Monday, April 18, 2011

The Real Cost of Dating

Besides your dignity and hope, that is. recently put together this survey on the "cost" of dating. Since it didn't resemble  a spreadsheet, I actually read it. My only question is, who are the 50% of women who are ok with a date paying with a coupon? And what about the 5% who are ok with a no financial cost date? (What the hell would you be doing?)

Do you agree or disagree with the findings? Will you be spending your tax return on an IRA? (Hello, sexy!)


Hines-Sight said...

I never really thought about this before, but now that I am married, am on a budget, etc....and see how much it when my husband and I go out (well, we had sitter....which is about $50 added to the cost--we never stay out late. We go early, don't have to put our kids to bed, and are home in 4 hours or less), it could really be expensive for a guy to have a lot of "first dates". We don't go to chains to eat nor do we always go to a fancy restaurnat with entrees about $29, but when we go out, our bill is about $80 with drinks and tip. We usually get an appetizer, entree, and skip dessert unless it is some southern goodness like a poundcake that I can't pass up. That can really add up.

I think maybe one should meet for coffee in person to see if there is even a remote chance of any attraction. I would have no desire to spend a date with someone I had no interest in, and I don't think I would want to pay for a date for someone that I didn't have any interest. Maybe me for coffee in the afternoon, a bite of pizza and drink. I don't know. I did had some drag dates when I first moved here. One time nellies....I just had no interest. Luckily, my husband lived next door so I met him. :)


The Preppy Vegan said...

Leigh, now that I babysit so much for families at school, I always think about how paying me adds to the cost of their evening. I guess most of the time, the parents are going to a party of some sort, which keeps the cost down. I hope I have an unlimited babysitter budget when I'm married with kids!

It's funny that you say to meet for coffee-I'm reading Patti Stanger's "Become Your Own Matchmaker" book and she is VERY against coffee on a first date, but she also works with millionares. I think it has a lot to do with where you are in life. In college, I think coffee was a great date because we were both broke and drank so much of the stuff anyways! Even now, if I date a guy around my age I'm ok with making dinner, etc. But if I were to go out with a guy in his 30s, I would expect to be taken out to dinner.

Alyssa @ Life of bLyss said...

agreed... take me out to a nice steak dinner. please and thank you.

PS.. I totally thought of you while getting ready to the Today show this morning. did you hear about the lady who's suing because her "match" assaulted her? hellooooo, blog content!

my take? she should've checked out his picture a little more thoroughly. I mean... this guy's mug screams "SP."

Hines-Sight said...

Trust me, I know what you mean. I was thinking more of a "meeting" so you are not so blind meeting for the first time. Like a pre-meeting to a date. I agree that a first date needs to be a dinner once you've met the person or if you've really connected for a while via e-mailing. I really hate I missed your post today.

And I agree you should follow the advice of that woman....find a millionaire. I apparently married for love. :) But, we always had great dates, and still do, but I have to be on a budget. Boo!

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