I actually used to prefer coffee dates because I don’t want to spend more than half an hour. If I know it won’t work with someone. I never thought of it as being cheap. I thought of it as let’s see if we were attracted to each other and then we can plan the next one as a dinner. As a female, I had an equal interest in not wasting too much time with someone if I could tell within the first 10 minutes it wasn’t going anywhere. It’s funny how the emphasis is on cheap whereas for me, the emphasis was on time.
by Preeti Gupta, age 49, female. Curious, skeptical, open-minded spiritual agnostic. Financial planner by profession, writer by passion.