At the end of the day, it’s wise to pay attention to what someone is showing you about their character, especially when it comes to money.
My friend Jamie, age 29, always expects her dates—no matter how they met, or who asked out whom—to pick up the tab.
Often, paying for others is a gesture of love and care—a way to show someone that you don’t mind investing in them, even if you’re just getting to know them.” If, on the other hand, you ardently believe in splitting the check for one reason or another—because it’s easier, cleaner, fairer, or whatever—that’s OK, too.
Explaining that you prefer to split the check to your date and see how it goes over with her or him.
If he or she insists on picking up the tab, then say you’d like to get the next one.
offer to buy the first drink, they can’t help but raise an eyebrow about what that says about him or her.
“Be sensitive to different financial situations and try to pick up on cues based on people’s jobs and living situations.