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Thrift wins out over romance

Being able to manage money makes people more attractive to the opposite sex than good dress sense or owning your own home, according to Halifax research.

Ninety-one per cent rank a good personality as the most appealing characteristic in a potential partner, followed by 89 per cent who rate a good sense of humour highly.

Skill with personal finances ranks alongside good looks and physical attractiveness at 65 per cent. A frugal attitude to money is admired but ostentatious displays of wealth and a big bank account were voted a turn-off.

Sixty per cent cite a person with no big debts as very important factor when choosing a partner.

Men place greater importance on dress sense and good looks while women are more interested in work ethic, stable income and a good job.

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