Let's be honest, regardless of what any woman says out there, a man who spends some denomination of money on a woman, will be liked by her. Financial investment is not exactly necessary to keep a relationship going, but no financial investment is a big sign that things are not right. After all, aside from spending time and effort- what else is left?
I found out the hard way that signs of a man spending too much money or not enough (as in asking for me to pay for us both, or insisting we consistently split the check) are red flags. So here is my experience, and before you judge the title of my article, please continue reading.
I started dating Adam when I was 19. I was a poor student in University while he worked at Radio Shack. He lived at home with his parents, but always made time for me. I remember the first 5 dates he asked the waiter to "split the check"- i thought "sure... well money must be tight". Into our 6th date, Adam bought us movie tickets as it was half off Tuesdays, and he asked me to buy us some food. Not that I am counting but the movie tickets were $24, meanwhile the 2 nachos, popcorn, drinks and candy were close to $40.
It didn't bother me at first, but the continuous "splitting" of things after the 11th date made me extremely agitated. Adam bought himself some new speakers for his room, a new snow board- and I realized that he wasn't "broke" he just did not care to invest. This was beginning to be prominent after he would not care about exchanging cards or small gifts during special occasions, his lack of care to take me out after a stressful exam... or exhibit any sort of commitment.
Bottom line, 3 months in I realized we were done. I ended things, and Adam wasn't even phased. A few months later, I started dating Howard. Howard was a student like myself with a part time job. Howard would bring me flowers, and take me out to eat and watch movies, and although he didn't spend plenty of money on me, he made the effort.
In conclusion, it's not about the denomination. It's about the thought. If a man can't invest $15 in you for a meal, or $10 for flowers on a special occasion- don't waste your time.