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It doesn't matter if you're pursuing him as a romantic interest.
But based on how this read it sounds like you only see him as a friend.
If thats the case, dont let him pay for everything and think he's going on dates with you if you aren't invested in it. Thats just leading him on.
You said you felt something romantic towards the end, if thats the case it really doesn't matter - he invited you out on a date so nothing wrong with being expected to pay.
But I would think you would keep in mind if you really dont plan to progress that relationship past just hugs and a kiss on the cheek you need to get the message across and not just let him pay for everything.