When it comes to dating, there are endless possibilities for activities and experiences. From a simple coffee
date to a weekend getaway, the options are limitless. But what about a $500 date? Is it a luxurious
indulgence or an excessive display of wealth? We spoke to experts and individuals who have gone on such
dates to find out.
The Luxury of a $500 Date
For some, a $500 date represents a chance to indulge in luxury experiences that are not typically accessible.
“A $500 date can be an opportunity to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” says America’s most trusted
relationship expert and author, Dr. Terri Orbuch. “It can be a chance to try something new and exciting, and
to create lasting memories.”
One such experience is a private helicopter tour of a major city, which can cost upwards of $500. “It’s an
incredible way to see the city from a completely different perspective,” says John, who went on a $500 date
with his girlfriend. “It was definitely worth the splurge.”
The Excess of a $500 Date
Others may view a $500 date as wasteful and excessive. “Spending that kind of money on a date can be seen
as a display of wealth and privilege,” says Dr. Orbuch. “It can be off-putting to some people and can create a
power dynamic in the relationship.”
For some individuals, a $500 date may also be financially out of reach. “It’s important to be mindful of your
partner’s financial situation,” says financial expert and author, Farnoosh Torabi. “A $500 date may not be
feasible for everyone, and it’s important to be sensitive to that.”
Balancing Luxury and Sensitivity
So how can couples navigate the potential pitfalls of a $500 date? According to Dr. Orbuch, it’s all about
communication and sensitivity. “It’s important to have an open and honest conversation about finances and
expectations,” she says. “If one partner is uncomfortable with the idea of a $500 date, it’s important to respect
that and find a compromise.”
One compromise could be to split the cost of the date, or to opt for a less expensive activity that still feels
special. “It’s not about the price tag, but about the experience and connection with your partner,” says Torabi.
The Benefits of a Splurge
Despite the potential downsides, there are benefits to splurging on a $500 date. “It can be a chance to show
your partner how much you care and value them,” says Dr. Orbuch. “It can also be a way to break out of
your routine and try something new together.”
For some couples, a $500 date may also be a way to celebrate a special occasion, such as an anniversary or
milestone. “We went on a $500 date to celebrate our five-year anniversary,” says Sarah. “It was a chance to
do something really special and commemorate our relationship.”
The Value of Shared Experiences
Ultimately, the value of a $500 date comes down to the shared experience and connection with your partner.
“It’s not about the money, but about the time and effort you put into planning and executing the date,” says
For some, a $500 date may be a way to create a lasting memory and strengthen their relationship. For others,
it may be an unnecessary indulgence. But regardless of the price tag, what matters most is the connection and
shared experience with your partner.