OK, brief backstory.
I work at a restaurant. Right next to the restaurant where I work is a Border’s bookstore. There’s a girl who works in the bookstore that I’m slightly enamored with. We met when I was getting a “cookie Javakula” coffee (which actually turned out to be quite delicious) in the store coffee shop. She made it for me (she used to work in the coffee shop but now she’s working in the book part of the store), and gave me extra cookies because I told her I loved cookies. Then we chatted a bit. We laughed, told a few anecdotes - it was all very romantic. I’ve seen her a few times since and we always smile at each other and sometimes chat.
OK, so I certainly like her and as best as I can gather, she seems to like me too. The problem is money. I don’t make a whole lot - enough to support myself, but I’m in a stage where I’m trying to save money in order to move out of the hood (and I’m not exaggerating, I live in south central L.A.). I know girls can be pretty expensive, and I am extremely frugal. So I haven’t been really pursuing or even thinking about romantic relationships. And since she works at Border’s, she can’t be making much either.
So is it worth it for me to ask her out? That is, are the potential benefits of a romantic relationship greater than the costs? How much can it hurt to just go to one movie and see where it goes? Is it a concern I should bring up right away, or at least fairly early? I don’t seek advice from others often, but I have to admit this is the first time in a long time I am truly at a loss for what to do with myself. So please tell me what to do.