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Do you suffer from date poverty?

WHILE you may not have heard of date poverty, chances are that if you’re single and live in a city, you’ve suffered from it.

Research has shown the average singleton has just £22.22 to spend on a date, with those living in the south-west able to fork out the least in the country at £19.44. If you’re in the south-east, you’re positively loaded, with £24.86.

The study — incongruously carried out by Glowing Embers, a company that specialises in wood-burning stoves — spoke to 1,250 people and found that ten per cent have had to cancel a date because of a lack of funds. Which is super-awkward as nearly half say they’d be put off by a partner who couldn’t afford to go on a date. Eek!

While many singletons like to be swept off their feet — taken out for a three-course meal with a trip to the theatre or the cinema — the reality is that it’s becoming far less likely. With the average price of a UK cinema ticket around £7.21 and a meal for two in a mid-range restaurant around £40 without booze, perhaps there is some truth in the fact that almost one in five of us blames our bank balance for our single status.

It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase saving yourself for the right person…