Dating is expensive

Many people my age are pretty solidly established in their careers.

They’ve progressed past the ramen noodle and boxed wine stage.

” Somehow those articles always seem to end in exclamation points. I’m doing exactly what I want to do professionally, and I’m my own boss. Most of the time I’m cool with that—and, fortunately, my store is slowly but surely becoming profitable.

I own my own business and my own (hobbit) house in a city I love. I know it comes as a shock, but owning an independent bookstore is not exactly a path to riches.

For example, if it's dinner and an after-dinner cocktail for a second date, it's great for the woman to pay for the cocktails at the second destination. Ultimately, paying the bill on a date shows It's a gesture to let someone know you're interested in them and appreciate them. A date should feel like a treat and it doesn't when it becomes an accounting transaction.” I have to agree based on my own experience.

I’ll never compete with the Online-Retailer-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named, but my financial situation is gradually improving.

Aside from whether men should hold the door for women, few seemingly frivolous issues have fanned the flames of anti-feminism as much as who should pay for dates between men and women.

It’s a subject that seems to never die — see yesterday's Guardian feature on "Paying while dating" — because there are always a subset of men who insist that it’s absolutely unfair that as the world has gotten closer to gender equality, men are still expected to pick up the check.

If you don’t have a lot of money, you can choose an inexpensive date so that you can cover the costs.

I once went on a date to a free comedy show with a guy I met online.

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