Would You Use a Coupon on a Date?

There's a fine line between a smart move and poor taste.


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Is it okay to use a coupon on a first date? (Image: Thinkstock)

One of my colleagues brought up the topic of couponing and how an increasing number of consumers are joining the movement. Then I began to think to myself: Is there coupon etiquette? Are there times when you should and shouldn’t use a coupon? What about a date? If your honey pulls out a coupon book on your first date, does that demonstrate financial savvy or is it just plain tacky? I’ll admit that if my husband whipped out a coupon on our first date or insisted that we only go to restaurants that he had a coupon for, I doubt there would have been a second date. Personally, it would make me feel like he didn’t think I was worth the money. That first impression counts.





What do you think? Is it OK to use a coupon on a first date?

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  • Sylvia Hubbard

    I’m of the mind set of it’s I can get a deal, I’m using all I can get – especially in this day in age.

    I’ll even pull out my AMC stubs card even if he’s paying.

    Now if he pulled out a coupon, dressed in a killer suit and looking rich, I would actually be impressed and my attraction for him would not waiver.

  • Tracy Hill

    Absolutely. It should be about the experience and creativity of the date, not about how much money is spent (especially in these economic times). For example, what if I used a Groupon discount to take my date on a helicopter tour of the city, or on a harbor cruise, or some other experience that she might not have had before, would I still be a schmuck for not paying full price? If so, I wouldn’t care to date the person anyway, so it’s a moot point.

  • Tia

    Hells yeah! If you’re not hip to Groupon or Living Social then you’re missing out. This past weekend Groupon offered $20 helicopter rides over Monterey Bay.

  • JT

    I have always used coupons. And not to be cheap. I use them to max my spending. The trick, if you want to use a coupon on a first date is to let the waiter know before the bill, so it will already be with the check and your date would not be the wiser.