Yay rules! Yay, dating!
Oh, wait. The opposite of both of those.
I’ve been having this discussion lately with a few people about who should pick up the check on a date.
It’s the consensus that the man should always pay on the first date. A few months ago, I was watching “How I Met Your Mother,” with the roommate and one of the characters was turned off because the woman made no move to pay on the first date. I turned to my roommate and said, “Wait a sec, a girl is supposed to offer to pay on a first date??” The thought had never crossed my mind. I mean, I’ve always watched my dad pick up the bill, no matter what. I just assumed a man pays on the first date (and a good number of them thereafter. And since I haven’t made it past the third date with anyone, there’s been no need to cross that bridge). My roommate informed me that I am supposed to at least make a move like I’m fighting for the check. My “Hitch” says that I am supposed to offer on the third date, and he should decline if he’s a gentleman.
So I figure, I’d better get to the bottom of this before I actually find someone to go past date #3 with.
Internet, am I wrong? Am I too old fashioned? Should I be offering to pay on a first date or the third date or any date? I am of the mindset that the man pays for most dates while he is wooing me. At some point, I, of course, would start offering because I would start to feel like a mooch. Or if I initiated the date, I should pay. Maybe I should Google this. Is it on Wiki?
Rules. Rules. And more rules. No wonder I can’t seem to master this dating thing.