Old dating rules
But after the first date, or the first few, it's definitely time to open up your wallet, or at least do that awkward thing where you begin to reach for your purse.
When a guy constantly pays for every date, it sets up a weird dynamic within the relationship where the man is almost paying to hang out with you.
it's a crazy dating book from the '90s that implies the only way to get a man is to play hard to get.
It gives suggestions like women should never call a guy first, women should always hang up the phone before men do, women should never talk on the phone with a guy for more than 10 minutes, and if a guy wants to go out with a woman on a weekend, he has to book that date by Wednesday. If anything, it's good to establish boundaries and make yourself seem like a prize.
Waiting too long to hook up with the guy you're dating just because you're following some rigid, "three, five, or whatever dates before you get down" system can not only friend zone the person you're dating, but it also prevents you from going with the natural flow of your relationship.
But if your hang outs are a good mix of spontaneity and planned-out dates, then last-minute plans are not only fine, but they can be fun.
I'm old-fashioned in my belief that, on the first date, I like the guy to pay.
In a more feminist dating era, it's time to throw some of these old dating "rules" out the window.
It's time for a throwback to a simpler time with some good ol' retro romance.