I've learned that on the first date, a guy should always offer to pay for it. Never mind about the modern liberated woman, blah, blah, blah.
Herzberg's Motivational Theory states that there are hygience and motivational factors. Money is a hygience factor. Without money people will get demotivated, however more money will not motivate them.
I realized that it applies to dating too.
Money isn't everything in dating. A guy lavishing gifts on a woman doesn't mean that he loves them nor does it necessarily mean the lady will feel good.
However, if the guy doesn't even offer to pay for the date, or buy dinner, it demotivates. More money doesn't show that he loves him. But no money may be a strong indicator that he doesn't love her.