How Much Should You Spend On Your Date On Valentine's Day?

Valentine's Day is not cheap. Flowers, gifts, dinner; before you know it you've blown a couple of hundred bucks in one night. So how much should you spend on Valentine's Day? A new survey has revealed what people think is a reasonable amount to spend on their date.

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Cashless app maker has conducted a survey of 2204 Australians on the topic of Valentine's Day. It has found that 70 per cent of respondents are planning to take their date out for dinner and drinks on Valentine's Day.

New couples who have dated for less than three months are the most frugal of the lot with 44 per cent of respondents capping spending on the day to $100. But once couples past the six-month threshold, spending doubles with 62 per cent of people saying they would spend up to $200. This figure remains consistent throughout a relationship, the study suggested, with only a few Australians willing to fork out $300 or more on Valentine's Day.

Another interesting finding of the survey is that 76 per cent of female respondents are willing to contribute to the bill on Valentine's Day. Less than half of male respondents share the same view. Nonetheless, 78 per cent of men usually pick up the bill anyway but 37 per cent of women usually opt to split the costs.

So the standard for spending on the day seems to be at $200. How much are you willing to spend on your partner this Valentine's Day? Let us know in the comments.


    I don't have a partner for valentines day. :( So I don't need to spend any money :)

    Been with my partner for over 4 years. This year: Homemade scones, and shortbread biscuits.

    There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars (not that I haven't done it), but it is easier than spending a few hours preparing something special.

    valentines day is such a money grab, commercialised bollocks that makes people feel like they are bad partners if they dont do anything on valentines day.
    im sorry, but i dont need this day of the year to dictate how and when i give to my S.O. or show appreciation to her.

    If you want to spend something, spend whatever makes you feel comfortable and makes them feel loved knowing you did something good for them out of the kindness of your heart. Don't feel confined to an arbitrary amount.

    Totally agree with you! However, the friends of the missus all go on about how much their partners spent on them or what they did. The missus can feel a little left out socially if we don't do something even though she agrees Vday is BS. It's all about keeping up with the Joneses.

    $6 for two packs of those new tim tams flavours. They both looked good and I couldn't work out which she would like most so I got them both. Deal was for 2 anyway!

      Get some ice-cream for them, and you'll be King of the House!

        Since the purchase we've decided we should eat a little healthier. I'm not adding to it!

    I'm spending whatever it costs to make a fancy brunch at home, he's bringing over a bottle of champagne (which neither of us really like but he was given at work) and we'll be watching something streamed from Netflix.

    So fancy.

    Best Valentines I had was something I made myself. Teddy bear, holding a baby teddy bear cost me a tenner, and a bunch of roses in the gap where the arms crossed.

    Not as cheap these days, but it was the thought that mattered, and that I'd gone out of my way to do something different.

    Dont need to spend $100 on 24 roses, or on a big fancy dinner, just give something that shows you care, and that you put some thought into it. Of course, if you're flash with cash, it doesnt hurt to spend it either, and for better or worse there are always those that count the cost over the care.

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