Looking for love

Cheap love: Using coupons on first dates is becoming all the rage — seriously

Cheap love: Using coupons on first dates is becoming all the rage — seriously

coupons, scissors, newspaper
Cashing in on coupons is suddenly OK. Would you do it on a first date?  Photo by Scott Griessel/MGTools.ch

Did you buy into a half-off sushi deal on Groupon or a free movie ticket on LivingSocial this week? Go ahead and use it to impress that special someone, says CouponCabin.com. 

According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive for that site, 26 percent of respondents admit to using a coupon on a first date. The same amount said that they would react positively if their first date tab was picked up by a coupon — it's considered a good sign that you're smart with your money in these tough economic times.

 Even if the odds are in your favor, let us recommend that you err on the side of formal.  

Seventy-three percent of respondents said that a coupon wouldn't necessarily warrant a walk-out or deter them from seeing that person again; three percent said they'd speak up about their displeasure; 12 percent said they'd keep quiet but turn down date two; and only one percent said that they'd walk out on the coupon-clipper. 

Even if the odds are in your favor, let us recommend that you err on the side of formal: If it's possible to surreptitiously slip the coupon to your waiter when your date goes to powder his or her nose, do that.