I consider myself to be solidly middle class. (Yes, my income is on the high end of that scale at the national level, but here the cost of living is high, so it’s pretty mid-range.) I grew up on the low-end side of working class. I say this to ask, how comfortable are you with dating someone either well below or well above your income range?

I went out with a guy last night - first date - who brought me a rather extravagant gift by my standards, well over $250. It was very thoughtful (based on interests I had mentioned when we were talking previously), but I was really shocked at the cost. I mean I knew he wasn’t hurting for money - tailored clothes, really good shoes - but I was like, whoa, this is going to be a different dynamic if we start seeing each other on the regular.

Any thoughts or stories to share about navigating income disparity while dating?