This Is How Much Your Relationship Status Can Affect Your Spending

Whether you're single, in a relationship, or married, your bank account can always tell.

They say, "Love don't cost a thing," but a new study from GiftCards.com found that your relationship status can have a surprising influence on your finances. Researchers surveyed more than 1,000 single, coupled-up, and married women and men about what a typical date costs and how much they spend on special romantic occasions. 

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When it comes to spending, it's often considered more expensive to have an S.O. than to ride solo, but the study found that it was singles who spent the most on dating every month. They doled out an average of $146 per month, compared to $139 spent by those in relationships. Married couples actually spent the least of all demographics, with an average of $130 a month. 

Couple on a date sits at table and laughs.
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This finding was further reinforced by how much the amount each gender spent on their partner decreased as the length of their relationship increased. While men spent an average of $279 over the first six months of their relationship, that dropped to $148 by the third year. Comparatively, women spent $90 during the honeymoon phase and then only $58 by year three. 

However, researchers found the opposite to be true when they assessed how much those surveyed spent on each individual date. Couples who tied the knot spared no expense on date night, averaging $54, while singletons dropped $43 per date. People in relationships doled out just $1 more, reporting an average of $44.  

Not only can your relationship status affect your spending, but one interesting finding of the study showed how a person's financial investment in their relationship can determine where it's headed. While the study didn't take respondents' financial ability based on salary into account, the overall data suggests that, for special occasions, people spend more willingly on those they are likely to marry. For example, couples who spent $86 celebrating Valentine's Day were more likely to wed than those who spent $65. 

Regardless of your relationship status, you don't have to be a Rockefeller to have a successful love life. At the core of all this financial investment in dates and special occasions is the intangible investment of time and effort — and that's truly priceless.

(H/T: Elite Daily)  

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