Paying on the first date sets a precedent—you’ll be paying more often, especially when you’re gay.” Unlike the straight men we talked to, Kurt wants his actions noticed.
“Perhaps it is because I am from the South, but if someone doesn’t thank me for paying, it’s an almost immediate deal breaker,” he divulged.
My wallet would prefer we split the bill, but I genuinely enjoy treating someone I’m interested in to a few drinks.” Jared, a 30-something member of their financial friend group, estimated he spent up to ,000 on dating last year.
He estimates he went on approximately 75 to 100 first dates in 2015, only going on about 20 second dates and 10 third dates (spending upwards of $10,000).
He always pays on first dates, but will accept splitting the check with a female companion on date five, when he considers them to be in a relationship.
His “simple” trick is excusing himself to the restroom and paying while out of sight.
“Then you can leave without hassling over the bill,” he said, going on to explain his “fancier” technique, which he describes as “a bit more flashy.”“For a while last year, I had a favorite bar where I would take all my first dates.
Ryan, another 20-something portfolio manager estimated he went on a date every other week, adding up to about $5,000 in total last year.