Well, well, well, you better have deep pockets if you’re planning on having an active dating life in today’s day and age.
Yahoo Finance news outlet has reported on a Match.com annual survey that shows the average cost per state in America, and the results are staggering.
And the average single American spent $1,596 on dating in 2016, according to Match’s annual survey of more than 5,000 people.
Is that something? Dating doesn’t come cheap nowadays unless you live in certain areas of the country — aren’t they the lucky ones?
New York topped the list for the highest average cost for a date night at $297.27. New Jersey ranked second at $259.60, followed by Hawaii and Connecticut.
Meanwhile, South Dakota came in as the least expensive date night, with an average cost of just $38.27. North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa were runner-ups for least expensive.
As if dating wasn’t tricky enough. But it’s important to keep in mind that although the match.com survey accounts for 5,000 singles that don’t mean couples aren’t coming out the pocket as well — keep in mind couples do go on dates as well.
So, we all are spending a good penny (well, except for South Dakota and the rest of them) to cozy up with somebody. The only difference is the single person is trying to get their “leg” in the door while the coupled individual already has their in.
Regardless of your situation, if you’re dating on a budget then you should definitely research affordable activities and date ideas to keep cost low. Here are a few suggestions:
- Happy Hour: Alcoholic beverages aren’t the only discounted items on the menu. Select restaurants do extend their happy hour prices to include a happy hour food menu as well.
- Take to Groupon or other deal saving apps to find discounted activities. FYI: If you don’t want to seem frugal on your date, call your Groupon establishment ahead of time to arrange payment.
- Be creative! Go on a picnic or a scenic bike ride. These ideas reduce cost because in most cases you already have what is needed or you can buy affordable items beforehand. Plus, if done right they can have a romantic feel to them.
- Nowadays LGBTQ individuals are finding it easier to split the check than to rack their brains about who’s supposed to pay. If this tends to be your case considering talking about dividing the bill “beforehand (not during or after).” FYI: A rule of thumb, whoever asked the person on the date should pay for the date. This is primarily for the first date. All subsequent dates with the same individual can be arranged to be divided out unless you are courting someone.