Short of a buck? Apparently Adelaide is the best place for Valentine's Day!

Short of a buck? Apparently Adelaide is the best place for Valentine’s Day!

They say love doesn’t cost a thing, but that’s not the case when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine's Day DinnerThey say love doesn’t cost a thing, but that’s not the case when it comes to Valentine’s Day.

With the big day just around the corner, some research has been released about the varying costs of a romantic evening out in Australia’s major cities.

As it turns out, Valentine’s Day is going to be far more expensive for some citizens than others; Darwin citizens are going to pay the most, whereas Adelaideans will find themselves saving a few pennies.

On average, a typical Valentine’s Day night will cost Australians $179

  • 61% of singles are happy to be single on the day if it means avoiding Valentine’s Day organisation
  • 30% of people grudgingly celebrate the day
  • Brisbanites fork out more than both Melbournites and Canberrans
  • Darwin is the most expensive city – 33% more expensive than Adelaide, the cheapest capital city

According to a Cost of Living analysis1 chartered by EliteSingles, a typical Valentine’s Day date of dinner for 2, a bottle of wine, cinema tickets, and a taxi ride home costs Australian singles an average of $179. But some singles are set to fork out more than others; Darwin is the most expensive place to take a date out, followed by Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart and Adelaide.

Average Valentine’s Day cost1 by city:

Darwin: $203
Sydney: $202
Perth: $195
Brisbane: $181
Melbourne: $171
Canberra: $170
Hobart: $158
Adelaide: $153

The costs don’t stop there –Australians spend on average $86 on their lover’s Valentine’s Day gifts. 2

All in all, it’s no wonder that many singles think Valentine’s Day is more financial stress than it’s worth; 61% of EliteSingles members admitted to being relieved by their single status on Valentine’s Day if it meant they could avoid having to organise (and pay) for an evening out. In further damnation of the day, 30% of singles who were casually dating someone admitted they only celebrate the day grudgingly in order to appease their lover.

  1. Data Analysis based on the average price of dinner for 2 at a mid-range restaurant, a mid-range bottle of wine, 2 cinema tickets, and a 20km taxi ride. Information Source: Numbeo
  2. Information Source: http://www.smartcompany.com.au/marketing/sales/35492-valentine-s-day-spending-by-consumers-continues-to-grow.html
  3. Data based on the survery results of 600 EliteSingles members.

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