A new survey has revealed just how expensive relationship break-ups can be.
After a split the average Briton spends more than DOUBLE what they did on socialising, going to the gym and other hobbies.
Research suggests monthly costs on leisure activities rise from £201.50 to a staggering £485.10.
The biggest expense switches from slobbing on the sofa takeaways and day trips to nights out and dating.
But singles also splashed out to cheer themselves up by hitting the town with friends (71%) and heading off on holiday (47%) although over a third (41%) just went out and had a one-night stand.
Offer and discount website VoucherCodesPro.co.uk questioned 2,317 UK adults, all of whom had parted from at least one long-term relationship in the past two years.
Initially all those quizzed were asked ‘What do you consider to be your biggest expenses when in a relationship?’ to which the most common responses were ‘takeaways’ (23%), ‘day trips’ (20%) and ‘family/friend social events’ (19%).
When asked to state how much they estimated they spent per month on all leisure activities, such as socialising, hobbies and memberships, the average was revealed as £201.50.
Asked ‘What do you consider to be your biggest expenses when single?’ the most common responses were ‘nights out’ (34%), ‘dating’ (31%) and ‘clothes and accessories’ (25%).
When asked to estimate how much they spent when not in a relationship, the average answer was revealed as £485.10 a jump of £283.60.
According to the results of the poll, a further 9% got a tattoo in response to their breakup, 7% quit their job and 4% went travelling.
George Charles, spokesperson for VoucherCodesPro said: “When coming out of a relationship, regardless of who split up with who, there’s usually an increase in expenditure due to the newfound freedom, wanting to keep yourself busy and meet new people.
“It’s no surprise that many people want to get out there, mingle and have a good time and this is all going to add up when it comes to the hit to their bank balance.
“There’s no harm in trying out new things and enjoying the freedom you have, but make sure you keep an eye on your finances and consider some less costly activities to avoid any sticky situations.”
What singles do to cheer themselves up after a break-up
- Hit the town and got drunk with friends – 71%
- Booked myself a holiday abroad, either with friends or alone – 47%
- Had a one-night stand – 41%
- Joined dating sites and apps to meet new people – 40%
- Brought home a new pet – 15%