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My question is: How to buy gift certificates?.

My 2nd question is: OK, here's the long story short....

I have been dating (online dating with a guy for the past month and a half. He is a great guy, treats me well and tells me he loves me on a regular basis..

Now, here's my dilemma... he lost his job earlier this year and is pretty much broke. He hasn't taken me out to dinner yet! Its been almost two months and he has only taken me to the movies once and took me out for a drink another time. I have been very understanding with his financial situation and haven't complained to him about this because he is in a tough situation where he does tell me he wants to do things for me but his shortness of cash gets in the way and isn't making it possible. Sometimes he has to ask his dad for money just so he can buy gas! He does make the effort to show me that he still cares by coming to see me when he can, even thought we haven't been seeing each other that much for the past month because of school..

To get to the point, he has mentioned taking me out to dinner a few times ever since we started dating. Whenever he mentioned taking me out, he has only said he would do it, but hasn't taken the initiative.  He's only said that whenever "I want to go" that I should let him know. Basically, he just left it up to me. But, that doesn't make sense to me. What am I supposed to do, call him up when I want him to take me out and be like "hey, take me out to dinner tonight!" It just puts me in a weird situation because I don't get why he would leave it up to me and wont initiate the dinner date...



Comments (6)

I will be blunt here.You are expecting dinner from a guy who is asking money for gas from his dad.Wake up ! he cant afford it.he doesnt have a job,he is broke! This is such an unrealistic demand from your is very insensitive as well.Why dont you offer taking him to dinner? or go dutch? you cant expect him to sell his house just because you want a dinner.This is absurd.Why I am replaying here is absurd in itself...

Comment #1

I agree with heissick. If taking you out to dinner and paying for things for you is of any importance, find a man with a job. You're barking up the wrong tree, and I don't think you have any right to get upset when you choose to start dating (online dating with a guy who was broke and jobless from the beginning. You don't know why he would take you to dinner but you know he's broke - Why aren't you putting two and two together? He doesn't want to pay for you because he can't...

Comment #2

Thanks, but both of you didn't get the point of this post....

My question was, what should I do since he left the dinner date using up to me? He said whenever I wanted to go to let him know, but I don't feel comfortable doing that...

Comment #3

They did get the point. The whole issue is that your guy has no job and no money. You want a dinner date using but your conscience says you know that him having to take money from his father to pay would be wrong. Its a stalemate.He cannot afford to go out thus you dont tell him you want to go. My opinion is either dont go out as you know he cannot afford it, go out and know he is getting being lent money he cannot afford to repay or move on and find a man with a job so that when he does take you out, you wont feel guilty.Good luckSB.

Que Sera Sera - Whatever will be, will be...

Comment #4

Is he actively looking for a job?  If not, then he may be dud..

Otherwise .. he could easily prepare you dinner.  I'm sure he's feeding himself dinner everynight from groceries bought at the store .. he could add a cutlet or two and not break the bank...

Comment #5

Just a thought. Maybe he "left it up to you" to decide dinner because he KNOWS you wouldn't feel comfortable calling him up and asking to go out.  I don't know many people who would feel comfortable calling up someone else asking them to buy them dinner.  Clearly he is broke. If he could afford to take you out, he probably would have by now (more then once).  Maybe he left it up to you because he didn't want to feel like a jerk for never taking you out. So he made it appear that he would do it "whenever you want", without committing to it.  I mean if you ever got frustrated and said "You never even take me out to dinner!" I think his response may be along the lines of "I told you I would take you out whenever, just to let me know! YOU never told me when you wanted to go!"  So it keeps the "heat" (or guilt) off of him for not taking you to dinner. He doesn't want to initiate because he CAN'T afford it. He is banking on you not initiating either. At least thats my best guess...

Comment #6

This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.


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