Back during the dating spree of ’10, I bought a Groupon for Liluma Restaurant here in St. Louis. By sheer chance, a woman with whom I had exchanged a few e-mails mentioned that she had been wanting to try out Liluma. So we planned to go there on our first date.
Now, as you can tell from my rules for first dates, dinner is not ideal. But I had a Groupon for Liluma, so I figured…why not? If the woman ends up being prissy about me using a Groupon, than things probably wouldn’t work out anyway.
So I made a joke in advance about using the Groupon, and she seemed cool with it. The date itself was so-so (it was the one where I discovered the affect that the show True Blood has on a woman). I didn’t ask for a second date.
But here’s my question: Are Groupons acceptable for first dates? It’s probably unfair for me to label a woman as “prissy” just because she wouldn’t be cool with me using a Groupon. There are plenty of first impressions made on a first date–should frugality be one of them?
I’d like your take in the poll and in the comments. My answer would be that you just avoid the Groupon situation altogether by going out for drinks and covering the bill. But in a circumstance like the Liluma situation above, I’d say use the Groupon. Make a joke out of it.