My boyfriend and I split costs all. the. freaking. time. That includes a 5$ meal at McDonald's, a sub at Subway, etc. He never pays for me, except for dinner on our anniversary or Valentine's or for a 3$ drink at the pub. I keep seeing these girls on YouTube showing off all the expensive gifts their boyfriends give them and all the sweet things they receive for certain occasions (success at something, when they are sick, etc.). Who doesn't want to be treated like a million bucks? I'm not too fond of our split-everything-or-one-of-us-with-owe-the-other-something "business-like" financial arrangements :(
Everytime we have dinner at my place, I cover the costs (10-20$ every time). I pay 12$ for public transportation every single time I go to his house and I never ask a penny from him. So when we split for a 5$ meal, I feel insulted, as if he felt threatened that I would steal from him. And I'm pretty sure I spend more money than him on his presents (Christmas, birthday).
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Does it really matter though tbh? I mean if you like the guy than it shouldn't really matter.
Whilst I'm not denying your point about who wouldn't want to be treated like a million bucks - I want to ask you something. Do you ever buy your boyfriend lunch or anything like that?
If the answers 'yes' - then I would say it's fine to feel that way. I mean I would like to be treated equally.
If the answer's 'no' - is it reasonable to expect your partner to pay for your sh*t when you haven't done the same for him? When in this day and age, you're most likely financially independent?
(It's blunt but I honestly didn't know any other way to put it)
Tbh I agree with the guy who said I would run if the girl expects me to buy her a lot of things xD0