I’ve been with men who insist on paying — and, no, it’s not worth a first date argument to duke it out.
I was recently interviewed in article for MSNBC.com — “Amid slump, singles cut dating costs” — about the fact that the slump in the economy is sparking creative ideas for dates.
One 35-year-old man plans museum visits with a first date around “free” days at the museum. (I don’t blame him. Do you?)
More and more singles are “are turning down swanky restaurants for casual rendezvous or even homemade dinners.” Are you among them?
I told the reporter that instead of going out for fancy dinners, you might go bowling or rolling skating, or head to a free outdoor concert. (If you live in California!)
Until recently, I loved hiking on a date. (Not a first date for safety reasons, although a second date is fine.)
“Besides the chocolate, fruit and water she and her date split on their three-hour hike, the only other price she paid was getting poison oak.”
On a first date, who pays?
Do you discuss who’ll pay beforehand?
Do you find yourself suggesting “free” dates instead of fancy dinners and drinks?
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