Varo Money, Inc., a digital banking app for ambitious, responsible millennials who are hands-off with their money, today announced the release of its Love & Money survey. The survey, fielded to hundreds of millennials, discovered that millennials are prioritizing travel, putting money in the bank and looking for Mr. or Ms. Right.
According to the survey, more than half (51 percent) of all millennials are currently on the hunt for a mate, with 27 percent looking for a spouse and 23 percent looking for a long-term partner. The rest are keeping it a bit lighter, especially millennial men, 22 percent of whom would like a friend with benefits (compared to 4 percent of women). A further 16 percent of men would like an open relationship (compared to 3 percent of women), and 15 percent would like no-strings-attached sex (compared to 3 percent of women).
A full three-quarters (75 percent) of millennials agree that there are financial benefits to being in a romantic relationship, including:
More than two-thirds (68 percent) of millennials say they are “hands-off” with their personal finances: they check their bank balances regularly and have a general idea of how much they can spend each month but don’t categorize their spending in Excel or Mint or follow a category-based budget.
Just because they are spreadsheet-averse, however, doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in saving: fully half (50 percent) automatically save a percentage of each paycheck. Another 39 percent are looking for a higher-paying job to facilitate saving, and 36 percent make coffee at home instead of buying lattes.
“Hands-off customers may handle their finances differently than previous generations, but they still think about money and preparing for the future,” said Colin Walsh, co-founder and CEO of Varo Money. “We founded Varo Money for exactly this demographic of people. By providing a full financial picture, proactively notifying customers of their spending patterns and helping them bridge cash traps, Varo is helping millennials achieve their financial goals with a maximum of technological ease and an absolute minimum of hassle.”
Other tactics for getting ahead include going to grad school (13 percent) and giving up avocado toast—a sacrifice more easily made by millennial men (11 percent) than women (3 percent). Millennial men are also more willing to sacrifice romance: 6 percent say they’d be willing to marry up to save some money.
What are they saving for? Property, clothes and cars:
Travel is also a top priority for millennials, who make use of many travel hacks to save money while traveling:
When asked what they would purchase with $2,000 if they could only spend it on one thing, a quarter (25 percent) said plane tickets. Fifty-eight percent also named travel destinations as their favorite topic of conversation. This was followed by:
Varo Money, Inc. (“Varo”), is a digital banking app for the millions of ambitious, responsible millennials who are hands-off with their money and want a bank that’s going to work for them. Varo is building a banking app that helps customers cover their expenses, pay their bills, and build their wealth over time—so they can stop worrying about their money and get on with living their lives. Unlike traditional banks or other fintech apps, Varo is building an all-in-one solution with frictionless, integrated, and automated deposit, budgeting, savings, and lending products that help our customers solve everyday money problems and achieve better financial outcomes. Based in San Francisco and privately held, Varo has raised $34M with an early funding round led by Warburg Pincus in May of 2016, one of the largest-ever for an early-stage financial technology company. Bank accounts for Varo Money are provided by The Bancorp Bank, Member FDIC. For more information, please visit https://www.varomoney.com and follow us on Twitter @varomoney.