Scarlett O’Hara may have dramatically vowed to herself that she’d never go hungry again, but then again she didn’t live in the era of Match.com. According to a Business Insider article today, a young woman in New York named Jessica Sporty used the dating service in order to save on her grocery bills. You see, men would buy her expensive meals and dinners, and in return, all she had to do was go on a date with them.
What a very novel transactional process.
From the “trend” piece:
Sporty went from easily spending $500 a month on dinners alone to having someone else dole out an average of $60-plus per night. She also stopped eating lunch and opted for a light breakfast to save even more.
According to our calculations, Sporty made over $1,200 a month.
Match.com does require a $50 monthly subscription, but the dates more than made up for the entry price.
“I mean, a guy buys me three drinks at $15 a pop and that right there made up for my Match fee,” said Sporty…
Well first of all…she didn’t MAKE that money, she saved it. But the sad thing about this item isn’t the obvious and tired prostitution/Holly GoLightly comparison–hell, we all appreciate a free meal now and then–but how Ms. Sporty’s story is touted as some sort of frugal economic advice. You see, she and her roommates were very thorough about their dining expenses:
One of them called for making spreadsheets about each guy who took them out for their drinks and/or meals. It included names, photos and details from their Match.com accounts.
The girls also let each other know where they were going for the night. And they never let guys pick them up at their apartment and instead met up at a public location.