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August 27, 2021

Survey says: Saving money is better than sex

Huh. Maybe this is why Donald Trump’s so uptight.

In the words of Tony Montana, in this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the woman.

Grandiose, extravagant stereotyping? Definitely. Sound philosophical reasoning? Sure. Backwards thinking, though? Maybe.

Scarface himself just may have this one wrong after all, it seems. At least, that’s the thinking of a new lifestyle survey that sheds a fresh spotlight on cash and love and what it all means during a recession.

The poll, conducted by websites Allyou.com and Shortcuts.com, found 57% of respondents would rather save $50 a week than have more sex.

And it wasn’t just the horizontal Lambada people would give up for money, either. Of those 57%, 31% said they’d rather conserve 50 bucks a week than come down a clothing size, and 6% said they’d prefer saving even over gaining an hour each day.

The poll’s results were particularly telling because of the 5,877 respondents, only 627 were men.

So, yeah, guys are pigs and their absence in the survey has something to say about the whole money over sex thing (since with men it’s usually money for  sex and … wait, did I say that out loud?), but how do you explain this?

According to the survey, more women (45% of respondents) now feel better when they’re cutting grocery costs than sticking to an exercise regimen (24%).

Now, call that what you want, but doesn’t that notion seem contrary to everything society has ever taught us about women and what they think about themselves?

In any case, the Allyou/Shortcuts poll gives us some pretty good insight into how women rank sex, money and self-image during times of economic adversity.

The Consumerist wants to hear from the men, though. They saw how lopsided the respondents were in the women’s favour, so they reached out to guys across the Internet to find their thoughts.

So, male Consumerist user Radi0logy, men have the same rational thought-process as women towards love and money during a recession, right?

“I would pretty much rather have sex than just about anything else in the universe,” he writes.

Well, then.

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

Jason BucklandJason Buckland

The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...