Some might read this article and think it’s about being cheap. It isn’t. It’s about being practical and economical. Times are tough these day, money is worth less than it used to be (don’t get me started on money). But going Dutch isn’t just about money, it’s about comfort.

Basically, going Dutch means that each person will pay for themselves when they go on a date together. This method is often the best when both parties are new to each other, independent, or even just friends. Going Dutch is typically agreed to before hand, when the date plans are made, because springing this on your date last minute is bad etiquette.

Many people like to go Dutch because they just aren’t comfortable with someone else paying for them and they don’’t want to feel as if they owe them for anything later. It tends to be more common with women who are liberal or independent in their thinking but can also be common with men who lead a very active dating life. Many women understand the expenses associated with dating and don’’t believe it is fair that they guy should pay for everything, especially if the two go to an expensive restaurant and do something even more expensive later.

It’s also common if both people are low on cash because splitting the cost of dinner and other activities is easier on the wallet. Aside from dinner’s and activities, people could also meet at the location or drive themselves so the other party isn’’t responsible for their transportation.

In short, going Dutch can be extremely casual and can help create a comfortable atmosphere many people can be happy with, especially when starting a new relationship, so consider it as an option worth trying.

~Matt Adams