I've joked that part of the reason I keep dating is because I'm often short on grocery money, so the free meals are helpful. It's only half a joke. Usually, a guy will pay for the first date, so dating is actually a very good way to save money.
But, I can't realistically expect that a guy will always pay. My rule is whenever I go on a date, I'm prepared to pay - so that really means dating has to fall within my budget, and if he does pay, I've saved some money.
So that begs the question - are coupons appropriate for dating?
My friend sent me this article from an interesting blog in which the author is seeking financial independence. That's a fabulous goal; one I'll have to table for later in life, I think.
Anyway, the blogger asked her twitterverse what they thought about using coupons on a date. They didn't like it; the word tacky was mentioned more than once. People said a guy still "has to be a gentleman" and we all know what a lady will think if a guy slaps down a coupon on a date.
But what if it's the gal doing the paying? Would that make a difference? Or do some of you feel differently about a guy using a coupon?
I'm undecided myself. Part of me says no, it's tacky and he should save the coupon for another time. Another part of me says I really want the freedom to do it myself - and fair is fair.
Tell me what you think.