Inflation is rising all over the world and many people are thinking outside the box when it comes to cutting costs.
Vivian Tu, who works as a Wall Street trader of everything, enjoyed the free food she got on dates so much that she never went grocery shopping for two years.
Or so she claimed in a viral TikTok she captioned, “Between 2016-2018 I didn’t buy groceries once. I probably saved about $150 a week.”
She accompanied this claim with her lip-syncing to Lana Del Rey’s “Jealous Girl,” as she appeared to be living her best life on a beach.
Tu then joked in the comments section, “If you dated me between 2016-2018, you may be entitled to financial compensation.”
In the video itself, she also poked fun at the common misconception that women are bad with money.
As you can imagine, the video got quite a few comments on TikTok, but the overall reaction was mixed to say the least.
One viewer praised the idea, simply describing Tu as a “genius.”
“POWER MOVE”, a second praised while a third wrote: “THIS is how we close the wage gap.”
Not everyone was a fan, however, with one viewer describing Tu’s behavior as “edging on the edge of unethical.”
This prompted Tu to reply, “What is? The fact that there’s a glass ceiling in the workplace so men are statistically more likely to have more disposable income even in the same job?”
Now, in a recent interview with Elite Daily, Tu clarified that she wasn’t using men for free food, it was just an added bonus to her dating back in those days.
She also said she made the video “jokingly” and insisted she “don’t go on dates.” only for food.’
Tu said she had just moved to New York City during the aforementioned period and was looking to meet new people through dating apps.
She thought to herself, “Oh, I can (probably) go to a nice tapas restaurant for free, or I can spend my own money on supermarket food that I have yet to cook. That’s good.
“There’s clearly some subconscious thinking that goes into it.”
But despite what the TikTok seemed to suggest, she said she’s actually against people dating just for free food.
“In my opinion, it’s not a good idea to go on dates on purpose for a free meal,” she said. “I’m very much in the camp that you’re dating to find love.”
She explained what she did with the money she saved from dating, which she actually estimated to be about “$50 to $100 a week,” she said she spent it on “things, like savings, investments, and a black Prada bag to replace my ripped Longchamp bag. ‘.