How Much Do You Spend on a Date?

Living 2012/05/01 22:00:00
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Have you ever been called a "cheap date"? Well, it turns out, dating is anything but cheap in major U.S. cities. According to Business Insider, Deutsche Bank has some staggering figures on how much it costs for two movie tickets, soft drinks, a cab ride, a couple of beers and a bouquet of roses the next day in cities around the world. In U.S. cities, you're lucky not to spend $200.

In New York City, a "cheap date" costs $183.01, which includes $111.52 for delivery of a dozen roses, $24 for two movie tickets and $9.50 for a cab ride. San Francisco is almost just as bad, with a "cheap date" leaving a hole in your pocket worth $178.04. The roses are the same as in New York, the movie tickets are slightly cheaper ($21) and the cab is about the same ($9.26).

You'll save a little bit of money in Chicago, where a "cheap date" goes for $169.73. The roses are still the same and the cab is cheaper ($5.61), but movie tickets are even more expensive ($30 for two). Whoa -- after a night like that, we think we'd skip the roses. 100 bucks just to give someone 12 roses? That seems pretty steep. How much do you typically spend on a date?
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  • Met 2012/05/02 11:58:41
    cocktails appetizer salad dinner movie cola popcorn gas...

    vagina ain't cheap.

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  • intoler... Firefly 2012/05/09 20:49:53
    ..... can't believe my keyboard said that .... ' Bad Keyboard ... Bad Keyboard ' < s >
  • Firefly intoler... 2012/05/09 21:27:01
    LOL... OL... OL ~

    dats all I got ta say 'bout dat !
  • harley oldman 2012/05/02 18:11:21
    harley oldman
    Actually it would Depend on your Hormonal neccessity....!
  • Jake 2012/05/02 18:04:41
    On a first date ......I hate to come off as cheap....later if she becomes special I'll drop over 100 easy.....I treat my ladies well.....
  • Professor Wizard 2012/05/02 18:04:05
    More than $100
    Professor Wizard
    Last date:
    $15 in Gas
    $23 in Indoor Shooting Range Fees
    $76 in Ammunition
    $48 on Dinner
    $21 on Drinks in a nice club.
    Total: $183
    And I took her straight home afterword.
  • harley ... Profess... 2012/05/02 18:12:31
    harley oldman
  • Dave 007 Profess... 2012/05/05 13:01:19
    Dave 007
    Next time, go by yourself to the range. It's more fun that way and you have money left over to go again.
  • Joshka89 2012/05/02 17:35:57
    $20 or less
    If you know all the good places, you can have an awesome date for under $20
    'Dinner and a movie' is so boring anyway.
    How about, free entry to the japanese gardens to watch the sun set behind the city? Yeah way better
  • Oblahblah 2012/05/02 17:31:06
    $20 or less
    Zero ... I am female.
  • Dave 007 Oblahblah 2012/05/05 13:01:44
    Dave 007
    Typical women answer.
  • Oblahblah Dave 007 2012/05/22 16:02:29
    Typical but also true.
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/05/02 17:10:58
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    Thats a good icebreaker amount.but it can get higher,as I see her more and in another way also. Say In a Bikini trip to Corpus,then the sans bikini part.
  • dani 2012/05/02 16:57:02
    $20 or less
    Dates are stupid is so is spending money :)
  • Dave 007 dani 2012/05/05 13:02:39
    Dave 007
    I agree, what State do you live in?
  • dani Dave 007 2012/05/07 17:42:09
    I live in British columbia ^.^
  • PonToki 2012/05/02 16:52:09
    Though I don't really go out that much. My boyfriend and I usually hang out and play games mostly.
  • Rob Williams 2012/05/02 16:49:19
    $20 or less
    Rob Williams
    But, in my defence, the last time I dated was in the last millennium!
  • Allilias 2012/05/02 16:39:07
    $20 or less
    my boyfriend is happy with sandwiches in the park...hes not picky and neither am i...then again it helps that theres tons of free events in the area :)
  • harley ... Allilias 2012/05/02 18:15:12
    harley oldman
    Hummmm....A little resistance would open his wallet.... :)
  • Allilias harley ... 2012/05/03 16:07:03
    lol very true. but i dont like him spending money on me because he needs to go to college >.<
  • harley ... Allilias 2012/05/03 16:17:27
    harley oldman
    Good for you...My answer was a feeble attempt at humor... :)
  • Howard L. Chapman 2012/05/02 16:24:10
    Howard L. Chapman
    It depends on the date your on! Is a hamburger date where you go to a "Fosters Freeze" or "Red Lobster" it would depend on what a guys date feels comfortable with. And now days if you take her to some place like "Red Robin" it'll run forty to fifty bucks, that's with a movie and dinner included! Of course to me thats treatin a girl like a lady. But, from what I have observed in the last decade or so, guy's don't know the meaning that, what with wearing their pants below there asses and some of the girls are "Libbers"! Again this is just the opinion of a older guy. Its hard to change after so many years.
  • WilliamLClay 2012/05/02 16:22:03 (edited)
  • harley ... William... 2012/05/02 18:17:16
    harley oldman
    Hummmm.....MD20/20.....Brings back memories. It`s good to still see a gentleman with Class.
  • kofp 2012/05/02 16:20:46 (edited)
    I live in NYC and never spent anything ridiculous for a date. Wait until hyperinflation kicks in, due to QE3, thanks to the Federal Reserve Banking System! No one will be able to afford to date, people will be lucky to afford to eat! Most of my money spent for dates is for transportation and food.
  • magdalena.nix 2012/05/02 15:58:33
    If my husband and I can afford it, of course we like to go somewhere nice (Olive Garden/Red Lobster) but honestly, we have have just has much fun going to a $2 movie (discount theatre) and grabbing some Ihop after the show was over. I'd say our average is about 25-30 bucks for one of those kinds of dates. :)
  • Boo<3 2012/05/02 15:50:06
  • EB 2012/05/02 15:38:54
    but it really depends upon where we are going
  • pete 2012/05/02 15:34:46
    Whatever happened to going Dutch??

