Match.com User's Monthly Haul: $1K Worth of Dinners

NYC 23-year-old saved money by dating online suitors
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2011 8:39 AM CST

(Newser) – How did a young woman in New York City rack up $1,200 a month in free fancy dinners? By signing up for online dating site Match.com and orchestrating a rotation of suitors eager to wine and dine her. "Before I barely had enough money to pay for food," the 23-year-old tells Business Insider. "After using Match.com I found I wasn't going into debt anymore."

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While scraping by in Murray Hill on her $45,000 salary, the young lady, who Business Insider dubbed Minerva McGonagall, discovered that investment banker types on Match.com would gladly buy her meals at ritzy restaurants. She went from spending $500 or more of her own money on monthly dinners to having admirers take her out five nights a week. She even started eating lighter lunches in advance of her indulgent dinners, to save even more, and instituted a rule: No more than five dates with the same guy. Eventually, she retired from the ploy: “It was exhausting," she said. "I needed my sleep and I was done playing the game." Plus, she now has a boyfriend ... who we're guessing picks up the check. (Read more strange stuff stories.)

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