Behaving like Scrooge is typically not the best way to win points with a date. But a new study concludes that many love seekers think savers are actually more attractive than spenders.
Savers are viewed as having higher powers of self-control than their free-spending peers. That kind of discipline can extend into other areas as well, making life more pleasant for potential mates, the study said.
For example, savers may also be more careful about exercising and watching their nutrition. Those careful about money, the thinking goes, may actually be better-looking than spenders because they have the discipline to work out and eat well.
Titled "A Penny Saved Is a Partner Earned: The Romantic Appeal of Savers," the working paper from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business echoes similar studies showing that post-recession, a certain amount of frugality is appreciated in a partner.