Call me cheap.... Call me frugal... Â but I am beginning to think getting a cup of coffee/tea a much better way to start a first date then to goto a restaurant. Â That way, if things aren't going smoothly, we can just end it at that. Â However if things go good, then dinner can definitely come after. Â Is this a wise course of action?
I don't think it's cheap, but practical. Especially for a blind date. When I was single all but 1 blind date was for coffee or a drink and a few times I was very glad I didn't have to sit through an entire meal. If you don't know the person well I think it is perfectly appropriate to meet for coffee or a drink or something similar and see if you hit it off. If you do you can always segway into dinner, as you suggested. If it doesn't work out, both of you haven't wasted 2-3 hours. If you know the person and are asking them out I think that requires a larger investment of your time, doesn't have to mean a larger investment of your money though.