Etiquette Tuesday: "Hold On, I Have a Coupon for That"

[ 2 ] May 4, 2010 |

Dating has changed from the way it was back in the “good ‘ole days”: people meet at their destinations instead of the guy going to the girls house and picking her up (*for the first date and safety purposes, that is…in today’s day and age), jeans are more common than a formal dress and texting has become another way to ask someone out. The part that we are most wrapping our minds around is the use of the coupon. Now this Etiquette Tuesday is to arouse some discussion on what you think is an acceptable means of payment on the first date (*we will keep it to the first for conversation purposes). Is it acceptable to pull out a coupon to pay on the first date?

Recently, we went out on a date (*a person we have been out with more than a few times…) and they pulled out a coupon to pay for dinner. This sparked the question of “would you do this on the first date or would you not?”. Our date said “not on the first but definitely once I get to know the person, around the 4th or 5th date”. This could go either way: for the person paying…they wanted to treat you but they saw this as a way to save a dollar and wine and dine you at the same time. On the flip side, the person being wined and dined is thinking “what’s up with their financial status?? Are they a cheapo??”.

For us this is could be the red flag…this person is a tad too frugal for us. On the other hand, if the conversation is good and dinner lasts into the wee hours from such great company, this could be overlooked and surely discussed in future convo’s as to why you chose to use a coupon on the first date. What do you think? Good etiquette? Bad etiquette? Let’s discuss.

Category: Food.Fun.Stuff.

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Johnna French is a Harlem NY native with deep roots in Panama, Washington, DC and North Carolina. All four places have heavily influenced her life and the foods she loves today. After graduating Howard University School of Law and beginning her life as a young professional in the city she was led to start Johnna Knows Good Food in November 2007 to keep family, friends and colleagues updated on where to go and what to eat while dining in the nation’s capitol. French, who still practices law, leads a team of three writers to cover the ever expanding Washington, DC food scene. French has been featured in print and television, appearing in Washingtonian Magazine and is a regular contributor to various local TV affiliates including WUSA 9, FOX 5 DC and WJLA (ABC Affiliate) News Channel 8. During the 2016-2017 football season, Johnna aired on Comcast Sports Mid-Atlantic (CSN) show, Redskins Life, as the weekly tailgate host. Johnna is currently a regular contributor to the FOX Baltimore Weekend morning show.

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  1. code says:

    Thanks for the tip. I'll use it when updating Code Coupon Discount

  2. Anonymous says:

    LoL! Love this post. A coupon on the first date?!

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