My husband and I have this “thing.” He pays for everything when we go out on dates (food, drinks, clothes, tickets, etc) – we used to try to split things, but he felt judged. Especially in Japan.
He used to cover one meal; I would cover the other. But when I paid, people looked at us funny.
So he pays.
And once a week, I slip money into his wallet. Some weeks it is more than others (it depends on how much I made and how much we spent that week). We have an unspoken agreement, he never asks me about the money and I never try to pay for stuff (especially food) while we are out on dates.
It’s weird – but it works for us.