Dear Michelle Valentine,

I’m really looking forward to meeting this nice guy, Steve, who answered my online dating profile two weeks ago.

We’ve talked on the phone a few times, and he wants to meet face-to-face at Starbucks Coffee for coffee and dessert.

But, because I’ve been out of the dating scene for a while, I don’t know what to do about who pays for what.

Do I order separately, and pay my own… or let him order and pay for everything?

Please answer my letter as soon as possible!

Mindy, Orlando


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Dear Mindy,

I’m so glad your phone conversations have turned into a “first date” meeting!

Going to Starbucks or any quaint local coffee shop is an excellent choice, because it’s a comfortable, public, quiet atmosphere.

And, it’s not too costly, as compared to going out to dinner.

To briefly guide you through your dilemma:

  1. Arrive on time.
  2. Let him lead you in the order-taking line.
  3. Give the counter person your order before he states his order.
  4. After he is places his order, hopefully he will be a gentleman and will offer to pay for both orders.
  5. Have a wonderful time!
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