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Does the Man Always Have to Pay for the First Date?

by GladScientist
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Antiphon
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Feb1-12, 09:13 PM
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Ignore most of this thread. Here are the bare facts.

Pay if you want to ever date her again.

If she insists on paying it means she doesn't care to see you again.
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Feb1-12, 09:21 PM
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facts.


You are such a joker.
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Feb1-12, 10:17 PM
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Ignore most of this thread. Here are the bare facts.

Pay if you want to ever date her again.

If she insists on paying it means she doesn't care to see you again.
Damn, looks like I'll be single forever...
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Feb1-12, 11:48 PM
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Just get the check when she uses the restroom or something. That saves that whole awkward "Oh no, please allow me, oh no I insist" moment. If the date goes sour, you might give her the opportunity to pay if she wants, but never ask regardless of how it turns out. Realistically, just plan on paying for dinner whenever you go on a date. When you're comfortable enough with someone and it becomes a mutually exclusive thing, then I would expect her to at least offer occasionally.
nucleargirl
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Feb2-12, 12:19 AM
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Its cute when the guy pays like on a first date when you don't know each other very well - its all chivalrous and shows the guy wants to be nice! Makes girls feel special. But it depends how you do it - if I get the feeling that this guy ALWAYS wants to pay, then I might start thinking he has some control issues...
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Its cute when the guy pays like on a first date when you don't know each other very well - its all chivalrous and shows the guy wants to be nice! Makes girls feel special.
When's it my turn to feel special?
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Feb2-12, 08:09 AM
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When's it my turn to feel special?
Oh, you'll get your turn.

That's why you insist on paying for dinner.
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Feb2-12, 09:11 AM
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I'm kind of rusty on this so I asked my wife. The first thing she wants to know is who is this dame I'm going out on a first date with. No, no say I. With you, a date with you. She released me and said it depends on whether I want steak or hamburger.
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Feb4-12, 11:07 PM
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You ask, you pay. Most of the time I'll pay even if I didn't ask for the date though, that is, if it was a good date. If not, I am only paying my fair share (considering I didn't ask).
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Feb4-12, 11:35 PM
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I'm kind of rusty on this so I asked my wife. The first thing she wants to know is who is this dame I'm going out on a first date with. No, no say I. With you, a date with you. She released me and said it depends on whether I want steak or hamburger.
That's pretty much how it worked when I first started dating my boyfriend. Then again, on our first date, we kept it simple by letting the bride and groom pay (we met at a wedding). By the time we went out just the two of us, I think we were on a third or fourth date. But back then, I was a starving grad student and he had a paying job, so if we went out for pizza or sandwiches, I'd pay, but if he wanted a bigger meal, he had to pay. I never asked to go out for fancy meals, and was happy to cook at home with him, so those fancy meals were his choice.
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Feb5-12, 03:21 AM
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When's it my turn to feel special?
:) you feel special when you go to pick her up and she's all dressed up and happy to see you!
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Feb5-12, 04:42 AM
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I'm very inexperienced with dating. I'm going out tomorrow with a girl I met recently. I plan on paying for everything, but if she offers to pay, should I disagree with her and say that I will pay it? Or should I let her pay for it if she offers?

I don't think it matters that much, but I want to avoid giving off the wrong signs (whatever they may be).
You could offer to pay within sensible limits if its a date. What is sensible is up to you. If she offers, then let her. Just don't have any expectations because you paid. Its sometimes the cost of a chance.

Paying for her friend as someone mentioned? No. This type of expectation will only come to frustrate you, and sour any potential relationship that could form. Trust me.
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Feb5-12, 04:55 AM
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my advice is, if she offers to pay: say "how about i get this one, and you get the next one?" two dates are better than one.
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my advice is, if she offers to pay: say "how about i get this one, and you get the next one?" two dates are better than one.
Only do that if the date goes well. Hey! Wait a minute! I think that's how my boyfriend phrased it. Well, considering our first date was about 16 years ago and we're still madly in love (I'm still an advocate of not letting marriage ruin a perfectly good relationship), that seems like sound advice to me.
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Feb5-12, 10:06 PM
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my advice is, if she offers to pay: say "how about i get this one, and you get the next one?" two dates are better than one.
That's actually very clever. Turns an awkward moment about paying into an opportunity for a next date.


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