Thirty-four-year-old Michael Stenz of Portland, Ore., says using coupons on a date is "practical." Last month the operations director used a buy-one-get-one-free lunch coupon at a downtown pub." Atefeh Yazdi, 30, a sales rep from Harrisburg, Pa., has been using coupons on first dates for as long as she can remember.She goes on countless first dates to weed out undesirables, appears as a talking head on . One client, a pottery studio in Tribeca, was struggling with the post-Lehman economy, and I needed to act quickly. Point of origin: Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been a big-picture person connecting people and ideas.
Hattie Grace Elliot is the blond and the brains behind The Grace List, which she describes as “a multifaceted networking group that connects accomplished, attractive, and adventurous singles through trapeze classes, whiskey tastings, etiquette dinners, bocce ball tournaments, sailing lessons, and all sorts of other fun/quirky activities” in cities around the US. Before I created The Grace List, I was a business development consultant.Even to this day, when I think of pottery, I think of the sexy scene from . As a single New Yorker myself, I threw a singles mixer at the studio and invited ten of my most attractive, accomplished, and adventurous guy and girl friends. After mixing some vino, clay, tunes, and attractive potters, the event was a huge success.Singles were flirting with new acquaintances, professionals were letting out there inner-artist, friendships were forged, and business contacts were introduced. From there I turned my event concept into the business that today is The Grace List.In one case she used two coupons in one night, first at the movie theater and then later at TGIFridays. I think I caught him off guard [with the coupons] so he was a little taken back at first, but then we laughed about it." David Sanders, 41, recently used a buy-one-get-one-free coupon when he and his date visited a frozen yogurt shop in Atlanta. They can quickly dampen the atmosphere," says Hattie Grace Elliot, founder of The Grace List.It wasn't his first attempt presenting a coupon on a first date, either. "Look, if we're going to a particular place anyway ... If saving money is a priority, just stick to a plan that's within your budget, she suggest.This business might not have an official storefront, or it might move to multiple locations throughout the day. Do you have more specific information about the location of Save the Dating? originating in New York and fills the dating need in Los Angeles.I literally have no idea why she’s coming after us.” Would Elliot be interested in appearing on the reality show if the litigation process became a point of drama?“Absolutelynot.” When reached via e-mail, Gilbert said that she was unable to comment on pending litigation and referred us to her lawyer, Zeynel Karcioglu, who called the suit “an ordinary corporate matter” and said that it won’t be featured on the show."A ou can craft a priceless first date" without a coupon.Bottom line: Using coupons on a first date may get you mixed reactions, depending on the person.