Women Expect to Pay Half on a Date

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

A survey has found 58 percent of women expect to split the bill on a first date, breaking tradition while times are hard and budgets are tight.

According to First Direct, only 29 percent of men expect women to pay on the first date, showing men still like to play the hunter gatherer role.

A further 14 percent of women think whoever suggested the date should foot the bill, while just a quarter of women expect the man to pay. Only three percent of women think they should foot the bill, regardless of who suggested the date.

“As we approach the wedding season, the couple on everyone’s lips is Kate Middleton and Prince William,” said Richard Brown, First Direct, senior savings product manager.

“Dating can be an expensive business and if you do not have the disposable income of a future royal, it is important to make sure you have enough money saved to find The One.”

However, the majority of men expect to pay in full on the first date, with 55 percent agreeing, with the average spend standing at £65, while women spend on average £50 on the first meet. Thirty eight percent of people would use discount vouchers on a first date, 41 percent of men, and 36 percent of women.

More than nine in ten males would also organise the date, compared to just 65 percent of women.

Prepaid Debit Cards

If you are worried your dating experiences could tip you over the edge financially, try using a prepaid debit card to prevent overspending.

You may have a figure in your head that you would be prepared to spend on socialising, and the best way to stay in budget is to load this money onto the card. It has no overdraft facility so the user can only spend what they loaded onto it, and no more.


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