If a guy paid for dinner on a first date using a coupon, would you be impressed or turned off? The New York Post posed that question this weekend, complete with a quote from one guy who almost always pays with a coupon for dates:
[Dan] Nainan picks discounts for dates at Manhattan restaurants using Groupon’s iPad application. So far, he says all the women he’s wined and dined (at 50 percent off) have been impressed with his savvy.
Well, all but one.
“The girl who complained didn’t offer to pay, but told me that it was really tacky for me to use a coupon on a date — she said it right then and there at the table,” Nainan recalls.
I am all for coupons — seriously, I just used one for dinner on Saturday night — but if a guy whipped out a Groupon for date number one, I’d be leery. Not because it meant he was cheap (okay, maybe a part of me would think that), but because a coupon service pre-selected the restaurant for him. Sometimes the best deals are at the worst restaurants, and ranking saving money over taking me somewhere genuinely great, well, it doesn’t bode well for the rest of the relationship.
What do you think? Are coupons the height of tacky, or do you appreciate a guy who knows how to save a little dough?
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