Dating: Another Great Thing About Philadelphia, It's
A Cheap Date
eighty-year old Doris Drum began dating young men in
the neighborhood, in 1932, a movie cost about 25 cents
-- and that included a candy bar and a comic book.
Grandma Drum reminisces: "My brother, Leck, was given
a $1.00 bill from our dad to take a girl out on a date.
Oh my... how times have changed." -- Dateable.com
usually spend about $125.00 on a date. Can't really
get around it. I guess you could save money with
a picnic, but nobody does that stuff anymore."
-- 30-year old from Los Angeles
do you want to do? I don't know, what do you want
to do? Well, let's get a bite to eat and hit a
movie. Not so fast ... If you're in Los Angeles,
you better have at least $90.00; in New York, make it
$110.00. Philadelphia-based Dateable.com,
one of the longest running Internet romance communities,
just completed the initial phase of their cost of dating
index designed to give a rough estimate of the cost
of dating in American cities -- beginning with Philadelphia,
New York and Los Angeles. Of the three, Philadelphia
turned out to be the most reasonably priced city.
"We've got more than great hockey, history and hoagies.
yet another great thing about Philadelphia," said Jennifer
Klein, President and Founder of Dateable.com.
"Cities like New York and San Francisco serve obnoxiously
high restaurant bills. Sporting events in cities
like Los Angeles can bring the cost of a date up to
$300.00 or so (with cheap tickets). I wanted to
see how Philadelphia compared to LA and New York."
Here's a snapshot of initial survey results.
The initial survey looked at 6 key areas: flowers, dinner,
movies, sporting events, drinks and transportation.
In April and May of this year, Dateable.com conducted
a random phone survey of flower shops, movie theaters,
restaurants, and more.
and a Movie In Los Angeles -- the average cost for dinner
and a movie is about $95.00. The average cost
in New York, however, reached about $110.00 because
of higher dinner prices and transportation costs (i.e.,
cab fare). The good news: A dinner and a movie
in Philadelphia, according to our initial survey results,
averages only $75.00, a 20-25% difference. The
cost of food by thieves behind movie concession counters
was not included in our initial survey.
figures were estimated from an index of flowers (single
stem red rose), average dinner and tip (estimated from
variety of restaurant guides), movie tickets (randomly
selected movie theatres), two drinks and transportation
(either cab fare or .31 per mile).
Events -- We also compared the average cost for a pair
of basketball tickets (all three cities are big basketball
cities). New York is the highest with $230.00;
in Los Angeles, two tickets are $171.00; and, Philadelphia
ranks third with $79.00.
to Save Money On Your Next Date
In a conversation with Dateable.com, dating expert
Connie Merritt argued against such unnecessary expenses:
"It doesn't have to be expensive. Dinner at a
restaurant? Expensive and unimaginative.
Barbeque or picnic at the beach or a park? Now
you're talking -- thoughtful and not that expensive."
expert on the subject of dating and romance told Dateable.com
that both parties need to be open: "Make sure the place
you are going to eat is within your budget, whoever
does the asking. If the suggested place is too
expensive for you to pay half or treat, then say something
like, 'That's a great place but it's not within my budget.'"
to Jennifer Klein, President and Founder of Dateable.com,
the cost of dating requires a great deal of creativity
for the financially challenged. Some ideas?
Check out a poetry reading or other events at a bookstore;
attend a student art show; and more. For a complete
list of 10 Tips for Frugal Daters, go to http://www.dateable.com.
Dateable.com LLC SM 2001