Dating and finances a post on Studenomics explains it pretty nicely, and pulls a pretty interesting question, that can transfer onto other areas of life.
This phrase specifically sparked an interesting thought, not only on dating, yet on finances in general:
“Glad someone wrote this! The beauty about getting married or being engaged vs. being single or dating is that the things you invest money in (dinners, vacations, house stuff, etc.) are an investment that will grow something that will last (like memories when you’re older). When you’re throwing money at a casual relationship just to win them over, you never know if that “investment” will last 3 years, 3 months, or forever.”
You don’t invest early in any type of relationship. Doesn’t matter if they are a friend you’ve just made or a new girlfriend, your investment should be made appropriately to time spent. The more I know someone, the more I am willing to invest in them.
When it comes to finances you should stick to principles above emotions. You should never splurge on a person that you’ve just met. Not even on Valentines Day.