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“My date and I split the bill, but if they feel like paying, that’s okay,” says Callie Little, 28, of Seattle, Washington.
“I don’t expect to have my expenses paid for, and if it happens, it’s a lovely treat— and I’ll definitely do the same some other time, assuming there are more dates.
We live in a landscape where swipe right culture can potentially net several coffees, cocktails, dinners, or concerts each week.
Unless you have a surplus of disposable income, the cost of dating and mating can add up.
Some men say they should pay Some men feel that the first date sets a precedent for the relationship.
“I feel like it sets the expectation and feels like the right thing to do,” says Spencer Spellman, 35, of Los Angeles, California.
The thing is, there’s no clear-cut etiquette on who picks up the first date check.
“It should not be a matter of gender, or society’s constructed ideals of gender, but rather a matter of interest and practicality,” says Heather Ebert, 26, of Las Vegas, Nevada.
“This notion of men paying for a first date is antiquated and rooted in norms that will easily collapse under the analysis of a non-heterosexual relationship.
The age-old question of who pays on the first date stirs up a lot of conversation (and controversy).
Here are four ways to handle this early stage financial crossroad.