Singles choose inexpensive dates in a year of rising costs | app

PHILADELPHIA — Given the price of gas, Rob Martin would no longer date someone who lives hours away. And since the cost of dining out has risen, the 32-year-old has found himself opting more for virtual first dates – like phone conversations – before investing time and money in a meet in person. It also keeps first in-person dates casual, like coffee or ice cream.

In recent years, he said, he ended things with someone he was dating in part because she lived too far away.

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