MOST people would prefer to fall in love with a saver rather than a big spender.
More than eight out of 10 people said they would prefer to link up with someone who is good at putting money aside, according to a survey commissioned by savings bank RaboDirect.
In contrast to the famous song, this survey suggests that those who embrace the savings habit actually have an advantage in the romantic stakes.
The survey implies that the ideal lover has a healthy bank account rather than a tendency to flash the cash on fancy meals in posh restaurants and bling gifts.
Savings experts said this gave the impression that the topic of conversation for an ideal first date would be a sharing of savings tips, instead of discussions about spending lavishly and weekends away.
But despite 81pc of people seeing a saver as an ideal partner, less than half of people are actually savers.
Tight finances are leading people to shun wedding invitations. Almost a third of people have reported turning down an invite to a wedding because of the costs involved.
And in a further sign that romantic Ireland's been replaced by savvy savers, three-quarters of people say they now haggle for better prices.
Haggling is popular when it comes to purchasing home and car insurance, cars and household appliances, according to the Empathy Research survey for RaboDirect.
The research found that one in three has reused a tea bag more than once and that large numbers drive around to find the cheapest diesel and petrol.