PUBLIC OPINION > A Typical Date Should Cost Around $20-$50
Living 2012/05/02 23:00:00
The amount of money you spend on a date depends on a lot of things. Is it a first date with the girl you've had your eye on for weeks? You might want to spend a little more than usual. Are you in a long-term relationship and working your way through college? Fast food might be acceptable. A traditional date with all the stops -- roses, dinner, cab, movie tickets -- could easily run you upwards of $100. But we wanted to know what the public typically spends on a date.
The numbers were pretty spread out, but there was a nice peak at $20-$50. And since more people voted up than down, we could narrow that down further to an estimated $40. That's not too bad for a typical date -- a little low for a special occasion, but tasteful and affordable for a casual date. It's just enough for a meal at a decent nearby restaurant and a night of Netflix. You could spring for more, but one commenter warned, "I took my wife on a date and spent 200+ bucks. Good food and good beer... Then I got yelled at when she saw the bill. You just can't win."
Men Spend More
Culturally, men are the ones who are supposed to pay. Of course, it really depends on each other's financial situation, and it can evolve over time, but that's the default. Fortunately for gals, men overestimate how much dates should cost. A third of men (34%) said they typically spend $50-$100 on a date, while 40% of women said dates should only cost $20-$50.
Students Don't Have Much to Spend
Age was obviously a factor, but the situation was more clear-cut when we broke it down by education status. More than half of high school students (55%) said they spend $20 or less -- no gas, no alcohol, minimum wage jobs if any. College students spend more, but most (68%) keep it in the $20-$50 range. Jump to college graduates, and nearly half of them (45%) are spending over $50.
Drinks Add Up
Drinkers don't spend a whole lot more than nondrinkers, but it does add up. They're 12% more likely to spend over $20, 4% more likely to spend over $50, and 8% more likely to spend over $100. It's no secret that drinks are more expensive when you're out. A $1.50 beer will run you $5 at a restaurant. Not an ideal way to drink.
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