You cannot, under any circumstances, pull out a coupon or gift card to pay on a date. The only exception is if you've been dating said person for a while, and even then it's questionable.
Look, everyone is trying to save money. Budgets are important. But what you dole out for a date says something about how much you care about the person sitting across from you. Did you save up for this occasion? Did you think through how much it would cost? Are you excited to treat them? These are all essential questions for anyone during a first date, and if you use a discount to pay for the date itself, you fail all of the above.
Nonsense. Using a coupon on a first date proves that you're good with money—crucial information for any potential partner. When asked if it was appropriate to use a coupon on a first date, this person responded:
According to one person on Quora, pulling out any kind of discount on a first date is unforgivable:
Never on the first date. It will seem like you've chosen the place because you had a coupon rather than because you thought it might make for a lovely memory, or that you chose it for it's "value" rather than for valuing the other person. It's a really, really tacky thing to do.
Imagine your date reaching for the check and putting down some fresh birthday gift cards. Suddenly, you realize your date was looking for convenience, rather than flattery, when they chose the restaurant.
Everyone knows Groupon makes incredible experiences within reach. You can get a Groupon for a glass-blowing class, a couples massage, an expensive meal and even a helicopter ride. If the Groupon makes the date possible, why would you turn it down?