Without a doubt, the cost of living crisis has increased the struggle to pay bills and make ends meet. This has impacted the decisions we make and places we shop at.
But how has it changed the dating scene and finding a partner? Here are five ways the cost of living crisis has affected dating:
- You may date a lot less
The fact that the cost of living crisis has made it harder to afford things may put you off dating altogether. Or mean that you date a lot less. This could solely be because it is cheaper and easier to be single whilst you navigate the current situation.
2. Split the bill will remain on the cards for a while
Although it may be a kind gesture for one party to offer to pay for the whole bill, this may make less of an appearance. With the cost of things rising and becoming more pricey, new couples may be splitting the bill for a lot longer than they hoped for.
This may not be such a bad thing. Sharing resources, including money, is a great way to build trust with your partner and develop the bond you have with them.
3. The date location may not be so lavish
If you’re tight on money, then an all-you-can-eat buffet probably won’t be your top pick. To fit your budget, you may consider more affordable places to eat out- like a takeaway.
According to Ocean Finance, the cost for a couple to go out is under £200 per month- with this being slightly higher when single.
4. You may move in together quicker
Yep- with rent prices on the rise and the cost of living becoming much more expensive, you may move in with your partner as soon as you’re sure they’re the one. In and of itself, this can save a new couple both money and time to get to know each other better.
5. You might not dress to impress
The current situation may lead you to put the brakes on your shopping and consumer habits. That could mean a no to the new expensive outfit you had planned for your date.
However, managing your finances is important and this could lead us to value what we already have which is still perfectly good to wear and take pride in.
Feature image by Rene Ranisch on Unsplash.