Valentine’s Day is emerging around the corner marked by cinnamon hearts, dozens of roses that will eventually meet their end and the subtle emptying of your pocket book, all in the name ‘love’.
Like it or not, finding Mr./Ms. Right comes with a hefty price tag.
A recent study by RateSupermarket reveals that behind every love story is a destitute former single with a drained bank account filled with disappointment.
Wearing a massive sheet of overpriced tulle and a crisp tuxedo might sound romantic (whatever that means) but the study shows that by the time you reach walking down the aisle and saying the words “I do,” a romantic relationship can cost about $61,000.
Why buy a car that can get you from one place to another? Why pay off your mound of student debt? Why make memories on an exotic island with loved ones when you could spend it all on a relationship that will most likely end?
Go ahead, pay for matchmaking sites and use online dating apps to your heart’s content. But don’t expect to get any richer. A membership with eHarmony can cost up to $65 a month.
After a string of blind dates (the 300th date is the charm) which require gas, parking and most likely paying for at least your share of night’s activities, whether it went good or bad, you will soon see the spending doesn’t end.
But hey, “love don’t cost a thing,” as wise Jenny from the block once said.
Once you’ve acquired a committed partner from the long and almost always arduous task of dating, the costs just get steeper.
Ikea trips, condo shopping and, maybe, putting a ring on it.
You have big choices to make: princess cut, cushion cut or marquise? Carnations, roses, or lilies? What will your wedding party be wearing? And what will you give your party as a thank you for witnessing your big day and colossal descent into debt.
And don’t forget that honeymoon getaway. Five star resorts for seven days mean new lingerie, swimsuits and lots of extra-curricular spending.
And after the somewhat amnesic effects of a honeymoon you remember exactly how much money you’ve spent in wooing and dating your spouse. And that’s when it happens; you realize love does in fact cost more than you think.