SingleMa blogged this week about the cost of having a boyfriend, in response to the Millionster's post about the cost of having a girlfriend. And guess what? Both are expensive! There are the obvious costs of food, entertainment, gifts and birth control. Then there are less obvious things, like gasoline, and perhaps turning up your thermostat. And then the biggie turns out to be all the issues of personal hygiene!
Forget shaving once a week, try every day. You’ll need all kinds of body spray and cologne to hide your manly fragrance. You’ll also need hair gel, toothpaste, white strips, q-tips, colonics, deodorant, haircuts, back waxes, manicures and eyebrow waxing. All of this to convince her that you’re not the Cheerios eating, smelly, hairy beast you know you are.For girls:
hair/mani/pedi - this is the sister-friend to clothes and shoes. No need to waste money on fabulosity if your hair is a hot mess... total body feel/smell good - this is a combination of things - fancy shower gel, body spray, perfume, expensive moisturizer, etc. The point is, we must look good AND smell good.Regardless of your gender or that of your partner, the fact of the matter is that you are going to have to spend some money if you want to enjoy affectionate intimacy with another human being. If you're too cheap to do that, you're probably single. But being single isn't all that fun. So what's the answer? See my post on the costs of a long-distance relationship.
Sure, you've got phone bills. Sure, travel is expensive. But in between, you can stay home and eat Spaghetti-Os for dinner every night, let your toenails grow a foot long, and wash your clothes as infrequently as you want. Even with video calling, the image quality isn't good enough yet for anyone to really know if your skin is dry or your hair is greasy. You can be a total pig. And when the phone rings and that sultry voice says "what are you wearing right now?" Imagination is free, baby.