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The Cost of Dating

Dollar Signs Are the Newest Dating Deterrent

Fear of rejection, anxiety, awkward conversation — these are some of the most common deterrents that keep us from dating. But, in the midst of the economic slump, there's another big one, and could be affecting the guys who might otherwise ask you out. In this economy, it's the cost of dating that can be the biggest obstacle to asking a girl out.

While most would argue that there are far more important qualities for a potential partner than how much they make, a small salary and a tight budget can bruise the male ego — or anyone's ego for that matter. While I know some women who expect to be wined and dined, there are plenty of us who would be happy to split the bill, or even pick up the check altogether, besides there are tons of ways to save on date activities and dining out. So, would it make a difference to you if the guy you dated made less or if you had to pick up the check? Or when you first start dating someone do the romantic dinners and expensive evenings out really impress?

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pink-elephant pink-elephant 7 years
I don't think a guy's income, when it came to a nice date, was a real problem for me. A good date doesn't have to be expensive to be fun! A picnic in the park, for example, is a wonderful place for a first date and you don't necessarily end up breaking the bank by doing so. I think you miss out on the chance to do something wonderful, original and fun if you only ever settle for those wine and dine deals.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
i don't feel like i need big expensive dates to impress me a good personality, and a fun and exciting date is way more impress-worthy...going to do something fun which could also be cheap or free would be just fine in my books of course, i wouldn't want to always pick up the tab and wouldn't want to date a perpetually broke guy, and would eventually love to take a weekend getaway, but for the first few dates, free is okay!
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