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 User's Monthly Haul: $1K Worth of Dinners
Her dinners averaged $60 ... an amount she, of course, didn't pay.   (Shutterstock)

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 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 I found I wasn't going into debt anymore."

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 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. (More strange stuff stories.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.