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    Finances and Dating: First Date(s) Expenses?

    by  • March 7, 2007 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Personal finances bloggers loooove to say that having a significant other doesn’t have to be expensive. I’d argue that maintaining a relationship doesn’t cost a lot of money, but getting a relationship to that stage can be pretty costly.

    Her and I met in college, a time when we were both not making much money. Our first date was in a coffee shop on campus, where we sat and talked for a few hours. I’d say that the total cost of the date was under $10.

    I sometimes wonder how different this would be if we met after college, in a big city like Chicago. I know I would definitely have asked her out, but where would I take her for our first date? Dinner at Charlie Trotters, followed by a concert with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (ironically enough, we haven’t done either things yet since we’ve lived in Chicago)? A date like that could easily run $300.

    While I can imagine that many of you are already giving me your disapproving bunnies look, I’d say that dates like the one described aren’t that uncommon, especially in Chicago. Friends of mine have often lamented about the fact that dating can be so expensive. Personal grooming (as I have pointed out), dinner, and entertainment all can take their toll on your wallet.

    Here’s a few questions for you, dear readers:

    What was your most expensive first date? Or any date? Why did (or didn’t) you spend that much?

    For the date-ees: Were you ever taken on expensive dates? How did you feel about that?

    Finances and Dating: Coupons

    by  • October 24, 2006 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Since we’re engaged, I will never be able experience dating as an adult in a big city. Many bloggers talk about the financial dynamic that they have between them and a long-term significant other. But what about the bloggers who are looking for love?

    A few weeks ago I ran into a guy I knew in college on my way to work. There weren’t that many things that I remembered about him, but one stuck out. He wasn’t exactly smooth around the ladies, so naturally he was teased about going out on a date with a girl. On top of that, he announced that he was taking her to Steak and Shake – and had a coupon! Now I’m sure he didn’t invest the saved money, but rather spent it on beer later that night.

    Her and I use coupons for restaurants all the time, but we’ve been together for a long time. It is one of the ways that we can justify eating out once in a while at some of the more expensive restaurants in Chicago.

    You’re on a first date. Do you use a coupon? What do you think about the person who uses a coupon?