I'm a 'sugar baby' who gets paid $500 per date - here's what it's really like to date sugar daddies and get cash, gifts, and 5-star hotel stays
- A freelance writer in her early 30s is sharing her experience as a "sugar baby."
- The writer, who has been granted anonymity to protect her identity, said sugar daddies pay her upwards of $500 for a date with her.
- She also receives gifts like shoes and clothing, trips across the US, and access to five-star hotels and fancy restaurants.
- Read on for a firsthand look at what it's like to be a sugar baby, from the way she vets potential sugar daddies to how she spots a scammer online.
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Six months ago, I decided to become a sugar baby.
My reasoning was simple. I'd grown frustrated with dating men in my city - maybe I'd just had one too many Tinder dates end in mediocre conversation. My day job offers me control over my schedule, since I don't work a traditional 9-to-5. I wanted to supplement my income and have some fun doing it, so I decided to try finding a sugar daddy.
For the uninitiated, "sugaring" is a form of dating in which one partner financially supports the other, often in the form of cash or gifts. As a woman in a major city with an appreciation for societal deviance, I figured the lifestyle might suit me well.
Whether it was exhaustion of millennial swiping, or maybe the thrill of experiencing life outside my usual means, I found myself creating a profile on the primary website for sugaring connections - SeekingArrangement.
In the half-year since then, I've met some highly interesting people - not to mention I've received thousands of dollars in cash, trips across the country, access to five-star hotels and restaurants, and expensive gifts like shoes and clothing I never could have ordinarily afforded.
Read on for a firsthand look at what it's really like to be a sugar baby.
In my short time as a sugar baby so far, men have paid me $500 per date and bought me designer clothes, $400 dinners, and stays at 5-star hotels I could never afford on my own
Before I found my first sugar daddy, I needed an idea of why I was sugaring
It's worth noting you should never become a sugar baby just for the money
Anonymity is key for sugar babies and sugar daddies — I created an alter ego just for my online sugaring presence
There's an art to making a sugar baby profile — and certain precautions you have to take
I quickly learned some of the lingo that sugar babies and sugar daddies use
Before I meet up with any guy, I iron out the terms of our arrangement
A lot of sugar daddies are married, which provides some challenges
Every sugar baby has to decide how much of a commitment they want with their sugar daddy
There are a ton of safety concerns I have to keep in mind as a sugar baby — as well as scams that fake sugar daddies try to run
I don't consider what I do sex work, but sugar babies have a range of opinions on it
Interestingly, not all sugar daddies want a sexual or intimate relationship
And yes, 'sugar mamas' exist — but they're exceedingly hard to find
Being a sugar baby requires a lot of patience — but it's worth it
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