I also wonder if I can afford to find someone special. Even when I am treated on the first date, I believe that dinner and drinks should eventually be a shared expense. But if someone I am dating has more expensive tastes than my own, that can prove tricky.
Luckily, my date picked up the bill that night after a half-hearted protest on my part.
As I walked back to my car following our first kiss, feeling the flutter of an enjoyable evening with someone new, it struck me that maybe dating with barely any money in my checking account was not a good idea.
I hoped he was interested in a second date, but could I even afford it? It can also make me overly critical and resentful of others.