Dating and money can be an interesting mix! No matter how frugal one wants to be, there will be money spent while dating.  As in, most likely money spent on the very first real date! It might not be a lot of money spent.  I could be as simple as coffee and dessert.  But someone […]

The topic of money and relationships is something that simply fascinates me.  What people say, and what they actually do, can be two very different things.  Some people might dream of meeting a rich person, but then fall for the proverbial “starving artist” type and live happily ever after.  Yet others may declare that they don’t […]

Reader Story: Should She Pay Him Back?

by TTMK on November 8, 2012 · 4 comments

I recently received an email from reader “M”, who asked for my feedback on an issue she was facing.  After getting her approval, I’m sharing it as a reader story, and opening it up for folks to provide their thoughts. She noted that she read the posts on dating and debt, and found it to […]

Dating and Debt Disaster: Part 1

by TTMK on October 8, 2012 · 11 comments

How do you handle money issues when dating? The idea that the guy pays for the first dateis pretty well established in our society, though it’s certainly becoming less set in stone.  After all, more than half of college degrees are going to women, who are of course just as able to work and earn money […]

Being Genuine with Money When Dating

by TTMK on August 2, 2012 · 13 comments

When people are dating, the early stages are frequently not the most genuine.  Let’s get real, people are on their best behavior and often trying to either impress the other person, or at the very least not send them running away! I’m convinced that not everyone is totally genuine when it comes to money and […]

So, I was at lunch recently, getting a quick bit in a food court downtown. I didn’t bring my lunch, and wasn’t eating with others, so I did something that might seem unusual – I ate lunch on my own. Anyway, while getting lunch on my own, I actually noticed the people and conversations going on […]

When people first get to know each other, they are often on their best behavior. They might pay careful attention to what they wear, how much they laugh at your jokes, how closely they pay attention to everything you say, and other similar behaviors.  When thinking about the other person’s behavior, it may be a good […]

What’s the best way to get a second date? If you’re a guy, make sure that you pay for the first date. OK, before you assume that I’m suggesting that all people are that shallow, I’m not 🙂  Clearly, handling expenses is not what’s most important. If the two people have no chemistry to begin […]