I went to CVS yesterday to score some free candy corn and the cashier complimented me on how I got my total down to zero. Then he gave me my receipt and asked me on a date. Was he smitten by my amazing coupon skills? I’m not sure, but I think frugality is a good quality in a potential mate. Sometimes I worry that this blog will be like guy repellent. I imagine someone googling me before a date and wondering why they agreed to go out with a girl who camped out in a Chick-fil-A parking lot and doesn’t have cable.
A cheapskate may be a turn off, but someone who’s smart with their money probably has other areas of their life together too. A survey by ING Direct found that “the majority of men (61 percent) find a frugal blind date to be ‘smart’ and ‘sexy.’” Budgeting, investing and saving may be yawn inducing to a lot of people, but I think that they’re all habits that I’ll look for when I consider getting in a serious relationship. I’d prefer a guy to take me on a creative, affordable date than feel the need to impress me with an expensive one. I think it means a lot for someone to invest in themselves and save for the future, instead making frivolous purchases that provide instant and temporary gratification. As the economic downtown continues and more and more people understand the importance of saving, frugality may become a more attractive quality for a lot of daters.
Do you think frugality is sexy?