“I don’t think it’s fair to say that people are dating to gain financially; but if you are taking on someone’s financial burden, that tips the scale a little bit,” says Laura Tulley, a 26-year-old Toronto-based publicist. Tulley dated a guy who lived with his parents and carried a lot of debt; but he continued to spend on eating out and drinking.
“It was always in the back of my mind as something that would be an issue.
Carbonaro is a New York City-based certified financial planner and author of "The Money Queen's Guide: For Women Who Want to Build Wealth and Banish Fear.""When you're getting together with somebody -- married or sharing bills -- you're not only combining lives, you're combining finances," Carbonaro says.
But that three-digit number doesn't necessarily tell the whole story.
“Feel free to have your way with whomever your partner is; but don’t hitch your cart to a horse headed into a ditch,” says Gail Vaz-Oxlade, money guru and author of .
“What you’re marrying is someone’s character and their financial behaviour is a reflection of their character.
The survey was conducted April 14-17, 2016, by Princeton Survey Research Associates International and included responses from 1,000 adults living in the continental United States.
The margin of error is plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.