PHOENIX- Dating can be expensive. We all know it.
Spending money on things like dinners, movies, extravagant trips. It adds up, especially when you’re already treading the water living paycheck to paycheck.
Singles In America surveyed nearly 5,000 people across the nation to find out more information about their dating life. Among several other conclusions, they discovered that 29.4 percent of those surveyed said their financial situation has held them back from pursuing love at some point in their life.
That’s 30 percent! 1,471 out of 4,997 people.
“Love should be about the heart, not the wallet, but even the strongest romantic bond will sometimes be tested by financial realities,” Michelle Brownstein, CFP(R), vice president of private client services at Personal Capital, said in a press release.
In addition, the survey showed that 21 percent of Millennials believe they need to reach a certain level of income to even pursue a relationship, as opposed to 14 percent of the overall singles in the survey.
(Again) dating is expensive. In fact, a 2015 survey done by WhatsYourPrice.com looked at the top 10 “most generous cities in America” and found the total average single men spend on a first date for each place. And guess what the top city was?
Reno, Nevada. Topping off spending $230 on average for a first date.
The 2015 study is obviously out of reach for (most) people. Sure, you can spend $400 in two hours, on someone you just met, but there are definitely other ways.
Here’s a few fun and FREE date ideas that won’t have you taking a loan out or spending a full paycheck on dinner.
- Check out Groupon, it might surprise you. Its full of great discount date ideas like horse back riding, rock climbing, comedy shows, etc.
- Eat an entire meal with Costco’s free samples
- Go on a hike or a bike ride
- Be a tourist in your own town
- Find live music or a free concert
- Plan a game night
- Visit the farmer’s market
- Find a new recipe and bring out your inner chef
- Go stargazing with snacks and wine
- Go to a free night at a local museum