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  1. staceyhebditch89 says

    I am not materialistic in the slightest, and actually feel quite uncomfortable with money being spent on me all the time, I prefer to pay my fair share and divide things equally in a relationship (assuming that is the goal of a date). It’s a team, right, so presuming things go well, in the future if he couldn’t pay for something I’d step in and hopefully they’d do the same the other way around and we wouldn’t take each other for granted. Having said that, on a first date, I do expect a guy to pay, as I see this as a clear show of good values and intentions, and also as an investment that they have faith in where it could go. I would be more than happy to pay for drinks after and the whole date the second time around. There’s just something about that initial gesture which carries a lot of weight. I’ve been on first dates where the guy has taken too long to reach for the bill or asked to split, and in this scenario, I took the bill and paid the whole thing myself. I also was cursing in my head knowing that I would not be committing to a second date. That’s because it’s not about the money, it’s about the intentions. And if a guy can’t value me enough to pay for a first date, then he’s not going to be a part of my future. I’d appreciate that leap of faith. I also wouldn’t be offended if at the end of a meal, a guy honestly said, look you’re really cool, but I don’t intend to take this any further, do you mind if we keep it friendly and just split.

    Having said that, I can understand from a guy’s perspective (it’s easy with online dating to become a regular dater, even if that wasn’t your intention) to get frustrated with always having to make an investment not knowing if it’s going to be worth it or go anywhere.

    I think women can have too high expectations and should have more empathy for the guy and appreciate it if he does decide to pay. In my mind, a gesture of appreciation goes a long way (ie. drinks after or a girl maybe maybe making it clear she’d be open to a second date so they don’t have to guess?)

    Conclusion: stick to coffee or some sort of simple date until you know you WANT to spend the money! I’ve had coffee dates before where the guy didn’t offer to buy coffee and I have to say, I felt offended.

    I do actually find chivalry really attractive. It’s not the same as a guy saying I can’t do something because I’m a woman, it’s a guy being unselfish and showing he’s willing to go out of his way to put me first.

  2. Paula Loreti says

    As always, I love the topics of your posts! I personally am a little old fashion and I like that a guy spend some money on the first date. It doesn’t have to be fancy, its just the gesture that means a lot to me 🙂

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Paula! The gesture is really nice. I’m a little old fashioned as well and love the simple things, like a guy holding a door open.

  3. stickysituation says

    This is SUCH a great discussion topic. I think that in my friend group alone, there would be a lot of different opinions on this (I’m actually extremely curious to bring this up now).

    Personally, I always offer to split and I never assume that he is going to pay. If he insists however, then I won’t refuse either However, if there is a second date, I will try to equal it out and treat him a little too. It’s all about a healthy balance for me I think.

    Around two years ago, I went on a first date with someone and he splurged. We went to a fancy restaurant where a starter was around 35€ upwards and he ended up paying so much! I felt so bad. Especially because I couldn’t even offer to split because he (sneakily) paid while I went to the ladies room. We briefly talked about it afterwards and he said he didn’t mind because (as a gourmet chef himself) he appreciates good food and he had been wanting to try that restaurant for ages. It made me feel a little better, knowing that he knew he didn’t HAVE to spend so much money on me. xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you Fiona. I always offer to split the bill as well, but I can often tell during a date whether a man will pay or not. Like this one time at a restaurant, a guy confidently took the wine list and said I’m going to order this (after asking if I prefer white or red). Then asked if I wanted sides. His whole confidence over the menu just gave me a clue that he would turn down my offer to pay halves.

      I think that’s the thing sometimes – a guy (or girl) may want to do something that works better when on a date. Even going to an event or seeing a play, and so some people are more than happy to pay in order to do the activity they want. In your case the fancy restaurant. I can imagine the food must have been amazing for a gourmet chef to visit. xx

  4. crystalsandcurls says

    Great post as always! I personally dont mind if I guy pays on the first date (I always offer to split it or do rounds though) but I prefer to split costs tbh xx

    • LauraJ says

      Thank you! I offer to split as well just as a standard thing – even if a guy does say he wants to pay, it seems a rude gesture to not ask. xx