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Should I insist on paying for my own dinner when out with a new friend?

Asked by norah (241points) March 16th, 2011

I’ve recently met a very nice man. We’re both single but we’ve agreed to be friends, only. We’re going to have dinner and he just told me that he’s buying. He’s being very generous and while he has a lot more money than I do (and dinner isn’t a big deal for him), I’m finding that I really want to pay for myself. I do hate splitting the bill, but after years and years of being paid for, I’m just feeling like being independent. Thoughts?

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everephebe's avatar

Do it, and good luck. It’s a tricky business paying for your own food, in these situations. He should understand. Smile and split the check.

bob_'s avatar

Nah. What for? If he’s got lots of money as you say, he can pick up the bill.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Let him pay this time, then invite him out to lunch or coffee and pay. or if you are “just friends” have him over for coffee and lunch/dessert that you prepare

marinelife's avatar

It is really up to you. If you are uncomfortable having him pay for your dinner, tell him so.

On the other hand, friends can and do pick up the check.

AmWiser's avatar

He’s already informed you that he’s buying. Let him. If you know what he likes to read, maybe take him a good book. Or like @SpatzieLover said.:)

The_Situation's avatar

Let him pay. Offer to cover the tip.

WestRiverrat's avatar

He invited you, let him pay. Next time you invite him and you pay for it.

Stefaniebby's avatar

If he’s already saying he’s going to buy let him buy. Maybe offer to pay next time, or tip the waiter this time.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@AmWiser You think like I do. I’m a gift giver.

If someone says “It’s my treat”, then I bring them a treat, or invite them for treats elsewhere…like saying “Instead of dessert here I know this little cafe, I’d love for you to try”

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Offer but don’t push and make him feel awkward for feeling good to be able to treat you.

Coloma's avatar

I think you should certainly offer to pitch in, but, don’t forget, that sometimes it is insulting to turn down a gift to the giver.

I always offer to pay for my own coffees or meal when dating, but, if my date insists I defer graciously.

Why not accept and then extend an invitation for you to cook him a nice dinner next time.

All gifts are equal, and, he’s a big boy. :-)

chyna's avatar

On another day, ask him to a matinee movie, your treat. A matinee isn’t a date.

bob_'s avatar

@chyna If there’s a movie, it’s a date.

SpatzieLover's avatar

@chyna I agree anything in the afternoon is not date territory
@bob_ there’s no talking during a flick. If it’s not romantic, it’s not a date

bob_'s avatar

@SpatzieLover You’d think so, but you’d be wrong.

chyna's avatar

@bob_ Day movies are not dates!

Coloma's avatar


But…it all depends on what content comes with said ‘not date.’
I tend to agree that a matinee is not quite a date, but, then again, if you gave the guy a ball warmer that might change the nature of ‘afternoon delight.’

If there is any touching or hand holding during said matinee it then becomes a ‘date.’

Too many variables, one must just have the experience for themselves. lol

SpatzieLover's avatar

@Coloma If one straight lady asks another out to a movie, it’s not a date.

If a straight lady asks a straight guy to a daytime movie and they’ve already established they’re “just friends”...I doubt she’d do an over the pants cock rub ;D

Kardamom's avatar

Let him pay this time, but say to him, “It’s not right for you to have to pay everytime we eat out, let’s say we alternate, next time lunch is on me.”

6rant6's avatar

If who pays the bill is a big deal, there’s not much there, I say. Next time, you say, I“m paying.” And it’s okay to go to a cheaper place.

Blueroses's avatar

People get a good feeling from being able to treat a friend to a meal. Accept gracefully and assert your independence in other ways. Don’t reject the gift.

nikipedia's avatar

I believe in communist rules. If the other person has more money, I’m happy to let him/her pay.

But my opinion doesn’t matter—yours does. If it really bothers you to let this person pay, then by all means insist on paying your share.

BarnacleBill's avatar

Thank him, and tell him that you will pay for dessert or before or after-dinner drinks.

Bellatrix's avatar

Can you say, “only if I can pay next time”. Or offer to cook him a meal as a thank you? If you are friends, I would feel better paying for my share when it is all counted up over the longer term.

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