Millennial and Gen Z singles are redefining the dating landscape with the rise of situationships and a knack for planning fire dates, even if the romantic connections may not last. Thoughtfulness takes precedence over expense and recent data reveals that dating expenditures are on the rise. American Express’ Amex TrendEx Millennial and Gen-Z Summer Spotlight Report shows that 24% of respondents are spending more on elaborate dating, with an average willingness to drop $420 on casual summer dating.
Elaborate Dating Experiences
To explore this trend further, we gathered insights from a few individuals who had experienced extravagant and elaborate dates. These memorable outings showcased the depth of effort and investment that millennials and Gen Z are willing to make for romance. Sara, aged 27, mentioned that she and her boyfriend of six months spontaneously decided on a workday to make a same-day reservation at SAGA, a fine-dining NYC restaurant. The bill came to a staggering $1,200. Janie, 28, recounted that for her fiancée’s birthday, she wanted to make it extra special. They indulged in a fancy brunch at the posh RH rooftop restaurant in NYC, followed by ice skating, tickets to a Broadway show, and dinner at Electric Lemon, another high-end restaurant. The entire experience amounted to approximately $1,300.
Examples of Extravagant Dates
There are also millennial couples who prefer to go for a no-expense-spared approach when it comes to dating. Rebecca, 27, amusingly shared that a guy she was dating arranged a unique first date for her. He got his pilot brother to fly them to the nearest Chick-fil-A location. The unexpected gesture incurred a cost of around $1,540. Chris, 31, described a surprise trip to the Bahamas planned by his partner. They stayed in a beautiful beach resort and enjoyed activities like kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming. The night was made magical with a private beach bonfire, stargazing, and even open-air cooking by a private chef. The total cost of the trip was around $2,500. Clara, 26, recounted an extravagant date where they dined at Nobu, a high-end celebrity restaurant in New York, and later enjoyed a Drake and Migos show at Madison Square Garden. The concert tickets alone cost $1,200 for both of them, and the dinner was about $500 each. Additionally, they stayed in a posh hotel for the day and rented an SUV for the night, bringing the total expense to a staggering $2,600. Interestingly, all of these millennials also shared that these extravagant dating experiences were worth every penny!
With the world of lockdown and with more and more people staying inside of their homes, it seems as though many of these people are also opening up their hearts – and their houses – to animals in need. In fact, many famous faces are choosing to adopt dogs and cats, and other adorable creatures that would otherwise be stuck in shelters. Kaley Cuoco is the most recent celeb to do just that, but instead of welcoming little pooches into her home, she has welcomed little piglets.
An Animal Lover
If you’re familiar with Kaley Cuoco, you’ll know that this leading lady is extremely well-known for her role in the hit TV sitcom, The Big Bang Theory. Now that this epic show has come to an end, Kaley now has a huge amount of time on her hands – and she has since devoted much of this time to maintaining her so-called “ranch.” Yes, Kaley and her husband are huge animal lovers, and they have added dogs, goats, bunnies, horses, and even a miniature horse.
Two New Additions
It seems as though Kaley has even more time on her hands now that lockdown is keeping the world in their houses, so Kaley has since expanded her ranch even further. In recent weeks, she has opened up her home to two adorable piglets called Wilbur and Leeroy. These pigs were adopted by Kaley and her family, and we have no doubt about the fact that they’re going to be extremely well looked after. They’re probably going to make some other four-legged friends over the course of their lives there. After all, who doesn’t want to be friends with a miniature horse? Kaley is now spamming her social media channels with pictures and videos of her new piglets, and we would be lying if we said we weren’t squealing at their cuteness!