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Dating without going broke

Probably not (although I imagine a certain amount of women would eagerly entangle themselves if he was hot; yes, we gals can be incredibly shallow, too).

Unemployed, under-employed and low-income men are just not good dating or marriage material in the eyes of many women.

The Good Men Project recently pondered, what’s a man without money? I’ve never been one to focus on money — my own or someone else’s — or see it as a path to happiness.

Now that I’m at midlife, however, and helping to get two kids through college, hoping to retire one day, and dealing with the never-ending costs of living (my broken clavicle cost me of money, despite my health insurance, and my car appears to have an electrical problem, no doubt a pricey problem, that I need to deal with ASAP), I think about money a wee bit more.

When asked how much is appropriate for adults to spend on the first date, older millennials (ages 27 to 36) and Generations X-ers (ages 37 to 52) said they spend 0 per date — that’s twice as much as younger millennials and baby boomers (ages 53 to 71), according to a survey of 1,000 people released Thursday by The Cashlorette.com, which is owned by personal-finance site

“In order to date a woman in New York City, you have to spend 0 or 0.

That’s the ‘trumpets and confetti’ night out: Dinner, drinks at a cocktail bar, nightclub and an Uber home.” That’s why he developed an alternative — and free — date.

A man who isn’t contributing financially is a handicap, as one young single mother says in “What was his purpose?

I started thinking, ‘I don’t need him.’ He was just like an extra burden.


  1. Feb 22, 2018. This 26-year-old New York male broke out his dating budget on Refinery29. He spent $771 on 14 dates in a single month. Date No. 1 wine bar $91. Date No. 2 bar $40. Date No. 3 dinner and drinks $70, Date No. 4 ingredients for dinner at home $40. And that was just the first week. “I had a pretty.

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