First Date Jitters: Who pays for the first date?

Q: Times have changed since the time when my parents were first dating.  What is the proper etiquette nowadays for a first date? Is it customary for men to pay for meals or should the couple go dutch? What happens if the couple starts dating?

A: The person who initiates a first date should pay for the date.  Traditionally the man paid for the meal but today the rules of dating have changed and both men and women pay for dates.  How a couple decides to carry out their dating practices is entirely up to them.  There really are no set rules on the subject.  Of course, good manners are always current.

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