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Hey, big spender: Bundle's gender breakdown

Single men spend more than single women on just about everything. OK, no, not clothes.

By Janet Paskin Jan 20, 2010 10:00AM

In the war between the sexes, it's never easy to say who's winning. Now, though, you can see who's spending. And it might not be who you think.

 

According to Bundle -- a brand-new partner site of MSN Money that lets users investigate spending trends by age, household, income and geography -- single men outspend single women in almost every category. Yes, men make more than women do -- about 25% more, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research.

 

But even among men and women with similar household incomes, men spent about 19% more than women on food and 16% more on travel. Their insurance bills were higher, they paid more for school-related expenses, even their phones cost them more. Hey, I guess you've got to keep the bromance alive.

Look closer, and some of the trends suggest real differences in the ways single men and single women live their lives. They spent almost exactly the same amount of money on groceries, but men spent 45% more on eating out than women:

 

 

Perhaps men are still picking up the check, or maybe women are more likely to cook.

And while it's not so surprising to learn that women spend more on clothes or what Bundle calls "personal care" -- spas, salons and the gym, among other expenses -- women's monthly spending on their pets tops men's by 57%. On clothes:

 

Do the women in your city outspend the men? Go to Bundle now to check your location and other demographics, then tell us what you find.

Editor's note: Janet Paskin is Bundle's managing editor. She will report back regularly to MSN Money about spending trends and how America spends and saves. She can be reached at janet@bundle.com.


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