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The Money-Mate Theory

The Money-Mate Theory

Watch out fellas! How you spend or save can tell a potential mate what kind of partner you are!

Daniel Kruger of the University of Michigan says he found a correlation between how men spend their money and what kind of mate they are. According to a recent study, men who spend their money freely are only in it to win it, if you know what I mean. Plasma screens are the new peacock tails and men who spend the dough are more likely to have mates than life partners.

So, if you're looking for the keeper, look no further than your savers. These guys tend to shift from mates to an "investment in the relationship and potential offspring." According to Kruger, men compete with one another to show off their resource potential...it's like a "my stick is bigger than yours" match with money, and how they use that money is directly correlated with how they view their relationships.

Apparently, the same holds true for investment portfolios, too. The more risk you're willing to take, the less family-oriented you are...according to Kruger, that is. I'm not sure I buy into this school of thought, though. I think a man's decision to settle down or not has a lot more to it than just how he spends his money. One would hope that when he does settle down he'll be responsible with his money and look towards a brighter future, but just because he's got money to blow doesn't mean he's unfit for the long haul.

Let's get both sides of the coin on this one because now I'm curious as to what everyone thinks. Can a man's spending habits truly predict his suitability as a life partner, or is it one factor in many? -Kristy Young

Posted: 12/24/08