Been asked on a date, I've not long got rid of my alcoholic partner so feelings and confidence are still a little tender. This date is with a guy I've known for about 11 years so not a total stranger, which I'm happier about.
We're going to a show tomorrow so I asked him today if I should get tickets as it's cheaper to buy advance rather than pay on the door - but he already has them. I'm confused about dating etiquette, do I offer him the money for the ticket or do I instead buy breakfast/dinner or something? (We'll be there from around 9am-5pm and he's picking me up at 7am).
I think ask him 'so how much do I owe you for my ticket?' . If he's already bought them I'm guessing he doesn't expect payment. If that's the case I'd accept graciously, thank him and tell him that I owed him a pre/post show drink (and follow through with that).
Agree with Raging just text to ask what you owe, and accept if he says nothing. I would definitely make your "thanks I'll buy you..." end breakfast or lunch. Don't commit to anything after the show until you know how it's gone (although as it's someone you know maybe that's OK)
I can't really ask what I owe as he knows I've been online and know how much the tickets cost...! Plus he's funding the petrol for a 4 hour round trip, don't want to seem grabby if that makes sense? I'd have preferred to get the tickets myself if he was funding petrol...
All this talk of money/cheap tickets/petrol money etc is a bit unbecoming for a first date. I realise it's a consideration, but still ... Just relax and enjoy. There will be opportunity for you, on the night or in future, to pay your way.