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Being Single Is More Expensive Than Being Married

Would You Marry For Financial Stability?

There seems to be an increased interest in the lives of singletons, which probably has to do with the number of single-person households on the rise (supposedly reaching 9.5 million in the next 10 years) and people waiting longer to get hitched (although that trend may be changing).

These studies say that single women are pickier than married women and more young unmarrieds are living with their parents, and now the latest study is saying a single life is more expensive than a married life, almost $400,000 over a lifetime, to be exact.

This study, by UK price comparison website uSwitch, claims the biggest reasoning behind the price gap for singles is housing, which does make sense, but the study doesn't take into consideration roommates, a viable option for singles on a budget. It also states that singles don't go on vacation as much because it's too expensive, but what single person goes on vacation by herself? You go with a group, splitting all the costs! And married couples may be able to save on groceries and buy in bulk, but I agree with Martin Lewis, founder of the website, in the BBC News article when he says being a smart consumer makes a big difference.

Even with all the benefits of being single, would you marry a settling soulmate if it meant a more financially stable life?

Gawjuslayd Gawjuslayd 7 years
LMAO! this is hysterical. My bf of 1.5 years hasn't had a job since the first three months we dated. I was unemployed, and only now is he working-finally! Things are tough, but we still love each other greatly. When the day ends, we both realize that we must really be in love with one another to put up with this BS!
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
i think its a motivation for a lot of people when you live in an area with costly rent and real estate options. living together is the obvious first step but perhaps some girls dont like to move in before marriage so thats how it comes about...
lilkimbo lilkimbo 7 years
Like others, I wouldn't marry just for money, but money would be part of the motivation for marrying someone rather than just living together, etc. Also, just to point out, having roommates is still typically more costly than living with a significant other. I pay $1600/month for my one-bedroom apartment. It would be about $2200/month for a similar two-bedroom apartment in my neighborhood. So, living with a significant other would cost $800/month each and living with a roommate would cost about $1100/month each. That extra $300/month adds up over time!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I ain't sayin' she's a gold digger... Anyways, no.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 7 years
The term "settling soulmate" seems like an oxymoron to me. If the person is truly your soulmate, then you are not settling. Hence, the traditional wedding vows, "for richer or for poorer." I'm sure a romance/relationship is much easier when there are not financial worries, but is that person going to stick around when the going gets tough?
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Really, snarky? I don't think is really any more or any less stable then love. People lose jobs, become injured, go bankrupt, lose retirement, etc.
Bettye-Wayne Bettye-Wayne 7 years
Only if he had a huge penis... no, just kidding. Marriage in America is such a sham, if I didn't have a beautiful little girl (whose feelings I have to consider) who knows what I would marry for. Slick new last name, get him his green card, some serious $$$$$, life is an adventure and marrying for money would be an adventure. Though I wouldn't go into something like that expecting to get a happily-ever-after out of it. Steph I had no idea you were a single mom until now! Rock on! I am a single mom too and I absolutely 100% love it!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 7 years
I wouldn't marry for money but I would put off marriage to a person who wasn't financially stable.
lickety-split lickety-split 7 years
What's the saying? Something like, "the person who marries for money earns every penny". No thanks. Money doesn't warm my heart.
LeiraElle LeiraElle 7 years
I often think about how great it would be to split my rent, but I'm an independent person. I'd never marry someone unless I knew I could stand seeing them all the time for years on end! Yet a similar outlook on finances, regardless of income, is essential.
stephley stephley 7 years
Unless there's some serious affection, when bad times come things are likely to turn ugly.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
Uh, no. That's a horrible idea. And if the last two and a half years have taught us anything, it should be that there are no guarantees when it comes to financial security. I'm not saying that people shouldn't strive to be financially stable anyway, just that I wouldn't marry someone I didn't care fore merely because they happen to be well-off at this point in time.
angel-7 angel-7 7 years
Marry for love and because you want to spend the rest of your life with that person, not because they have money. But make sure he or she is not a lazy scrounger either, but someone who can and will work equally as hard. Whats not to say that one day that 'financial stability' may just get up and leave or lose their job etc, then where would you be...!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
Yes, I would and I will. We are already living together, have a kid and own a house together. We are perfectly happy with the way things are. But getting married will actually have a lot of financial benefits for us. We save a bunch of money because I can get in on his health plan and he'll pay less taxes (I don't understand why you get tax breaks for marriage but having a kid doesn't make much of a difference...) Obviously I would never marry someone I didn't love for money...
snarkypants snarkypants 7 years
Without a doubt. Call me shallow, but I think money is more stable than "love"
stephley stephley 7 years
Nothing's guaranteed: you could marry someone really talented, with great job prospects, only to have them develop agoraphobia, or turn out to be a secret alcoholic - or 5 years after the wedding see them replaced at work by a new computer program. The feeling that someone's not my soulmate but does have a lot of great qualities could fade after a couple years of the finances not being quite as stable as you expected them to be. I'd much rather be able to depend on myself financially and have a loving relationship as a bonus. (Spacekat: single momhood isn't as intimidating as it sounds! :) )
Pistil Pistil 7 years
No, because then you're only financially stable until you're divorced, or your partner is layed off, or dead. Never mind love, financially it doesn't make sense, unless you can make a career out of gold digging.
amber512 amber512 7 years
I'd rather have love than money.
Tonii2010 Tonii2010 7 years
I agree with Tammy you should marry some one for love but at the same time would not marry some one if they did have a job and no source of income. You should still consider if that that person can help take care of some the responsibilities and can help provide for the family
TammyO TammyO 7 years
Marry for love absolutly, but make sure the guy or girl you are seriously considering can at at least hold down a steady job for a while(whatever job that might be whether it be trash collector, house painter or lawyer). Then you can at least be sure they do have responsiblities and aren't total lay-abouts.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 7 years
I wouldn't settle down for " financial stability". That's why I'm going to school for. However, marriage does bring a lot of economical benefits, and I would marry someone that I'm completely in love with for those benefits.( For me, living together is the same commitment as marriage, but being legally married does bring a lot of legal benefits. And if we are already living together, we might as well get marry).
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