6 Ways A Boyfriend/Girlfriend Saves You Money

by Broke Grad on June 10, 2008

When most people talk about dating and finances, it’s usually about how much money they’re spending on the other person, or maybe I should rephrase that to how much the other person is costing them. Well, I’m here to turn the the tables around. Dating isn’t always about spoiling your significant other. Here are six ways having a boyfriend or girlfriend can actually save you money.

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1. You learn how to cook.

Love makes us do strange things, including learning how to do things that we may not necessarily be good at or enjoy doing. On the bright side, you learn a valuable skill — cooking. Not only does this impress your boyfriend or girlfriend, it saves you a lot of money, because you don’t have to eat out at expensive restaurants as often anymore.

2. You share.

One of the biggest advantages of dating is that you always have someone to share with when you go out to eat. Since most restaurant portions are huge, it’s usually pretty easy to share a meal between two people, which is a lot less than it would cost to order two full entrees.

3. You take turns paying.

This one definitely depends on the people involved in the relationship. I know there are still people out there who think the guy should always pay for dates. I don’t agree, and I’ve always been lucky enough to find girlfriends who take turns paying for dates. Not only does the relationship feel more balanced that way, it also saves you money (unless you’re a gold digger).

4. You go out less.

This usually starts happening after you’ve been dating for awhile, and things get more serious. Suddenly, you find yourself staying in on Friday and Saturday nights and watching a movie instead of going out with your friends. While your friends may not appreciate this, it’s definitely good for your wallet.

5. You receive gifts.

I might be stretching it with this one, but I’m including it anyway. Having a boyfriend or girlfriend saves you money, because they buy things for you. One could argue that we end up spending just as much money buying gifts for them, but I’m just going to ignore that argument so I can finish this list.

6. You have somebody to keep you in check.

This scenario should sound famililar if you’ve ever had a boyfriend or girlfriend. You’re at the (mall/electronics store) checking out (those new shoes/that new video game), and your (boyfriend/girlfriend) gives you that look and says, “Do you really need that?”

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rachel @ Master Your Card June 13, 2008 at 11:29 am

This is sort of true for me! When I first met my husband he spent loads of money and i didn’t have any. I stopped him spending as much but once we pooled our finances and got a better job he encouraged me to spend more, but we still didn’t spend as much as he did when he was on his own.

2 Sara June 15, 2008 at 9:10 am

Agreed, but with that caveat that this really only applies to serious relationships. For the first three to four months, it’s easy to go broke having fun together. Once the relationship becomes serious, you also start saving because you may start dreaming and planning for a future together.

3 Value For Your Life June 17, 2008 at 11:39 am

As usual, your post brought a smile to my face! All of these things are true for me, although I do agree with Sara in that in the beginning you can spend more money having fun. Keep up the good work!

4 EmmieR June 19, 2008 at 3:47 am

Of course dating isn’t always about spending a fortune. There are many other pleasant things that usually cover all the expenses mentioned above. In fact, an ability to save is helpful in all possible life situations.

5 Simon Jones February 9, 2009 at 7:56 pm

I don’t know. I’m a guy, and i don’t like it when my girlfriend pays for stuff, like when we’re going out. it just doesn’t feel right that she is paying, i usually pay all or half.

6 tom April 30, 2009 at 7:10 am

Those points are only true for idea situations.

Not all people like to split the cost when going out. Either the guy is the kind that will always pay or the girl expects the guy to pay.

Not all people like to stay inside, some like to go out all the time and spend money vs. those that like to stay in or go out but do outdoor activities that cost almost nothing.

7 Jessica December 12, 2009 at 12:40 am

I beg to differ.
Having girlfriend has burnt a hole in my pocket.
1. I learn to cook after realising I spent too much on her. She doesn’t cook, and doesnt seem to like it.
2. We rarely share meal. At first, she tends to order food than we could consume, and always choose restaurants with high prices. Now that I bring up the idea of sharing dish, I could save.
3. We do take turns to pay. But if the expenses are high to begin with, I still spend more than I would when I was single.
4. I used to stay at home all the time. Now we go out at least 2/3 times a week. Going out definitely needs money. And I am the one who always pays more. This is very apparent in holiday trips. That’s one big burnt pocket hole.
5. I rather not receive gift because I am content with what I have. If I do have something to purchase, I would use my own money. If she gave me present, it means wasted money from my wallet.
6. She prolly keeps me in check once in a while.
So having a partner definitely burns a big big hole in my pocket.
It has been a big problem lately, at least to me.

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