If you subscribe to wildly outdated 1980s-ish dating stereotypes, you might think that most men are tight-fisted cheapskates or that women expect to be treated to jewels and four-course lobster dinners during the courtship dance. Not so, according to new statistics about dating and money culled from a survey of 550 singles by Match.com.
Here are a few surprising findings from the poll:
1. Women are Cool with Coupons
“Forty-six percent of women said it doesn’t matter how much their potential partner spends on a date, and in fact, surprisingly 46 percent of women would be fine if their date used a coupon to pay for the date.”
2. Men Usually Lay Out Big Bucks for Dates
More than 50 percent of men spend usually more than 50 bucks on a date, but, true to stereotypes, women are three times more likely to shell out $25 or less.
3. Budgeting Know-How Is Sexy
No sympathy for victims of the recession! “Fifty-seven percent of singles say debt has an impact on how they view potential partners, and it would cause them to reevaluate their relationships. Seventy-four percent of singles said more than $5,000 worth of credit card debt is a turn-off.”
4. …and So Is Wanton Spending
Yet, contrary to number three, 82 percent of singles surveyed said that a date’s financially generous behavior (tipping, donating, or tithing) would increase their interest in a potential partner. You can’t have it both ways, kids!
The moral of the story? Live within your means, but don’t be stingy when it comes to little date extras — like a nice chocolate mousse cake for dessert. Chocolate is always sexy.
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