Turns Out, Women DGAF About Dating A Guy Who Makes Less Than Them
Dating & Dollars
Money and love have always had an "It's complicated" relationship, but Millennials, in particular, have such a unique approach to dollar bills and how we spend them on ourselves and others.
In this two-week Dating & Dollars series, we're exploring how couples and singles in their 20s and 30s are talking about and spending their hard-earned cash — and how their money habits are affecting their love lives.
It’s 2016, and you’re an independent woman who don’t need NO MAN.
Especially when it comes to money.
I asked women on Reddit how they feel about dating someone who makes less money than them, and out of over 40 responses, only ONE woman indicated she might be bothered by the idea of dating someone who doesn’t rake in as much dough as she does.
Here’s her response:
It depends on how much less. Generally, I'd prefer to date someone who makes around the same as me or more. I like to travel, see Broadway shows, try nice restaurants, etc. If they weren't able to join me in those things, it would be a bummer and probably wouldn't work out.
That’s it. Just her. Everyone else? Well, they JUST DON’T CARE.
Read along and see why these women don’t mind dating men who make less than them:
It’s more about his profession than what he makes.
Don't care, so long as they're doing something they find intellectually stimulating. I wouldn't date a guy who intends to work the fryer at McDonalds for the next 30 years, but there are high school teachers that make less than me, and I think that's an admirable career choice.
As long as it doesn’t bother him.
I don't care as long as they do not care that I make more money.
If he can support himself, and he’s not using her for money, it’s not an issue.
As long as they can support themselves and don't expect me to pay for absolutely everything, it's fine. I've done it a few times and never had any issues.
Personally doesn't bother me as long as they don't expect me to pay for everything. I like paying half or one pays one date/thing I pay the next.
Eh, money's not that important to me. Long as they're self-sufficient (or at least not asking me for money) I don't really care. I'm a cheap date anyway.
I'm okay with that as long as he's not expecting me to pay for everything and not whining and complaining constantly how he's making less money than I am.
A lot of couples are already in this situation, and it’s working out just fine.
I'm seeing someone who probably makes about half of what I make.
Been there, done that, not an issue.
Currently doing that. It's fine.
I can support myself.
These couples split costs anyways, so it’s a non-issue.
It doesn't bother me at all. We pool our money in the same checking account – that way it doesn't matter who pays what because it's all coming from the same place.
I currently make more than my SO, and generally have been in this situation constantly for the past few years, because I have a high-paying career. As long as we can split things evenly and fairly I don't care at all.
Ambition is more important than salary.
If we're strictly talking dollar amounts, then it's probably a non-issue.
But if "less money" is coded language for "unmotivated" or "stuck in an extended adolescence" then I would be incompatible with that person.
This has always been my situation and it has never bothered me. The one time it did was when I was dating a deadbeat, for lack of a better word, who was always getting in get rich quick schemes and begging me to bail him out.
She actually prefers it.
Preferred. I have a complex being with people who make more than me. I feel inferior to them and very jealous.
Nice work, ladies! Keep making us proud of your self-sufficient, independent and empowered attitude.
And guys, this is proof that we care about so much more than how how fat your wallet is — so enough with the gold digger stereotyping, OK?
Subscribe to Elite Daily's official newsletter, The Edge, for more stories you don't want to miss.