Cara Ellison on Beyonce and the Economics of Dating

Is this the Rock Paper Shotgun of things I want to do with my time?

Here Is Your Open Thread

Tracy Moore at Jezebel on not dating up or down, but dating equal.

A Shore Thing for Valentine’s Day

How does one meet such a momentous occasion at such an early stage of romance?

A First Date Without Baggage

Clara Bensen’s romance with Jeff began in the traditional manner: through a dating site on the internet. Where their story strays from the typical “meet for drinks, go home together, never speak again” experience is how they planned their batshit crazy first date.

As Clara recounts in an essay for Salon, the burgeoning couple met at the Houston airport and hopped on a flight to Istanbul together for their first date—with no luggage, no itinerary, and a return flight scheduled 21 days later.

The Economics of Dating, OKCupid Edition

The City of Seattle sets its current population at 640,500. The Pew Research Center claims there are 175,626 single men in the Seattle/Tacoma area. OKCupid says I might like 84 of them.

How I Got $1,000 Back From My Pot-Dealing Ex

I shouldn’t have continued dating Jason once I found out he sold weed. I probably should have just called it quits when he angrily threw a small McDonald’s French fry at me because I didn’t read his mind and buy a burger. And, I definitely shouldn’t have loaned him $1,000 over the course of the few months we dated.

Money and Dating

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Guardian interviewed a dozen or so young people about the financial strain of dating, and how personal finances affect their relationships. Yes, please:

My Last $100: Dating Edition

Or, What Prompted Me to Change My Tinder Bio to Simply: Buy me a drink.

Dating Using Discounts

Meaghan: Mike! I just read an excellent article on the Date Report that cites you as a couponing expert. Or um, quotes you about your couponing-while-dating philosophy.

The Things Retirement Calculators Leave Out

In the Financial Times, "undercover economist" Tim Hartford talks about the unforeseen costs that retirement calculators seem to leave out.