Understanding the dating game

Taking that special someone out can be pricey, so make sure you budget for it.

Whether you’ve just met someone you’re interested in or have been dating for months, there’s little that compares to the anticipation of “date night.” Sharing a night out, away from the pressures of your classes, is a great way to connect with your significant other.

Of course, you know it comes with a cost. Even if you and your date are splitting the cost, having dinner out and seeing a movie could easily run you $50 each depending on where you live and your choice of restaurant.

But let’s focus on a fun fact about dating for a minute, before thinking more about the finances behind your next night out.

The economics of sushi and dating

Interestingly enough, it seems that sushi restaurants may be capitalizing on this idea that it’s a good option for date night. According to Bloomberg’s “Sushinomics” index, which tracks the price of two standard rolls in major metro areas, your night out is getting more expensive — especially if you’re in Seattle; Portland, Oregon; or Washington, D.C. Check out below how the prices have increased since 2011, as well as where you can still get a great deal on sushi.

Graph showing the average cost of sushi in different cities across the country and the five-year annual price change