    This worked for several years as a "liberating" factor for women, but after a while, the gals slipped back to letting the guys pay the whole tab again.
  • smitty 2012/05/02 15:27:30
    I took my 13 year old daughter on a date to a sports bar. Spent 20 bucks on food. I had a couple beers and she had some lemonade. We watched the Kentucky/Louisville game. Was a great date.

    I took my wife on a date and spent 200+ bucks. Good food and good beer.. but was too much $. Then I got yelled at when she saw the bill.

    You just can't win.
  • Dave 007 smitty 2012/05/05 13:03:39
    Dave 007
    You can win. Leave the wife at home.
  • smitty Dave 007 2012/05/07 18:50:40
    Then I sleep with the dogs.
  • SODAHEADSHEAD 2012/05/02 15:21:17
    More than $100
    Uhhh...too much! $$$
  • caius madison 2012/05/02 15:18:17
    caius madison
    Fair to say that if you don't shell out, they won't put out. It's nothing aginsr the other person I am dating, I just mean that if you can't make it over $50, you shouldn't be dating, because less then that and you can't really do a whole lot. This shows several bad things to a potential partner, cheapness, noncommital attitude, and just overall what you really value their company and time at.
  • Omar 2012/05/02 15:18:05
    Would rather cook and go cinema, most of the time it even tastes better.

    Besides I'd rather take my mum out and spend crazy on her (in a non creepy way) and be a 'cheap date' to some girl I'm trying to know.
  • Christopher Kirchen 2012/05/02 15:11:24
    Christopher Kirchen
    For a first date I'd say $20-50 is good; enough so they know you're not a punk but little enough so they don't expect you to throw money at them 24-7.
  • jacktown kid 2012/05/02 15:04:01
    jacktown kid
    Thats plenty to spend
  • wes 2012/05/02 14:58:36
    $20 or less
    She buys usually or we don't go out, I can't afford it!!! And yes, I go out regularly.....just sayin'...
  • Mike 2012/05/02 14:34:00
    $20 or less
    At my age. Here is a story: A Laotian man of 25 is in Paris dating? a French girl of 18 and he invites her in French to eat his style of food, but she answers I don't like Laotians. I think Paris must be smarter, more sophisticated and more expensive than Bangkok.
  • Jenna ☮♡ッ 2012/05/02 14:28:00 (edited)
    Jenna ☮♡ッ
    Depends, but most of my boyfriends have never let me pay for dates lol so I guess this doesn't really apply to me. And believe me, I offered to pay many times & meant it! My current boyfriend always pays though.

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