Is it REALLY acceptable to use a coupon on the first date More than a quarter of cash-strapped romantics admit to using discount vouchers
19:49 GMT, 24 October 2012
Cash-strapped, but still hitting the dating scene, a growing number of romantics are relying on coupons to wine and dine their first dates.
A study commissioned by CouponCabin.com found that 26per cent of people have used discount codes to entertain prospective partners.
And while the topic may divide opinion, 26per cent said they would react positively to a coupon-financed rendezvous, up from 18per cent last year.
Budget-conscious: A study by CouponCabin.com revealed that 26per cent of people have used discount codes on a first date
Only one per cent said they would walk out on a date who produced a
coupon at the dinner table, while 12per cent said they would keep quiet but not go on a second outing.
Couponing has become big business over recent years, and some of the most popular daily deal websites include Living
Social, Groupon and Open Table.
Nearly half (49per cent)
of respondents agreed that a poor economy had made them more frugal-minded.
Commenting on the findings Jackie Warrick, president of CouponCabin.com, said: 'People definitely have to start educating
themselves on how to save money and do what they can to put some extra
money in their pockets.'
However some commentators remain firmly against the idea of using coupons on a first date.
'Using a coupon on a first date is like asking for a doggy bag – it ruins the atmosphere'
An anonymous writer on Chow.com said: 'Using a coupon on a first date is like asking for a doggy bag – it ruins the atmosphere.
'Yes, in both cases you're demonstrating thrift and foresight, valuable qualities in a mate.
'But it's best to wait until the
third or fourth date to show this side of you. A knack for fiscal
planning is important, but it's not sexy.'
But rather than viewing coupons as a mark
of a cheapskate, Ms Warrick said that they 'convey that
you’re smart with your money'.
Revealing how to coupon on a first date thefrugalista.com, reads: 'If you need to use the coupon, excuse yourself from the table after you order and say you have to go to the bathroom.
'Find the server and handle your transaction that way. That covert way would make James Bond real proud.'
The CouponCabin.com survey was conducted on a random sampling of more
than 2,300 U.S. adults.