Even financial services firms are at it. First direct offers those switching their current account £125 if they’re happy with the move, £100 if they are not.
But, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, can you really put a price on love?
Retailers certainly can. According to one leading dating site, an estimated £86 million will be spent this weekend by those looking forward to Valentine’s Day.
So perhaps it shouldn’t be surprise that even when we’re excited about the prospect of love in the air, we’re still thinking about the pound in our pocket.
A poll has revealed that many single people feel short-changed from their dating experience with some even asking their dates for money back.
It seems many view the money they spend on romance as an investment from which they expect a long-term return rather than a speculative gamble.
Research by TopCashback.co.uk reveals the majority of singletons (70 per cent) have been on at least four unsuccessful dates in the last year and as a result 40 per cent feel out-of-pocket.
It concluded that the average date currently costs around £70 – of which £25 is spent in preparation (including a new outfit and pampering sessions) £35 on the date itself and £10 catching up with friends to share the juicy details. It means the cost of unsuccessful dates could tot up to several hundred pounds a year.
The survey of 1,000 singletons revealed nearly half (44 %) think they’ve spent too much cash on dates that haven’t worked out and a further 45 per cent see the money they’ve spent on failed dates as being wasted.
Not surprisingly, many say they look to save money on dates, whether it’s by splitting the bill or using an offer or discount code. A majority of men and women would make a quick exit if the date wasn’t going well
Taking things to an extreme, perhaps, a small but bold seven per cent of men have even asked their date for money back if it didn’t work out…..
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