Most first dates entail dinner or drinks and a movie or some other form of entertainment. But straying from tradition can be fun—and often cheaper.
That being said, is it possible to spend too little?
Some millennials make as little as $18,000 a year and the entire generation faces particularly high levels of unemployment. Not everyone can afford to be taking potential partners out on lavish dates, even if they want to.
So, how much should you spend? Spend whatever you damn well please. We don’t suggest going crazy and picking your date up in a limo to take her on a helicopter ride followed by a Michelin-starred restaurant—that might scare her off anyway. But, according to Coffee Meets Bagel users, 73 percent of first dates cost less than $50.
For some city dwellers, this might sound frugal as hell. An appetizer, two entrees and drinks could easily creep up to over $100, and a hot dog stand just isn’t going to cut it. But, news flash: You don’t have to do dinner on the first date. Bigger news flash: Many women don’t even want to do dinner on the first date.
First dates are about feeling each other out. If you don’t vibe, you don’t want to be stuck sitting at the dinner table for what’s likely to be a minimum of two hours. You want to drink your drink and gtfo.
The average unmarried American spent $1,596 on their dating life in 2016. That’s an entire year, which means that they could have gone on two to three dates a month that cost them $50-ish that year. Not bad. These kind of dates could have even included two drinks and appetizers, or something out of the ordinary like a bike ride, a hike or any of these other out-of-the-box first date ideas that don’t suck.
It’s nice to get out of your parent’s basement every now and then.