A Reddit user recently suggested that his girlfriend should chip in for their date nights. Her reaction was nothing short of explosive. Now he’s left wondering if her angry response hides a different agenda. Is she using him for his money? Here’s the full story:
She Doesn’t Pay a Dime
The Original Poster (OP) began by explaining his girlfriend hadn’t paid a cent toward their first ten dates together. He’d started to grow tired of covering the costs, so asked her to start paying something toward them.
She Didn’t Take It Well
Sounds like a reasonable request, right? Unfortunately for OP, his girlfriend didn’t see it that way. She told him it made her feel as if he doesn’t really like her.
He Was Suspicious Anyway
Before he’d even popped the question, as it were, OP had become suspicious about his girlfriend’s motivations for being in the relationship. For example, on their very first date, she’d asked whether he had a house or an apartment. It left OP wondering she simply wanted somebody to exploit financially.
She Seemed Focused On Money
Another alarm bell went off for OP when they had a conversation about going on vacation together. He told her she’d have to pay for her ticket if they went – a revelation that made her super upset.
OP Wanted Feedback
OP knew something wasn’t right when his girlfriend got angry about him asking her to contribute financially to their dates. But her response also made him second-guess himself. He turned to Reddit to ask if her feelings were valid, or if she was just doing Jedi mind tricks to manipulate him?
Reddit Was On His Side
Most responses on Reddit agreed heavily with OP’s suspicions. The most upvoted comment read, “She’s deflecting. If she’s not willing to contribute financially to the relationship then I’d ditch her.” Another added, “Ditch her before it turns into years of paying for everything for her. You can do better.”
It’s Up to Him
While many responses instantly suggested OP should end the relationship, one person encouraged him to decide what he wants. They wrote:
“You are an adult, you get to decide what kind of relationships you want in your life. Do you want one where you pay every time, and she doesn’t? If not, then either dump her or talk to her to try and get her to understand and see your point and change. You don’t need the internet to agree with you to make decisions on what kind of relationships you want.”
Another Side to the Story
Someone else offered a fresh perspective. Is his girlfriend really money-hungry and entitled, or is she legitimately short of cash and ashamed about being unable to contribute? They said:
“Depends on her life situation. If she’s able to, but not willing, red flag. If she’s just struggling to make ends meet and would be willing if she had it, that’s different. Here’s my rule of thumb…whoever invites, pays. If you invite someone out, then expect them to pay, you’re an AH.
They Could Do Different Things
That same Redditor also thought OP could consider different types of dates.
“OP doesn’t need to pay for every date, but not every date needs to cost money. They can go for walks, do free tours/museums, go to the beach, or whatever. They can take turns cooking more frugal home-cooked meals instead of always going to expensive places…”
What Do You Think?
What’s your opinion on OP’s situation? Was he right to ask his girlfriend to start paying for things? Is it fair that he feels manipulated by her reaction? Or are you on his girlfriend’s side? Does it seem like we haven’t heard enough about her situation to make an informed judgment? Drop a comment with your thoughts!
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